LLast year, the U.S. Health and Human Services Inspector General raised concern about nursing homes illegally evicting residents. We discuss the issue with an advocate for elders facing eviction and The Progressive's editor, whose 97-year-old mother was evicted from a facility in New Berlin.
Nicole Shannon, a frontline attorney for theMichigan Elder Justice Initiative, says providers often concoct ruses to facilitate hospital dumping: “The nursing home will say, ‘Well, it sure seems like you need a psychiatric consult, we’re gonna send you to the hospital.’ The hospital turns around and says, ‘You know, this person does not require psychiatric care.
But some Michigan nursing homes have made visits next to impossible, limiting visitation to a few hours on weekdays, for example, said Salli Pung, who oversees the Michigan State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program. Read article here.
The Michigan Long-Term Care Ombudsman program has been inundated with complaints over the past year from residents and families unable to see each other — a problem rooted as much by short staffing as COVID restrictions, said Salli Pung, who oversees the program responsible for advocating for residents in nursing homes, adult foster care and other long-term facilities.
“It serves as case law for every guardianship case going forward across the state of Michigan. It’s not just a suggestion: because it is published, this is binding law in the same way that a statute would be” said Shannon. “It reminds courts they do have to apply the correct standard in these cases. It means that if you’re subject to a guardianship like Mr.
“Sometimes we see guardians who misuse resident funds or who won’t provide residents with the most basic things, like underwear or consent for medical treatment,” said State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Salli Pung about people under guardianship in nursing homes and long term care facilities.
"These specialized services are not available in nursing homes or other long-term care settings, and the staff in these new settings have not been trained to meet the unique needs of these survivors," the ombudsman, Salli Pung, wrote in the letter. Neither bill has moved beyond the Legislature's insurance committees.
BRIGHTON, Mich.—(June 7, 2021)— Salli Pung, the State of Michigan's Long Term Care Ombudsman, has sent an urgent letter to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, and other legislative leaders, expressing her "deep concern" that severely disabled survivors of auto accidents will suffer "a catastrophic loss of specialized care and services" if two new no-fault provisions are not addressed before th