U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) reintroduced a bill to guarantee Minnesota seniors basic rights and protections from abuse and neglect as they receive long-term services and support in their homes and communities.
Sen. Franken will push to get this bill included in the Older Americans Act when it comes up for reauthorization in this Congress, which is expected as early as this Thursday.
“Seniors from Moorhead to Winona have told me that remaining independent and at home is a top priority for them and their families,” said Sen. Franken. “We work to keep our seniors in their homes, we also have to make sure they’re safe.
This legislation would ensure that seniors who choose to receive long-term services and supports in their homes and communities have the same rights and protections from elder abuse that seniors living in nursing rooms already have.” Residents of nursing homes are guaranteed certain rights and protections from elder abuse, but Sen. Franken has heard from Minnesota seniors and their advocates that seniors who receive services in their homes and communities are often left without a place to turn if they feel unsafe or have problems with their services.
Sen. Franken has reintroduced the Home Care Consumer Bill of Rights Act to address these concerns.
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