Rights of Nasty People
In protest, she started a hunger strike, which she called off in order to stay alive (possibly she figured out that her starving to death wouldn't bother someone willing to deny her such basic care as tube-feeding and diaper changes).
So this one has a happy ending, at least for Minna (I'm not sure if there are others similarly cut off by this agency).
But some of the comments on her case concern me.
"I ... do fear that this will give her the idea that it is ok to treat others with disrespect. I don't fall for the aspergers BS, I think giving someone a label allows them continue with their behaviour - never seeking any sort of self improvement because it's 'just the way they are'. And right now she's got everyone wrapped around her finger."
"Trained or not to handle it, if she doesn't have the control to treat people with the dignity she expects for herself then they shouldn't have to enter her residence."
"Try being the health care worker who can't please.... Place her in a long-term facility and she will get what she needs."
Asperger Syndrome is not characterized by being mean and nasty to people, but by being literal and socially awkward. People who understand that the AS person is not intending to be rude are not going to find them very offensive - unless they're nasty as well as autistic, since after all normal people don't have a monopoly on that. And knowing how service providers often screw people over, I doubt Minna did anything wrong. According to her, she threatened to report the nurses because they weren't following her doctor's orders - something that could have been seriously harmful or even life-threatening, depending on the orders they weren't following. And given that you don't need to be very competent to get hired as a care provider, and the low pay means many care providers don't view the job as important, it certainly makes sense that they'd screw up or be lazy.
But let's say that Minna really is a nasty, unpleasant person, who was verbally abusive to her care providers. Remember that she is also a severely disabled woman, almost completely paralyzed, which means there's no way she could physically harm someone. Would her being nasty and verbally abusive mean that she deserves to die from medical neglect?
I don't think so. It's expected, if you work as a service provider, that you will be able to deal with verbal abuse. My mother, who works as a cashier, has dealt with nasty people and knows that her job requires her to stay polite and make a reasonable attempt to please them. She'll rant about them to her coworkers and family, that's just fine, but she has to deal with them. If she was not able to do this, she wouldn't have lasted long in her job.
I understand that some people can't deal with verbal abuse. I can't. And if I was applying for a job working with people, I'd have to learn to deal with that. Of course, few people would actually enjoy helping an abusive disabled person, but few would actually be unable to cope. Those who are literally unable to cope should either find another job or - if they are good workers in other circumstances - simply be assigned to work with those clients who they can deal with (just like someone who can't handle seeing naked adult men could work with a child, a woman or someone who can dress themselves and handle their own toileting). It might be possible to assign more workers on shorter shifts with that person, so each worker gets a break earlier. But it's not acceptable to deny that person care.
Much as many people would like it, being nasty and verbally abusive does not take away your human rights. And diaper changes and tube-feeding, for those who need them, are not privileges. They are rights.