Consumer Workgroup Presents Comprehensive Reforms to Prevent and Address Abuse and Neglect in Elder Care Facilities

The Minnesota Elder Justice Center, in collaboration with AARP Minnesota, Alzheimer’s Association, Elder Voice Family Advocates, and Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, comprised a Governor-appointed workgroup that released a wide-ranging report on recommendations to address abuse, neglect, care, and safety of residents in care facilities such as nursing homes and assisted living settings..

The report reflects the expertise of the workgroup organizations, as well as feedback from victims, advocates, family members, services providers, direct care workers and facility staff members.

The recommendations focus on four, key areas:

  • Enhancing rights of older and vulnerable adults and their families;
  • Strengthening criminal and civil enforcement of rights;
  • Developing new licensure frameworks for assisted living and dementia care across residential settings; and
  • Improving Minnesota Department of Health licensing regulation, Office of Health Facility Complaints enforcement and investigative process, and Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center processes.

Read the Full Report Here: Elder Abuse Report




To make a report of suspected abuse of a vulnerable adult, call the MN Adult Abuse Reporting Center toll-free at 844-880-1574.


If you or someone you care about is a victim of elder or vulnerable adult abuse, get confidential support, advocacy and systems navigation from Minnesota Elder Justice Center at 1-651-440-9300.


If you have any dementia related concerns, please call the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24/7 helpline: 1-800-272-3900.