Cedar Crest Estate Hutchinson Complaint Findings for Neglect – Lost Wandering Client
In a report concluded on July 18, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Cedar Crest Estate Hutchinson for neglect of supervision.
It is alleged that neglect of supervision occurred when a client was found by police on a highway. The facility had the client on thirty minute checks and supposedly had checked on the client fifteen minutes prior to the time the client left the facility.
Substantiated Neglect of Supervision Against Cedar Crest Estate Hutchinson – Wandering Elopement
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect is substantiated in connection with the facility’s failure to effectively supervise and monitor a client who was at high risk for elopement. The client was transferred from the hospital and admitted to the facility’s locked memory unit. Shortly following admission, the client was placed on every thirty minute checks due to the client’s desire to elope/ Review of the completed half hour check sheet and progress notes indicated the client was present on the unit during the time period the client was checked by staff. However, a State Patrol Report revealed the client was found on a road approximately two miles from the facility. The client was on his hands and knees on the shoulder of the road when he was found. The client was reported to be disoriented and exhausted due to the hot weather. The client did not sustain any injuries as a result of the incident. The client was transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of his condition and referred to a secure facility.
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If you have concerns about neglect of health care, wandering, elopement or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota 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.