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New elderly group fears sexual predators

By July 16, 2012Physical Abuse

A group of 105 elderly men and women in Alabama recently formed the Silver Haired Legislature (SHL), an alliance that is pushing for change in state nursing homes.

They are asking State Legislators to pass a new law requiring nursing homes to alert residents when they take in convicted sex offenders. SHL also wants more employees on staff during the danger hours of 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.

One SHL member worries that her nursing home is understaffed, as there are only two workers in the facility at night.

Joann Elmer, a nursing home operator in Jasper, Alabama said that too often the responsibility to check on residents falls on one of their children, as opposed to all of them.

“You’ve got to remember to go and see them,” said Elmer, “do a check and let them know you haven’t forsaken them.”

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