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Senate bill would give increased protection to elderly in nursing homes

April 10, 2003
By: Nishi Gupta
State Capital Bureau

The Senate unanimously passed a bill that protects the elderly and punishes those who are negligent and abusive towards them.

Nishi Gupta has the story.

The legislation requires the Department of Health to list results from recent inspections of Missouri nursing homes. The inspections, both good and bad, would be posted on the department's web-site for all to see. Bill co-sponsor and St.Louis City Senator Pat Dougherty says it's time that those who give the elderly sub-standard care are held responsible.

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OutCue: "provide quality care"
Contents: "What we have are a series of protections for our elderly in the nursing homes. But probably more importantly is that it will be sending a clear message to those who don't really get it- that their job is to provide quality care."

The bill requires background checks for nursing home job applicants and protects employees who report violations. Fines and penalties apply for people caught abusing and neglecting the elderly.

It will now go the House for further consideration.

From Jefferson City, Nishi Gupta, KMOX News.