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.