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TS Radio: Abolishing Probate: Minnesota a Dangerous Place to Grow Old

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The recent revelations regarding the uninvestigated claims of nursing home abuses numbering more than 21,000 in 2016 alone, has resulted in the resignation of the head of Minnesota Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ed Ehlinger, effective immediately back on December 12, 2017.  The number of investigations was reduced even further when the facility's were allowed to "self-report" resulting in only 1% of those allegations prompting an on-site inspection.

No mention was made, however, of how many of these abused residents were under involuntary guardianships, or who might have died as a result of medical kidnap and Hospice "hastening the end of life" practices.  Since these residents are immediately isolated from family, friends and others as a result of predatory guardianships, we have no way of knowing how many might have been injured or died as a result of these particular kinds of activities. 

These "revelations" were greeted with the usual "shock and awe" behavior by various members of the Minnesota legislature although many of us out here did and had tried repeatedly to get the attention of our politicians. Of course they never did anything until the Star Tribune published a scathing article detailing the dismal state of affairs in Minnesota nursing homes. 

A Special Report by Star Tribune

"Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark."

Now all kinds of new legislation is supposedly coming out to combat the abuse of seniors.  We'll be watching that closely!  Of most concern is the newly created Palliative Care Advisory Committee (stealth euthanasia via terminal sedation).