Ceremonial Bill Signing For Kentucky’s New Caregiver Misconduct Registry
Officials said the registry gives businesses and individuals free access to names of people who have been convicted of crimes against those most vulnerable, like the elderly.
It is designed to help reduce abuse and neglect of a vulnerable population.
Nationally in 2013, there were around 25,000 reported cases of crimes against the elderly, according to crime statistics.
Over the past few weeks, ABC 36 News reported two cases of people who were accused of stealing from the elderly.
Police said caregiver Tiffany Whitaker stole checks from an 85 year old man who was recovering from a stroke.
Investigators said in a separate case, Karlen Jett reportedly stole nearly $7,000 from an 84 year old she was caring for.
The signing was at the Christian Care Adult Center at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.
Governor Steve Beshear, State Senator Sara Beth Gregory, State Representative Ruth Ann Palumbo and Eric Friedlander of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services were all present.