More on the US DOJ and the ADA and keeping seniors out of institutions:

MaryGSykes.com

http://www.ada.gov/olmstead/documents/doj_hhs_letter.pdf

What a nice holiday present from the US DOJ that recognizes the importance of keeping seniors out of institutions that do not want to be there and that the ADA IS in fact meant to accomplish that goal.

So far, it has been my experience in the Illinois court system they are basically ignoring the ADA when it comes to putting a senior in a nursing home versus his own home (Frake).  Chemical restraints are common to accomplish those goals, even though illegal (Wyman, etc.)

Let’s hope the US DOJ can put out more guidelines and help seniors use the ADA to stay in their homes, avoid chemical restraints, and have freedom to choose their POA and caretaker (Thomas, Sykes) without interference from the state.

JoAnne

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