Top marks for MN in elderly care

  • Article by: WARREN WOLFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 8, 2011 - 1:56 PM

Some Minnesota programs would save billions of dollars if used nationally, the AARP report said. But some of the state's scores show the need for more work.

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CATWOMAN65Sep. 8, 11 7:31 AM

Be aware of those at our Capital who would rather cut home health programs. The very thing that is needed to keep down nursing home costs. The repubs hate old people!

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bsnewsSep. 8, 11 8:30 AM

REad the Obamacare bill. Won't have to worry about nursing homes, because they won't have money to cover many of their problems. Anything that AARP says, I don't believe. Obamacare cuts 500 billion out of Medicare to give to Medicaid. Some programs have to be cut, our country is broke, If we don't have the money in our households normally we quit the spending and do away with things we'd like to do but can't...if our leaders would do the same we wouldn't be in this fix. There is a time coming when we will go back to taking care of our parents etc. in our homes when they are no longer able to care for themselves. Way it should be.....

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btaSep. 8, 11 8:32 AM

What! This can't be. Everytime a new report comes out on something (education, elderly care, unemployment, etc), Minnesota comes out looking pretty good. How can that be when the Demoncrats keep saying how the Republicans are running the state into the ground?

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rds1449Sep. 8, 1110:30 AM

bta, "What! This can't be. Everytime a new report comes out on something (education, elderly care, unemployment, etc), Minnesota comes out looking pretty good. How can that be when the Demoncrats keep saying how the Republicans are running the state into the ground?"....... Not so fast. The state has still been protected by the Democrats for the last decades. Republican Governor, Democrat legislature and visa versa. The Dems are also the ones responsible for many of the good things this state has in this the health care sector. Please recall the legislation that was vetoed by Dayton. We are fortunate to have him or we would have nothing.

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chavistaSep. 8, 1110:39 AM

bsnews Sep. 8, 11 8:30 AM "...Obamacare cuts 500 billion out of Medicare to give to Medicaid..." You have selected a perfect posting name because everything you post is bs. The Affordable Care Act does NOT take one thin dime out of Medicare to give to Medicaid. You really need to come out of your parents basement to see the sunshine.

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MiketvSep. 8, 1110:46 AM

Rick Perry seems to have some misguided ideas on Social Security and medicare. i thank him for his honesty and hope that anyone older than 40 realizes that he is un-electable. I have always heard the republicans rail against class warfare- but isn't what Rick Perry said last nite- class warfare?

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mymojo1957Sep. 8, 1111:01 AM

We are not going to rank # 1 for long considering Representative Aebler had a policy enacted and signed by Gov. Dayton; Starting 9/1- home care agencies will take a 1.5% cut in pay, 10/1- family members assisting their loved ones in the home will take an additional 20% cut. That is 21.5 % pay cut!! They already have the lowest wages, this will bring many people down to the minimum wage level and force their loved ones into state homes, as their family members will no longer be able to afford to care for them in their own homes.

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mwallekSep. 8, 1111:07 AM

If we lead the nation in raisin farm care, then things are really bad. What is called quality care is far from it. My mother was in one of the "better" nursing homes. Not the "best" which few can afford, but her care at a highly rated establishment was less than stellar. Individual caregivers do care, that is obvious. However, it is also very clear that the institution itself only cares about stripping assets. Low paid staff, young people in positions where older more mature people are needed (because it's cheaper) is a common practice. Cruelty is unavoidable, and your loved one will be subjected to it regardless of the care you take. The whole system is garbage, but it accomodates our "lifestyle," which is the most important thing.

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mymojo1957Sep. 8, 1111:16 AM

I just read an article in AARP on how they are meeting with our mn legislators to address the issues of their policy changes. In their words: •The repeal of Minnesota’s longstanding “equal rates” law will amount to a cost shift on to residents and their families who have saved their entire lives and are now paying out-of-pocket nursing home costs. •And, the budget cut proposals to both nursing homes and home and community based services put Minnesota’s frail elderly in danger of lower-quality care. This artical is NOT addressing the current truth!

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mymojo1957Sep. 8, 1111:18 AM

I just read an article in AARP on how they are meeting with our mn legislators to address the issues of their policy changes. In their words: •The repeal of Minnesota’s longstanding “equal rates” law will amount to a cost shift on to residents and their families who have saved their entire lives and are now paying out-of-pocket nursing home costs. •And, the budget cut proposals to both nursing homes and home and community based services put Minnesota’s frail elderly in danger of lower-quality care. This artical is addressing the past years, NOT addressing the current truth.

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