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Minnesota Health Department signals tougher stance on elder abuse


January 30, 2019

Star Tribune file

"The progress is very real," said Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm, of the state's efforts to improve its system for responding and investigating to reports of maltreatment in senior care facilities.

The state's unusually swift and vigorous discipline of a northern Minnesota care facility where a vulnerable adult is believed to have been subjected to a fatal beating signals a larger effort by the Minnesota Department of Health to follow through on promises of tighter scrutiny over the senior care industry.

In early November, state health investigators arrived at Chappy's Golden Shores, a small assisted-living facility south of Grand Rapids, to investigate complaints of maltreatment. They uncovered what appeared to be alarming levels of violence - including physical, sexual and verbal abuse - and repeated cover-up efforts by facility administrators.


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