Minnesota Has Senior Care Issues But is Still Top State for Care
Many are aware that Minnesota has seen its fair share of elder abuse in nursing homes, however, every state does see its issues and Minnesota is considered a top state in care issues. Some of the most notable cases in the Twin Cities area have involved sexual assault within a nursing home, theft, financial abuse, and neglect issues.
When these matters occurs, the residents and/or their immediately relatives have rights that they can exercise when it comes to holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions.
But where Minnesota excels is the ready availability of home health workers and the quality of nursing home beds. This is actually the second year in a row that Minnesota has ranked at the top of the list of the healthiest states for seniors.
In the report, released by the United Health Foundation, Minnesota also ranked first for environment and macro community. This is the area of the report that includes the quality of nursing homes.
The state rankings were determined by data that included the high rate of annual dental visits, the rate of volunteerism among those taking care of seniors, the percentage of marginal food insecurity, the percentage of prescription drug coverage, and how many home health workers there are in relation to the seniors that need them. The quality of the nursing home beds were also considered.
The reason for the report is to understand the conditions in which seniors are cared for and identify ways to improve that care so that senior health improves. Americans are living much longer than they used to and this means that it is projected that the senior population will double in 25 years.
Other important findings in the report include a decrease in the number of senior hospitalizations around the country when compared to 2013. Many hospitalizations are preventable and that is something that is being addressed.
Reasons Why Minnesota is Considered a Top State for Elder Care
Seniors are also more active than they used to be. Physical inactivity has dropped from 30.3 percent to 28.7 percent.
What this news is also showing is that seniors are better managing their health and they are engaging more with their health care. They are also more active in planning for their futures. This is something that is important because the children of seniors have their own families that they have to take care of and plan for. This takes the burden off of the children and/or grandchildren and allows seniors to have more control over what they want when they want it.
The report is also designed to encourage senior citizens and their families to be more proactive when it comes to talking about end-of-life plans.
When the report was compiled, approximately 30 health detriments for seniors aged 65 and older were considered, as well as their collective impact on the health of the population and the national and state levels. The data that was used was drawn from over a dozen government agencies and top research organizations. These include the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and many others.
Minnesota is Top State for Elder Advocacy – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect
For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.
If you have concerns about financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.