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Archive for Friday, June 15, 2012

Statehouse Live: SRS announces effort to reduce elder abuse

June 15, 2012, 1:08 p.m. Updated June 15, 2012, 2:47 p.m.

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— State officials on Friday announced increased efforts to try to protect elderly Kansans from abuse.

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, state Reps. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, Ron Worley, R-Lenexa, and SRS Deputy Secretary Jim Kallinger at news conference Friday on efforts to reduce elder abuse.

Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Secretary Phyllis Gilmore, state Reps. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, Ron Worley, R-Lenexa, and SRS Deputy Secretary Jim Kallinger at news conference Friday on efforts to reduce elder abuse.

Topeka — State officials on Friday announced increased efforts to try to protect elderly Kansans from abuse.

From July 1 through March 30, there were 11,154 reports of alleged abuse, neglect or exploitation of adults, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services reported.

“It is apparent there are Kansas adults who are suffering silently,” said Jim Kallinger, SRS deputy secretary.

State Rep. Ramon Gonzalez, R-Perry, who is also a law enforcement official, said he has seen cases of elder abuse up close.

“It always bothers me when they go on for a while and no one reports it,” said Gonzalez, who is police chief in Perry and an investigator with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.

Kallinger said SRS will increase training of social workers in elder abuse and is hiring four more adult protection services employees.

The agency announced its efforts in connection with international elder abuse awareness day.

Signs of adult abuse include bruises, or other physical marks, hurtful comments, loss weight, depression, isolation and problems paying bills.

SRS says to report suspected abuse of an adult, call the Protection Report Center at 1-800-922-5330.

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FalseHopeNoChange 1 year, 10 months ago

This 'alert' should get 'granny and pa pa' to "retire" in Larryville.

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Armored_One 1 year, 10 months ago

I don't know if anyone is aware of this or not, but if the medical professionals that examine an elderly person that might be a victim of abuse files the paperwork wrong, nothing can be done to the abuser.

All the paper pusher has to do is file the abuse/neglect as 'self inflicted' which is frequently nothing more than a box to be checked, and that is the end of the investigation.

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Orwell 1 year, 10 months ago

Watch for the new positions to be cut when the Brownback Giveaway leaves us billions short.

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avarom 1 year, 10 months ago

I totally agree....the Kansas State needs to provide spotters ......the elderly get sicker from infections and pnuemonia, which comprises their health condition. Also, Diet is very important and should be monitored closely. Everthing looks Kosher if you come announced, it should be a mandatory evaluation on a consistent basis, routine and unannounced...just like child protective service provides to abused and foster children!! God knows all seniors have earned the right to Quality Care!! If these Senior Centers can cut the Mustard, their licenses should be revoked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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shortone 1 year, 10 months ago

SRS also needs to look at elder abuse at assisted living centers. This not only happens in their homes but places where they pay extremely good money for care and are neglected. I believe one home in particular is under investigation and has a lawsuit pending. Google your local 5 Star living center and see what wonderful people they employ to take care of the innocent elderly in need of care!

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Cait McKnelly 1 year, 10 months ago

My elderly 80+ mother-in-law lost $50,000 to a scammer and the police wouldn't even take a report, much less investigate it. She lost every penny she had that wasn't locked down in an IRA. My husband and I were 5 states away at the time and totally unaware this was going on. We now live close by and the MIL has a conservator for her finances. But the fact that law enforcement refused to do anything is a dirty shame.

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Jean Robart 1 year, 10 months ago

I am living with depression, am isolated, and have trouble paying my bills. But I am not being abused except by Medicaid with a ridiculously high spenddown. That isn't what they mean by abuse, though, I don't think.

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