Mpls. model seniors complex offers housing with peace of mind

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 8, 2012 - 10:24 AM

New buildings include assisted living and memory care facility, plus a senior health and wellness center.

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freak00069Mar. 7, 1210:31 PM

27 million....wonder what the operating costs will be

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mnmonkeyboyMar. 8, 1212:21 AM

Freak...what is the alternative, let low income seniors live in u safe and unfit housing?

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Willy53Mar. 8, 12 5:47 AM

You're looking at the public cost of gutting benefits like pensions and retirement plans that keep the elderly off of public assistance. The beautiful thing about most unions is that they REDUCE the need for government to provide subsistance living for seniors! The effort to abolish unions and drive wages down will eventually raise taxes for everyone. A looming crisis is the baby boom retirement wave that will produce so many inadequately, financially prepared seniors. A political philosophy that continually depresses wages and benefits may enhance business profits in the very short term but as ordinary wage earners have less to spend the economy drags and ultimately, retirement stressed seniors need massive public assistance creating higher taxes. There is a better, more humane way: livable wages and pensions.

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kwirkyMar. 8, 12 7:16 AM

good press and always good to try new things in a changing world - and with or without unions the operation will eventually be defined as a managed care facility subject to the same regulatory obligations as a nursing home. Hope it works for the people who need it.

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mark44Mar. 8, 12 7:27 AM

Why is the Mpls Housing Authority involved in the construction of this building? Aren't nursing homes supposed to be under the State umbrella? It seems like this is just another example of Mpls taxpayers subsidizing another state function. I'm not saying it shouldn't be built, but is should be the state paying for it, not Mpls taxpayers.

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samiamMar. 8, 12 7:50 AM

If we don't help the elderly, what does that say about us as a society?

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jim2011beamMar. 8, 12 8:01 AM

The rotunda features a sweeping curved staircase. Sounds like artwork to me. How many seniors with canes, walkers and in wheelchairs will use a "sweeping curved staircase"?

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gbrauerMar. 8, 12 8:33 AM

jim2011beam - not many, but at my mom's care facility many other residents and guest do use the stairs. (She is in a private care facility.)

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mnfishMar. 8, 12 8:53 AM

Now, if we could only have this type of warm fuzzy feeling on the issue of helping young families get into affordable homes, it'd be great. With the lack of wages and jobs currently, many young families are struggling more than their elders. One big difference is....their elders lived during the greatest growth this country has ever seen, and still many are ending up on public assistance. Can you say lack of planning?

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pdxtranMar. 8, 12 9:42 AM

mnfish: The period of greatest prosperity was not equally prosperous for all, especially women. When my grandfather died in the early 1960s, my grandmother found that he had arranged for payment of his survivors' pension to her to stop after 5 years. (Thanks to the feminist movement, he would no longer be able to do this.) His will said that he didn't want his pension money going to her second husband. Well, she never remarried and as a traditional housewife who had never held more than an occasional part-time job, she was dependent on Social Security for the rest of her life.

While my grandparents weren't poor, there were still poor people, even during the period of greatest prosperity. Planning had nothing to do with it.

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