Caregivers hope that a new law mandating new elder abuse reporting procedures will assist the police in investigating instances of crime and thus cut down on such incidents in the future. At the beginning of this year, a new measure was enacted that tasks caregivers with getting in touch with police the moment they suspect elder abuse has occurred. Prior to the law’s passage, caregivers were only required to inform adult protective services in the form of the ombudsman’s office. Caregivers from Shasta and Anderson both believe that this will be a good way to cut down on elder abuse, as police will be briefed as to the details of an incident much sooner than they otherwise might have.
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