Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint After Theft from Client At Cedars of Austin – Stolen Jewelry
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated January 3, 2017, it is alleged that two clients of Cedars of Austin were financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s jewelry.
There was a second from the MDH concerning Cedars of Austin.
Cedars of Austin Theft of Clients’ Rings
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took one ring from Client #1 and two rings for Client #2, and pawned the rings for cash.
Both clients received services from the home care provider according to service agreements and care plans.
Staff members stated that Client #2’s family reported that Client #2 was missing two rings. Police responded to the facility and spoke with staff. Staff members gave police the names of two former staff and the same of the alleged perpetrator (AP). Staff told police the AP had done nail care for Client #2 on a recent overnight shift. Staff thought the AP’s actions and comments were unusual as staff normally did not do nail care for clients on the night shift.
A couple of weeks later, the family of Client #1 stated Client #1 was missing a ring, and facility staff contracted police regarding this report.
A police report indicated the AP had recently pawned three rings. Police recovered the three rings and contracted the families of both clients who identified the rings as belonging to the clients. The report indicated police arrested the AP for theft and possess of stolen property and forwarded their investigation findings to the county attorney for charging.
The AP was interviewed and admitted taking three rings from the two clients, taking them to a pawn shop, and selling the rings for $470.00.
Cedars of Austin Complaint Findings for Violation of Patient Rights
In a report concluded on February 2, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Cedars of Austin for patient rights.
It is alleged that clients’ rights to receive care according to accepted nursing standards and in accordance with their service plans are being violated based on the following: Clients’ medications are being set up in medi-sets by unlicensed staff rather than nurses and clients’ whose services plans include daily housekeeping with cares are not receiving this service.
Substantiated Complaint of Patients Rights Violation Cedars of Austin
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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 resident or patient rights or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Advocate Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.