Josh Askvig, Bismarck
AARP North Dakota strongly opposes a invoice within the N.D. Legislature that grants nursing properties, assisted residing services, and different long-term care (LTC) services immunity associated to COVID-19.
Home Invoice 1175 strips away the rights of residents and their households to hunt authorized redress and maintain services accountable when residents are harmed, uncared for, or abused.
In North Dakota, about 10,000 individuals reside in these services. Greater than 840 COVID-related deaths (roughly 60 p.c) have occurred in them. Whereas there could also be some circumstances past a facility’s management, it’s important that these services stay liable for any negligent actions.
Over the course of the pandemic, most nursing residence inspections have been suspended, household in-person visits have been prohibited besides in restricted circumstances, and even ombudsman visits have been restricted. There are fewer eyes observing what is definitely taking place in these services.
Residents of nursing properties and different LTC services could also be unable to advocate for themselves and now have restricted entry to individuals who can advocate on their behalf. This lack of oversight is alarming and requires us to make sure that residents and their households nonetheless have the choice to hunt redress.
North Dakota shouldn’t strip away the rights and protections of nursing residence residents. Nursing properties and different services ought to know they are going to be held liable for offering the extent of care that’s required of them, and for which they’re being compensated.
Name your legislators in the present day and inform them to reject HB 1175.
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