Lawmakers creating registry to track caregivers who abuse seniors

Boston Statehouse

Lawmakers are working on a registry for caregivers who abuse their patients, to make sure they can never do it again to anyone else. 

According to the Department of Developmental Services, employers would be required to check the registry before hiring or contracting with a caregiver.

Employers would then be prohibited from hiring anyone whose name is on the registry.

There has been a 30 percent increase in abuse allegations In Massachusetts over the past five years and a nearly 20 percent increase in allegations of sexual abuse against people with intellectual or developmental disabilities

In one case, a man was forced to take a shower where caregivers had the water so hot that it burned 40 percent of his body. Those caregivers remained nameless and continued to work for the state.

The families of victims of caregiver abuse said this has been a long time coming, but they are happy to see something being done to make sure it never happens again.

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