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The measures being considered at the State Capitol are designed to reduce stress and provide some income stability.
Report issued Monday cites mismanagement, legal violations in grants awarded by Behavioral Health Division from 2017 to 2020.
Auditor report Monday is expected to reveal new oversight failures.
Nearly 40% of the patient population of the Minneapolis and St. Cloud VA health systems has received a first dose of the coronavirus vaccine — a rate that has far outpaced the rest of the state.
Rick Cardenas, a towering figure in Minnesota's disability rights community, whose decades of relentless advocacy helped redefine how many Minnesotans think of people with disabilities,…
Gov. Tim Walz's administration earlier this month imposed a moratorium on youth being discharged from foster care through September, while allowing those who aged out during the pandemic to return to care.
Home care nurses are going door-to-door to deliver vaccines to homebound seniors.
Statewide effort to house homeless likely saved lives and also brought stability.
Many homes had placed strict limits on visitation nearly a year ago as the virus spread across the state.
New federal guidelines are likely to increase pressure on senior homes to reopen.
Uncertainty about when COVID-19 vaccine shots will be available has given rise to a booming new form of travel, known as "vaccine tourism." More than 15,000 Minnesotans have left the state to get vaccines elsewhere.
A dramatic plunge in new coronavirus cases, combined with an aggressive rollout of vaccines, has injected new life into senior communities.
A federal court in St. Paul will review whether the program is "unconstitutionally punitive."
"Vaccine chasers" pool their intel on Facebook, with tips on where to get the shots on short notice
State health officials say there are promising signs the COVID-19 vaccine is reducing infections.
The bill already has aroused strong passions and sets the stage for a showdown this legislative session.
DHS officials promised to meet with the sex offenders and explore changes to the state program.
Advocates say Minnesota's vaccine plan discriminates against vulnerable populations who live on their own: "We feel forgotten."
The burial customs and ceremonies that many Indigenous communities have cherished for generations are under pressure from an unforeseen enemy — COVID-19.
The hunger strike is an escalation of a weekslong protest over long confinements.
A large outbreak of the virus has fueled long-simmering tensions over civil liberties at the state program.
Long-term care facilities are reporting that 30% to 60% of their employees are refusing to take the initial doses of vaccines. Many are reluctant until they see more evidence that people aren't suffering serious side effects and that the shots are working.
The steep decline could be a sign that abuse is going unnoticed behind closed doors.
A prominent lawmaker called the pace of the vaccine rollout "unconscionably slow."
Tight-knit and remote, the Standing Rock Reservation is a hot spot of virus, inequity and grief.
The vaccines arrive at critical time for nursing homes struggling with a rash of COVID-19 outbreaks.
The initiative has provided urgent staffing relief to more than 140 care facilities across Minnesota.
As COVID-19 raced across the U.S., elderly residents in long-term care faced the gravest peril. But little was done, and the virus savaged care centers plagued for years by poor infection control and lax oversight.
New COVID-19 cases in long-term care soared 400% in October and November.
Struggling homeowners and renters have until Dec. 7 to apply for relief.
The latest wave of infections is hitting many smaller, rural facilities with staffing shortages.
For the past five decades, MaryAnn Falk has been the guiding force behind her family’s annual Thanksgiving celebration. The former factory worker from New Ulm,…
COVID-19 has created new barriers to voting for seniors who live in care facilities.
The emergency deployments to the Austin and Hibbing facilities reflect a severe staffing shortage amplified by the pandemic.
Lifting of the lockdown poses fresh challenges for many of Minnesota's 2,100 long-term care facilities, which are struggling to keep the virus at bay amid a troubling increase in cases across the region.
The state Department of Health ordered the testing last week after the Star Tribune reported that the agency had been sending inspectors into nursing homes and assisted-living centers without first checking them for the virus.
Some of the state's largest nursing homes and assisted-living communities have yet to open their doors to visits by family members and outside caregivers, despite new state guidelines.
The state's largest agency is shifting away from operating group homes. The budget cuts were disclosed in a memo to state employees.
The devices, also known as "point-of-care" tests, should help nursing homes move more quickly to treat infected residents and staffers, as well as isolate them sooner before they spread the virus to others.
State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm said the agency intends to start testing staffers who visit long-term care facilities.
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Testing supplies have not kept up with surging demand, putting greater pressure on an already stretched system,
Faced with an alarming resurgence of the coronavirus in senior living facilities, state health officials are recommending strict new guidelines around when and how these facilities should further open their doors to outside visitors.
Since early July, the weekly number of new infections among long-term care residents has nearly tripled, with 172 new cases last week.
Minnesota becomes the first state to offer housing support services in its basic Medicaid health plan.
Minnesota Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm also cautioned that the virus still presents challenges.
As lawmakers reconvene this week for a special session, elder care advocates and families are renewing their push for new consumer safeguards to protect thousands of seniors who live in lightly regulated assisted- living facilities.
Many programs have struggled financially during pandemic.
For the first time in four months, families will be allowed to visit their loved ones inside senior care homes, as Minnesota health authorities cautiously lift lockdown restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus among vulnerable older adults.
They are the top reported grievance to the ombudsman's office, with 150 complaints lodged between March 1 and the end of June, records show.
A care worker was subjected to epithets, according to a legal settlement announced Tuesday by the state Department of Human Rights.
Dozens of centers have been forced to close temporarily since March, and after months of layoffs and furloughs, there are growing fears that this often-overlooked piece of the social safety net may collapse.
State health officials are seeking to balance the risk of infection with ills caused by prolonged isolation.
Since late March, visitors have been all but banned from nursing homes and assisted-living facilities across the state. "It has been utterly heartbreaking," said Jean Peters, a nurse and president of Elder Voice Family Advocates. "People are literally dying of loneliness."
New written notices warned a camp in Powderhorn Park would be dismantled within 72 hours, but the Park Board rescinds its order, averting a standoff.
The sudden evacuation marks the second time in recent weeks that large numbers of homeless people have been forced to leave a temporary site.
Residents and staff of Minnesota's nursing homes are the most vulnerable to COVID-19, accounting for two-thirds of all deaths in long-term care.
Six of the state's nursing homes have lost more than 50 residents to the coronavirus.
Sen. Karin Housley said the agency has denied or ignored multiple requests for information vital to those in senior care facilities and their families.
At a Senate committee hearing, state Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm defended the practice.
More than 10,000 residents and staff of long-term care facilities have been tested.
The benefit will help alleviate hunger among poor children in the summer months.
The state Department of Health found the homes placed their residents in "immediate jeopardy."
In Minnesota and nationally, the deadliest clusters of the coronavirus have tended to be in large, multistory nursing homes with people doubled up in rooms and separated by curtains.
Advocates have voiced alarms that restrictions are being taken too far.
The practice is drawing strong opposition that such transfers endanger residents of senior homes that are understaffed and ill-equipped to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
For the past two months, there has been little respite for workers.
Citing urgent public health concerns, Metro Transit authorities are moving to contain the spread of a large and growing homeless encampment near the light-rail line in south Minneapolis.
The death toll at the facility — the site of the state's deadliest outbreak since the pandemic began — has more than quadrupled in the past two weeks. State health officials identified multiple lapses of infection-control standards.
More than 40 residents at North Ridge Health and Rehab have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.
Senior living facilities have imposed unprecedented limits on visitors.
About 540 homeless adults with underlying health problems who have been moved out of shelters and into four Twin Cities-area hotels.
Families said they were kept in the dark about the deadly magnitude of the outbreak.
State health officials say their priority has shifted toward responding to COVID-19.
Catholic Eldercare reported the outbreak in a letter to family members and said it had begun to isolate residents infected with COVID-19 in a designated section of its 174-bed nursing home at 817 Main Street NE.