Brookdale Minnetonka Cited After Drug Diversion
In a report concluded on December 4, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Brookdale Minnetonka alleging that a client was financially exploited when a staff alleged perpetrator (AP) took pain medication and money from the client for his/her own personal use.
Substantiated Neglect Brookdale Minnetonka After Drug Diversion
Based on preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation did occur when the AP took 14 of the client’s hydrocodone/APAP (an opiod analgesic) for her/his personal use. A hidden camera at Brookdale Minnetonka showed the AP entering the client’s room while sleeping and her purse from her bed.
Document review and interview revealed the client received services from the facility for an apartment lease and meals only. The client is cognitively intact and is her/his own guardian. The client managed her/his own medications and had physician’s orders for hydrocodone/APAP (an opioid analgesic) 5 mg / 325 mg to be taken twice daily for pain. The client indicated during interview s/he only took the medication as needed for pain. The client was assessed by the registered nurse for medication self-administration every two months and was deemed competent to self-administer, order, coordinate, and safely store her/his medications.
The client along with her/his family, notified the police when the client had noticed s/he had been missing some money and hydrocodone/APAP on several occasions and suspected a facility employee was responsible. The police set up a hidden camera in the client’s apartment with the family’s and client’s consent which revealed the AP taking the client purse from the client’s bed, stepping out of camera view momentarily and then putting the purse back with 14 hydrocodone/APAP tablets missing.
Taking medications is called drug diversion which is another form of financial exploitation and neglect as the person is left without their needed medication due to the theft.
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 at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.