Elder Care Law Passes House
Jennifer Lewerenz | May 16, 2019 AT 1:02 pm
(KNSI) - A bill protecting Minnesota seniors and vulnerable adults passed the Minnesota House.
The elder care bill would require licensing of all assisted living facilities in the state, something that is not required now. It also calls for additional requirements for places providing memory care. Minnesota is the only state in the country that does not require licensing of such facilities.
The bill also shields residents and their families from retaliation by introducing new guidelines clearly defining what is considered retaliation. It would also provide vulnerable adults the ability to seek enforcement through the right of private action. This means when family members speak up about maltreatment or safety concerns, they are allowed to sue if a resident's rights are violated. Currently, there are no protections against retaliation in either nursing homes or assisted living facilities, rendering many resident rights unenforceable.
Gaps in elder care oversight received widespread attention following a report in 2017 from the Star Tribune called "Left to Suffer", revealing rampant abuse, neglect and other crimes in senior care facilities around the state.
You can read that report by clicking here. Be warned. Some of the details in this story are difficult to read.