Abuse, neglect and exploitation of the elderly and other vulnerable adults is probably underreported, according to Michelle Gayette, elder rights program administrator for the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services. A new law that requires health care professionals report suspected abuse, neglect or exploitation should increase reporting and help many adults who can't help themselves.
Previously, reporting of harm to vulnerable adults was voluntary, and some people were uncomfortable with reporting. The new law "takes the guesswork out of it," said Gayette.
Read more in Tuesday's Times-Record.