Clare Bridge of Plymouth Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on August 7, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Clare Bridge of Plymouth for neglect of supervision.
Substantiated Complaint of Neglect of Supervision Against Clare Bridge of Plymouth
According to the Alzheimer’s Information from Mayo, a person’s right to dignity and need for independence complicate the decisions surrounding home safety and supervision. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are likely to be convinced that it is safe to be alone long after it has clearly become unsafe-even after several accidents or injuries have occurred. Always ask yourself: Is it still harmless for my loved one to be alone? If it is, these steps can help:
•Provide reassurance before you leave the house, since being alone can cause anxiety and fear for those with dementia.
•Explain that you are only running out for a minute, and remind your loved one that he can call you or another family member if he feels concerned.
•Put important telephone numbers and step-by-step instructions at each phone.
•Make some simple activities, like a favorite movie or puzzle, readily available to provide distraction.
•Ask a friend or another family member to call to chat while you are out, and to reorient your loved one and provide reassurances.
•Leave large, simple notes around the home, such as “Joan is at the store and will be home soon” or “Joan will be home when this clock says 4:30.”
•To ward off wandering, put up visual cues on the exits, like “Stop” or “Do Not Leave.”
•Make sure that your loved one has some type of identification bracelet, such as those available from local Alzheimer’s agencies.
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 neglect of supervision or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.