Accra Home Health Duluth Abuse Theft From Client
In a report dated, February 2, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a client at Accra Home Health Duluth was financially when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took an envelope full of money out of the client’s walker.
Accra Home Health Duluth Substantiated Theft By Staff
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the AP took an envelope containing the client’s money, without the client’s knowledge.
The home health agency provided homemaking services, including transportation for the client to shop. The client managed his/her own finances and used a walker to assist with ambulation.
During and interview, the client established the day of the money was the first time the AP provided services for the client. The AP drove the client to a local drug store. The client had an envelope that contained cash to pay for his/her purchases – which totaled about $27.00 – leaving an unknown amount of money in the envelope. The client placed the envelope in a bag attached to the walker. The assisted the client into his/her apartment leaving the walker in the hallway. The AP left, the client remembered the envelope with the cash in the bag attached to the walker. The client checked the bag and the envelope was gone. The client called the drug store and the stores security tape the client putting the envelope attached to the walker. The client contacted the care taker of the apartment building. A camera located in the hallway pointed towards the client’s apartment captured the AP removing the envelope from the bag and placing the envelope in the AP’s coat pocket. The client contacted the local police who investigated the allegation. The client said the police returned the envelope after the AP returned the envelope to the home health agency. The envelope contained $53.00.
During an interview, a manager of the agency established s/he was notified by the police of the alleged financial exploitation. The AP contacted the home health agency after the AP had been contacted by the police. The AP said she discovered the envelope in the backseat of his/her car the following day, and the envelope must have falled out of the client’s bag attached to the walker. Management staff told the AP video from the client’s hallway showed the AP removing the envelope from the client’s walker and placing the envelope in his/her coat pocket. The AP brought a sealed envelope to the home health agency indicating it contained the client’s money. The agency returned the money to police without opening the envelope.
During an interview, the AP denied taking the money from the client, stating the envelope must have fallen out of the bag attached to the client’s walker during the drive. The client sat in the passenger side of the car and the AP placed the walker in the backseat behind the client. The AP said she found the envelope the following day after being contacted by the police. The AP said s/he was checking on the client’s shoes when s/he touched the bag in the hallway. The AP denied taking the envelope with the money.
A police report established the AP removed the client’s white envelope from the bag and put that envelope in the AP’s coat pocket.
Accra Home Health Duluth – Report Abuse and Neglect
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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.