Greenview North Hibbing Neglect and Abuse Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 20th March 2015
Neglect of Health Care, Fall During Transfer to Wheelchair

Neglect of Health Care, Fall During Transfer to Wheelchair at Greenview North Hibbing

Greenview North Hibbing Complaint Findings for Neglect

In a report concluded on December 3, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Greenview North Hibbing for neglect of health care – fall.

It is alleged that neglect occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) did not properly assist the client during a transfer from the couch to the wheelchair.  The AP did not lock the wheelchair, did not use a gait belt and client fell.  After the fall, the AP did not assist the client off the floor.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence neglect is substantiated.  The AP did not follow the care plan and improperly transferred C1 from the couch causing C1 to fall to the floor.  In addition, the AP failed to assist C1 off the floor for an extended period of time and did not assist C1 to the bathroom every two hours as the care plan indicated.

The AP was interviewed and stated the brakes on the wheelchair were broken and there was not gait belt available in the facility because they were broken or locked in the administration office and were not available for use.  The AP stated C1 lowered her/himself to the floor mid transfer when her/his knees gave out and didn’t actually fall.  The AP stated that s/he asked C1 one time if C1 would like to get off the floor and stated s/he did not approach C1 again the rest of the evening.  The AP confirmed s/he did not assist C1 to the bathroom at any time during the shift.

Documentation in C1’s record indicated C1 was found dirty with BM and crawling on the living room floor with no underwear following the AP’s shift.

C1’s medical record was reviewed and indicated C1 was severely cognitively impaired and required complete assistance of one to two for personal cares and activities of daily living.  The care plan directed staff to assist C1 to the bathroom every two hours while awake and assist with transfer and ambulation with use of a gait belt and walker.  A wheelchair was used as needed.

Greenview North Hibbing Complaint Findings for Physical Abuse

In another report concluded on September 24, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Greenview North Hibbing for physical abuse by staff.

The allegation is abuse based on the following: the alleged perpetrator (AP) forcefully pushed the client’s chest causing the client to fall onto a reclining chair.

For more information from the Minnesota Department of Health, Office of Health Facility Complaints concerning nursing homes, assisted living and other elder care providers view resolved complaints at the MDH website.

If you have concerns about falls, fractures or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Fall and Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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