Improving safety measures for disabled elders in Massachusetts

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The Department of Public Health is working on improving safety measures for disabled elders in Massachusetts.

After a report was released from the Attorney General’s office showing multiple instances of elder abuse, the department of public health said they are working to prevent that from ever happening again. 

At a Statehouse ceremony on Wednesday, public health officials discussed problems that elders face on a daily basis. 

They also highlighted how important it is to address those issues for elders that can’t advocate for themselves, like those with disabilities.     

“The Attorney General’s report pointed out that we need to create greater levels of oversight in nursing homes for individuals whether they have developmental disabilities or are just aging,” said Secretary of Health & Human Services Marylou Sudders. 

Since the attorney general’s report was released, the Department of Public Health has launched a short term stabilization plan to focus on improving the quality of care across the state.

Secretary Sudders made sure to thank several of the state’s healthcare workers who are leading the efforts to help the aging population in Massachusetts.
 

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