Elaine Wilson, of the State Ombudsman Program (WALB image)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
By Amanda Hoskins
Georgia legislators and the Georgia Council on Aging are working to combat elderly abuse, particularly with in-home care.
They have passed a law that creates a nurse aid registry for all Certified Nursing Assistants.
All reported cases of CNA abuse will go directly into the registry. When a patient gets a new CNA, they can easily see their background.
"Hopefully, they will now be able to report when abuse, neglect, or exploitation occurs, so that these individuals will be taken to task, because it's a crime," said Elaine Wilson, of the State Ombudsman Program. "Elder abuse is a crime."
Wilson believes many of the cases go unreported, but she is optimistic this law will stop the elderly abuse.
The platform is under construction, and will be available soon.