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Minnesota takeover of Red Wing nursing home is latest sign of industry trouble

Minnesota's takeover of the Bay View nursing home in Red Wing last month is an ominous sign to advocates that the state's elder-care system is fraying, despite rising demand for care in an aging population.

Bay View has unique problems - violating multiple care standards and landing on a federal list of troubled facilities - but it was the third nursing home placed under state control in two years through court-ordered receivership. Minnesota had only taken that emergency step once in the preceding seven years.

While receiverships prevent broke nursing homes from closing abruptly and kicking out frail residents, they come late after facilities have lost workers, fallen behind on bills and cut corners, said Cheryl Hennen, Minnesota's ombudsman for long-term care.


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Buzz writes:

It starts with the top management, owners who care, know how to manage a health care facility. Owners that appreciate their staff, and show the staff, that they care. And most of all the residents, that the valued staff care for. Management needs to know how to use the money they get from the residents, state funding, and grants. Management also needs to state they need help, from the state. Admit when they can't do it anymore, before it's to late. Very sad situation.

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