Resident Abused at Adrian Care Center
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated August 8, 2016, it was alleged that a resident at Adrian Care Center in Adrian Minnesota was abused by a staff alleged perpetrator (AP) when the AP treated the resident in a humiliating manner, writing on the resident’s forehead with a permanent marker.
MDH Substantiated Abuse at Adrian Care Center
As stated in the report, based on the preponderance of evidence abuse occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) wrote with a black marker the word “please” on the resident’s forehead. The humiliating treatment was administered as a consequence for the resident failing to say please during a request for transfer.
The resident had diagnoses that included cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The resident was alert and oriented to person and place with some difficulty remembering time. The resident required total staff assistance with all activities of daily living (ADL) skills. The resident required an assistance of two staff when transferring.
The resident requested to be transferred from a wheelchair to a recliner. The AP and another nursing assistant helped the resident. The AP told the resident to say “please” and if the resident did not say please, the AP would write please on the resident’s forehead so that the resident would not forget to do so the next time. After the transfer, both the AP and other nursing assistant left the room. The AP obtained a permanent market and returned to the resident’s room. The AP wrote the word “please” on the resident’s forehead with a black permanent marker. Later the AP returned and removed the permanent marker with some type of chemical.
The resident was interviewed and remembered the AP writing a word on his/her forehead. The resident said that the AP did return at some point and removed the word with some sort of chemical. The resident recalled being concerned about the chemical the AP used, because the resident said s/he has only one good eye.
The facility terminated the AP from his/her employment following the incident.
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