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The Elder Abuse Crisis in Minnesota

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By David Holmberg

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I’m from Minnesota, and you might call me a loyalist. All my life, I’ve taken pride in the state’s reputation as a citadel of progressivism. It’s produced an impressive roster of socially conscious politicians—Hubert Humphrey, Eugene McCarthy, Walter Mondale, Orville Freeman—and ranks at or near the top among the fifty states in social services, education, and cultural advantages.

But these days in Minnesota, there lingers the stigmatizing taint of elder abuse—the shocking (especially to a Minnesotan) revelation by the Star-Tribune of Minneapolis that “each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted, or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.”

A 2010 study showed a six-fold increase in reported incidents in the state’s senior care facilities, which may have been a catalyst for a 2017 investigation by the Star-Tribune that uncovered another disturbing statistic: in 2015, “the Minnesota Department of Health received 25, 226 allegations of neglect, physical abuse, unexplained serious injuries, and thefts in state-licensed homes for the elderly.”

Said a board member of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, Iris Freeman: “We should all be appalled at this picture. Minnesota used to be at the top of the heap when it came to elder-abuse enforcement, and now we’re becoming known for being non-responsive.”

But the state did mobilize its legislative, law enforcement, and senior care resources in response to the Star-Tribune’s investigation. It was a response you’d expect in a state with a strong collective instinct for change when change is demanded. It improved compliance standards, developed better programs for training and monitoring employees, and opened communications between law enforcement and other agencies. More

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TS Radio: Foundation Aiding the Elderly {FATE} – Carole Herman-Founder & President

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**CALL TO ACTION**ATTN: ALL Florida Residents! Plz Support SB 896 Introduced SJ 68..Nursing Homes and Related Health Care Facilities (IMPROVEMENTS)The BILL Is DYING In The Senate!

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***CALL TO ACTION*** URGENT*** HIGH PRIORITY***
>> RE: FL SB 896 Nursing Homes & Related Health Care Facilities Introduced into SJ 68 (This Bill is DYING In the Senate) NOT GOOD AT ALL!! Totally INJUSTICE!

PLZ CALL (202) 224-3121  (put your zip code in) Press 1 for Senator…Press 2 for Rep…You can leave a voice mail after hours and weekends.. HIGHLY SUPPORT FL SB 896 & SJ 68.. Its the RIGHT thing to do. Try and Be PROFESSIONAL And POLITE!

Call/email your Fl State Reps & Fl State Senators on FL SB 896 Nursing Homes and Related Health Care Facilities   INTRODUCED into SJ 68 -01/09/18…>>> SLAM THE PHONE LINES PLZ TO PROTECT NURSING HOME RESIDENTS/PATIENTS RIGHTS!   https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2018/00896

Plz Contact Fl Governor Rick Scott and Ask him to Please Support FL SB 896 Nursing Homes and Related Health Care Facilities INTRODUCED SJ 68 Improvements and Residents/Patients Rights! https://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/ 

Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

(850) 488-7146

 

>> ASK POLITICIANS TO REPEAL FS 400.0238 Punitive Damages/Limitations & FS 400.0239 Quality of Long-Term Care Facility..

Debbie Dahmer’s mother Pat Dahmer was MANDATED to Pay 50% of the Punitive Damages Awarded By the Jury to Help Improve The Quality Of Care In Nursing Homes Back in June-2015. The Nursing Home where George was only suppose to be in there for 120 days for evaluation for meds he was on, he was suppose to return home never did. George had Dementia. This case has been going almost a Decade.. The Nursing Home appealed the Punitive Damages and LOST 3 Times. The Nursing Home was FOUND GUILTY on all CHARGES of Wrongful Death and Falsifying Records. Its Totally Injustice and Inhumane what George Dahmer and his family went through. Debbie Dahmer’s father – George Dahmer aka Former Pro Wrestler Chief White Owl from WWF/WWE was severely neglected in a nursing home that led to his death O5/23/08. It was DEVASTATING! RIP George Dahmer! Want to know that George Dahmer or any victims out there did not die in vain…Please STAND UP and SPEAK OUT With Us!  We are all on this earth temporary, make the best of it.  We are all going to become the elderly all in good time if God is willing. Make Positive Changes for Now and our futures. All the Elderly SHOULD NOT be kicked to the curb. It’s not a pretty picture out there. Bring Dignity and Respect back where it belongs. Respect Our Elders, cause soon we will be one if God is willing.. May God Bless You ALL~

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A Huge Sincere Thank You To Carole Herman-Founder & President & All Staff of

 Foundation Aiding The Elderly for Supporting FL SB 896 Introduced SJ 68 and

 all the hard & inspiring work they do for all the elderly in need…

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Also a Huge Sincere Thank You To Brian Lee – Executive Director & Staff of

Families for Better Care for also Supporting FL SB 896 Introduced SJ 68 and

for all their meaningful work &  all their dedication for all the  elderly in need…

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Nursing homes that harm seniors face fewer fines under Trump

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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News

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The Trump administration — reversing guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama — is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under Obama inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

“It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to then-President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016.

Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — 4 of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes. Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores.

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The new guidelines discourage regulators from levying fines in some situations, even when they have resulted in a resident’s death. The guidelines will also probably result in lower fines for many facilities.

The change in policy aligns with Trump’s promise to reduce bureaucracy, regulation and government intervention in business. READ MORE

“Abuse of the Elderly in America’s Rest Homes” tonight’s live show on AJCRadio!

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Congress is About to Take Away Your Rights!

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Call or Write your Senators and Representatives
and tell them to VOTE NO on  H.R. 1215!

The U.S. Congress is fighting hard to take away your rights and the power of individual states to protect those rights.

The influence of BIG BUSINESS over your elected representatives is being used protect careless and greedy companies and their insurers from the responsibility to pay for their own misconduct. They are working to transfer to taxpayers the expense of caring for the victims of corporate misconduct. And if the responsibility to pay for the harm they do disappears then a primary motive for manufacturers and drug companies to make safe products disappears with it.

Let’s Get Specific

H.R. 1215:
If your loved one ends up in a nursing home, and develops fatal bedsores because the nursing home chose to understaff to maximize profits, it won’t matter. This bill leaves victims of nursing home abuse with no practical remedy.

Is it okay with you if your hospitalized child suffers brain injury and dies because there were not enough health care professionals to provide proper supervision? Under this bill, Congress says your child does not have enough value to matter.

Congress is considering a devastating anti-justice wish list in H.R. 1215. The bill would federalize (so long states’ rights!) health care malpractice lawsuits, severely limiting victim’s access to justice.

Oppose H.R. 1215: Congress Should Protect Patients. Period. As many as 440,000 Americans die from preventable medical errors every year, making it the third leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer.

XYZ drug company produces a drug that is hazardous to people taking it. Doctors are told that the drug “has problems”, but some doctors continue to prescribe it because they enjoy benefits from the drug company. You will not be permitted to sue those physicians under this law.

How Will It Cost Tax Payers?

Injured people must get care somewhere. If they cannot receive compensation from the party at fault, they will have to go elsewhere.

*Private health insurance costs can be expected to go up.
*Medicare will get hit for more payments.
*Medicaid will see increased claims.
*Social Security will see increases in disability claims.
*Healthcare costs will rise to cover the uninsured who seek treatment.
*Unemployment claims should be expected to rise as injured workers, uncompensated by the real wrongdoers, will make claims that would otherwise have been unnecessary.
*If you are somehow able to receive a jury verdict or settlement in any of the cases under this bill, the responsible party can require that any amounts over $50,000 be paid out over time; will it be one year, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years?? And what happens to your compensation if the wrongdoer goes out of business before the debt owed to you is paid?

So Why Would Congress Do This?

Because members of Congress owe big corporations and insurance companies for getting them elected. What other reason would cause Congress to pass laws they know will hurt Americans and add to an already heavy tax burden?

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