Aging Committee chief hears complaints about nursing homes

Share this article:
Aging Committee chief hears complaints about nursing homes
Aging Committee chief hears complaints about nursing homes
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) took advantage of his position as chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging to hold a field hearing in his home state to drum up support for re-authorization of the Older Americans Act. But he might have received more than expected Tuesday, when a local agency leader used the hearing to blast nursing homes “not appropriate for people to live in.”

Criticizing what she calls outdated, poorly designed facilities with overcrowded rooms, Milwaukee County Department on Aging leader Stephanie Sue Stein said a national campaign is needed to bring buildings up to par, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. "There are facilities that are simply not appropriate for people to live in," Stein said to raucous applause at the Wilson Park Senior Center. “It is not a way any of us want to live our lives.”

Stein said an overhaul of the system would be in line with goals of the Older Americans Act. Kohl noted that 10 million Americans use services provided by the Act, many aimed at keeping seniors well fed, healthy and out of institutional care.

Also at the hearing, Assistant Secretary of the Administration on Aging Kathy Greenlee noted that 12 states will be receiving federal funding for the development of community-based respite-care programs for caregivers. The funds, which include $188,000 for Wisconsin, will be used to coordinate respite services, identify service gaps and solutions, and recruit paid and volunteer respite providers, Greenlee said.

Share this article:

More in News

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' ...

The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups have sued the federal government over the so-called "two-midnight rule," which was designed in part to ease access to skilled nursing services. ...

Government would pay seniors to create advanced directives under Senate bill

Medicare beneficiaries would be paid to create advance directives and store them in an easy-access system if a recently proposed Senate bill were to become law.

MS patients less tense and pessimistic in nursing homes than at home, ...

Nursing home residents with severe multiple sclerosis report being less tense and pessimistic than similar individuals receiving care at home, according to recently published research findings.