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Workgroup in Minnesota Publishes Report on Elder Abuse

February 06, 2018

A Consumer Workgroup in Minnesota, convened by AARP Minnesota at the request of the Governor, has published a report on elder abuse in long-term care settings.  The workgroup was created in response to a Minneapolis Star Tribune article which shed light on Minnesota's failure to protect older and vulnerable adults from abuse in nursing homes, assisted living settings and in thier homes.  The workgroup was also in response to a 2017 report from the Minesota Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) which reported a 600% increase in maltreatment reports since 2010 and were only able to investigate 1%.  The report recommends policy and agency practice changes including:

  • Strengthening and expanding rights of older and vulnerable adults and their families;
  • Enhancing criminal and civil enforcement of rights;
  • Developing new licensure grameworks for assisted living and dementia care across residential settings; and
  • Improving Minnesota Department of Health licensing regulation, OHFC enforcement and investigative process and Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center reporting.

Read the full report here.  Read the report from the State Ombudsman here.

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