An incoming law will aid elders who are reliant upon others for care.
Pennsylvania State Representative Frank Farry authored legislation for Act 53 of 2018. The law will make it a crime to intentionally or recklessly endanger a care-dependent person.
The New Law Includes The Following Guidelines:
- Neglect to provide care which causes a serious injury or death.
- Adds abuse of a care-dependent person as a punishable offense.
- Expands the definition of a caretaker to include family members who should be held responsible
- Allows the departments of Aging, Health and Human Services to report suspected abuse or neglect to the district attorneys or the attorney general’s office.
- Disallows any striking, shoving, kicking, or attempts to subject a care-dependent person with physical contact.
Repercussions to Violating Act 53:
- A first-degree felony for death of a care-dependent person, to a second-degree misdemeanor if a caretaker intentionally endangers a care-dependent person by failing to provide for his or her needs.
- A first degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $10,000.00.
- A third degree felony for a caretaker who commits the offense of stalking against a care-dependent person.