MDH Cites Bickford of Maplewood for Use of Restraints
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Bickford at Bickford at Maplewood was abused when the facility staff members physically restrained the client. Facility staff members propped a mattress upright in a horizontal position and used it as a barricade next to the client’s bed. Facility staff members then placed the client’s wheelchair in a locked position on the opposite side of the mattress to ensure the mattress remained in a place and the client was restrained in bed.
Department of Health Finds Abuse for Restraining Client at Bickford of Maplewood
Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible when they failed to train and supervise unlicensed staff members who repeatedly placed a mattress in front of the client’s bed, kept in place by the client’s locked wheelchair, as a physical restraint.
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a failure to provide adequate supervision and monitoring to keep residents safe. Using any form of a restraint without strict orders and limits is neglect and abuse. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.
The state of Minnesota has several resources for residents and providers, including resident bill of rights for nursing homes, bill of rights for hospice, information for assisted living facilities and supervised living facilities.
If you are interested in viewing facility and provider complaint and survey findings they are available on the MDH website. You can also use the MDH website to verify a facility license or professional credentials. There is also a link to check the Nursing Assistant Registry.
The MDH website also includes information that is meant for providers but is very helpful for caregivers and residents as well. There are nursing home training videos, nursing assistant training information, and information on the Case Mix Review, and federal nursing home regulation resources.
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