Allegations that Aides Abusive to Residents of Nursing Home Residents According to News-story
Aides Abusive to Residents of Nursing Home – according to a story by Warren Wolfe from the Star & Tribune titled: Brainerd nursing home is cited for abuse At least 20 aides were involved in belittling and abusive behavior, state investigators say. State investigators found: A “pattern of resident abuse” by at least 20 nursing assistants that included belittling elderly patients, telling a man to urinate in his incontinence briefs and removing a call-light from a confused female resident. The mistreatment had been underway for more than three months and was known to as many as 40 other employees, including some supervisors, investigators were told. “This was a system wide failure,” said Stella French, who oversees state Health Department investigators. “It’s a situation that the administration should have known about and should have stopped.”
Nursing Home Elder Abuse and Neglect Nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect of the elderly and vulnerable in nursing homes and other facilities occurs in many forms. A nursing home lawyer is here to assist your loved ones with holding the wrongdoers accountable. Some types of abuse are obvious such as elder sexual or elder physical assault or financial exploitation. Others forms of abuse and neglect are less noticeable and are often the result of having fewer nursing staff and aides than are needed and required. Staffing and training issues lead to many forms of avoidable neglect such as: falls, pressure ulcers (bed-sores), medication errors, dehydration and malnourishment, urinary tract infections, unsupervised residents wandering or suffering burn injuries and a multitude of other problems. Ken LaBore represents a professional Minnesota Nursing Home Law Firm, which is dedicated to holding nursing homes accountable for providing quality care to residents pursuant to the contracts they sign with the government, Medicare and Medicaid. The nursing home has an obligation to provide the: “highest quality of care practicable”. If you suspect abuse or neglect to any vulnerable adult, please contact the Minnesota Department of Health where you can file a confidential report protecting those unable to do so for themselves.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I SUSPECT NEGLECT OR ABUSE If you have reason to suspect that a loved one sustained an injury in a hospital, nursing home or assisted living facility the State of Minnesota Department of Health will investigate the issue upon reasonable suspicion. The first step to resolve the issue is a complaint form which must be filed with the MDH to start an investigation. The MDH Complaint Form is a three page document filed through the Office of Health Facility Complaints (OHFC) through a specified complaint form, which requests a reporting parties name, address and other contact information, the name of whom the complaint is on behalf of, the name and address of the facility, the date of the incident and a narrative statement on what occurred. The form contains a notice called a Tennessen Warning stating that the information you provide on the form may be used in an investigation report, however, your identity is confidential and is not revealed to the general public, except as required by law. The form goes on to give some situations where it may be necessary to reveal your identity to persons in a hearing. Giving your name is optional, but failing to do so may hinder efforts to resolve the problem. For more information and a copy of an OHFC Complaint Form