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I-1163: Measure can prevent maltreatment

Letter by Cody A. Creamer, Tacoma on Oct. 14, 2011 at 11:08 am with No Comments »
October 14, 2011 12:52 pm

Re “Can’t afford it, don’t need it, hurts the state” (editorial, 10-9)

This editorial states that Initiative 1163 would hurt our state’s economy even more. What about the patients that are going to be hurt or even killed by not having the proper care from professional caregivers?

It is imperative that we have proper background checks on the people caring for our disabled and elderly. This initiative makes it mandatory for all long-term care workers to be properly trained for emergencies as well as how to properly care for the disabled and elderly.

It is estimated that 2.1 million older Americans are abused each year, and with every case that is reported another five cases of abuse and neglect do not get reported. It is up to the citizens to help the helpless and get them the proper care, which they need.

If we implement adequate training and background checks to the long-term caregivers, then we stand a good chance of seeing a dramatic reduction in maltreatment and neglect of our elderly and disabled.

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