A boundary on Minnesota nursing home bingo is going by the wayside.
The Legislature wrapped up its 2015 work in a flurry, with lawmakers working nearly a month late to finalize a $42 billion budget. Here’s a look at some of the state’s new laws, some that failed, and what may be on the horizon.
State authorities have taken over management of nursing homes in Faribault (FAIR’-boh) and Owatonna after their owners ran into financial troubles.
When living at home becomes too difficult for veterans, many end up getting the care they need in nursing homes and other institutions.
Minnesota lawmakers are settling in for a debate that’s expected to go all night long. It’s the $11 billion measure that pays for Health and Human Services programs, including hospitals and nursing homes.
Day after day, Hazel Eng sat on her couch, a blank stare on her face. The powerful antipsychotics she was taking often cloaked her in sedation. And when they didn’t, the 89-year-old lashed out at her nursing home’s aides with such anger and frequency her daughter wondered if her mother would be better off dead.
Part of a state shutdown that has thousands of families worried: Nursing home workers could be declared “non-essential,” and state payments could stop. Furthermore, if there’s an extend shutdown, some nursing homes could close.