Improving Safety Measures for Seniors with Disabilities in Massachusetts
The Department of Public Health is working to improve safety measures for disabled seniors in Massachusetts.
After the release of a report by the attorney general’s office showing multiple cases of elder abuse, the public health ministry said it was working to prevent this from happening again.
In a ceremony at the Statehouse on Wednesday, public health officials discussed the issues seniors face on a daily basis.
They also highlighted how important it is to address these issues for older people who cannot defend themselves, such as people with disabilities.
“The attorney general’s report stressed that we need to create higher levels of supervision in nursing homes for people whether they have developmental disabilities or are simply aging,” said the secretary of health and at Social Services Marylou Sudders.
Since the release of the Attorney General’s report, the Ministry of Public Health has launched a short-term stabilization plan to focus on improving the quality of care statewide.
Secretary Sudders made sure to thank several of the state’s healthcare workers who are leading efforts to help Massachusetts’ aging population.