Birchwood Arbors Forest Lake Complaint Findings for Abuse
In a report concluded on October 13, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Birchwood Arbors Forest Lake for abuse – exploitation – drug diversion.
It is alleged that a client was financially exploited when a staff took the client’s Fentanyl patch for her/his own use. Medications were also missing from two other clients.
Substantiated Allegation of Abuse Against Birchwood Arbors Forest Lake
Based up a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation did occur when the AP took a fentanyl transdermal patch from a client while employed at the facility and used it for personal benefit.
Client 1 received services for medication administration. S/he had a physician’s order for 50 mcg fentanyl transdermal patch to be administered every 72 hours. During interview, the client refused to discuss the incident but did say the patches are scheduled are not PRN. Client 1 was missing 1-50 mcg fentanyl transdermal patch.
The facility discovered missing medications from two other clients, conducted an investigation, and notified the police. The facility and police interviewed staff but were unable to identify an alleged perpetrator.
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 drug theft / financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.