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Lino Lakes Assisted Living Exploitation and Fall Injuries Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 27th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

In a recent MDH report there was substantiated neglect found against Lino Lakes Assisted Living when a resident suffered rib fractures. The facility neglected a client when staff failed to assist the client with toileting, and the client fell resulting in rib fractures. The facility also neglected to provide the client with adequate pain control.

Most recent MDH Substantiated Neglect Findings – Lino Lakes AL

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited by MDH After Resident Suffers Broken Ribs During Transfer

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited by MDH After Resident Suffers Broken Ribs During Transfer

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited With Neglect by MDH After Resident Suffers Fall Injuries During Transfer

In a report concluded on May 12, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Lino Lakes Assisted Living with neglect alleging that a client was neglected when a staff member, alleged perpetrator (AP) failed to follow the client’s care plan when transferring the client, resulting in a fall and broken ribs.

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 improper use of medical equipment or fall injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, Financial Exploitation

Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, Financial Exploitation

Lino Lakes AL Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on July 2, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Lino Lakes Assisted Living for exploitation by staff.

The allegation is exploitation based on the following:  Client #1 and Client #2 were exploited by the alleged perpetrator (AP).  The AP admitted to taking two large amounts of money from Client #1’s Discover credit card and taking $900.00 from Client #2.

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 toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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St Benedicts Senior Community Neglect Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 13th December 2019 | Category: Failure to Resond to Change in Condition, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed
Sexual Abuse of Resident at St. Benedicts Senior Community
Sexual Abuse of Resident at St. Benedicts Senior Community

It was alleged by the Minnesota Department of Health that a resident at St. Benedicts Senior Community was neglected when the facility failed to ensure the resident was free from sexual abuse from a staff member.

Sexual abuse was substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP), who was employed by the facility as a nursing assistant, was responsible for the maltreatment. The AP confessed to engaging in sexual touching with the resident in the resident’s room at the facility.

Recent MDH Substantiated Findings of Neglect at St Benedicts Senior Community after abuse – restraints.

St Benedicts Senior Community Theft of Resident Funds by Staff Members

St Benedicts Senior Community Theft of Client’s Money By Staff Members

In a report dated January 5, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health, alleged that five clients at St Benedicts Senior Community were financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s money.

St Benedicts Senior Community Financial Exploitation by Staff

According the MDH Substantiated Complaint: there was a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took money from clients.  The AP took $120.00 from Client #1, $180.00 from Client #2, and $12.00 from Client #3.  There was not a preponderance of evidence regarding whether the AP took money from Client #4 and Client #5.

All five clients received home care services from the provider according to the services agreements and care plans.

Interviews with staff revealed Client #1, Client #2, and Client #3 reported to staff that money was missing from their apartments, all on the same day.  Client #1 was missing $120.00, Client #2 was missing $180.00, and Client #3 was missing $12.00.  The AP was the only staff person assigned to those three clients on that day.  Staff placed two marked $20.00 bills in a client’s room, with the client’s permission, the following day.  The licensee had a camera in the hallway focused on the client’s entryway door.  The client reported the AP had been in his/her room, and the marked bills were missing.  Staff reviewed the camera footage, observed the AP enter and exit the client’s room, and called the police.  Staff reported client’s #4 and #5 later came forward to report the missing money.

Interviews with all five clients revealed they reported the following monetary losses: Client #1 – $120.00, Client #2 – $180.00, Client #3 – $12.00, Client #4 – $17.00, Client #5 – $10.00.  Client #1, Client #2, and Client #3 reported their losses occurred on the same day.  Client #4 and Client #5 reported their losses occurred several times within the previous month.

A police report indicated police were called to the facility on report of a theft.  Police responded and interviewed the AP.  The AP admitted to taking the marked bills, and to taking $100 from the other two clients.  Police issued a citation to the AP for misdemeanor theft.

The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking money from Client #1 and Client #2, although s/he stated s/he could not recall exactly how much money s/he had taken or when s/he had taken it.  The AP denied taking any money from Client #3, Client #4, or Client #5.

St Benedicts Senior Community – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Failure to Provide CPR

Failure to Provide CPR at St Benedicts Senior Community in St. Cloud Minnesota

St Benedicts Senior Community St Cloud Complaint Findings for Neglect – Health Care

In a report concluded on November 5, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites St Benedicts Senior Community for neglect of health care.

It is alleged that neglect occurred when a resident was not provided with care based on her advanced directive.  The resident became unresponsive in the dining room and staff brought the resident to her room.  No CPR was initiated although the resident had a full code resuscitation status.

A preponderance of evidence reveals neglect is substantiated when the facility staff failed to provide emergency care, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) after a resident became pulseless.  The resident’s resuscitation code status was full code.  Nurses were in attendance with the resident from the time s/he became until the nurses noted the resident no longer had a pulse.

The physician was interviewed and stated the staff should have initiated CPR according to orders for full resuscitation.  This was the resident’s preference, the time frame was appropriate for initiation of CPR, and staff were with the resident.

There was neglect because the facility licensed nurses failed to initiate CPR to the resident when they were present when the resident arrested.  The resident died.  The nurse failed to follow to the standard practice for CPR as recommended by the American Heart Association.  The facility policy and procedure did not follow the American Heart Association recommendations as standard of practice when to perform or not perform CPR.

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 failure to provide CPR or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Benedictine Living Community of Winstead Abuse Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 3rd December 2019 | Category: Failure to Provide CPR, Financial Exploitation, Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect | RSS Feed
Resident at Benedictine Living Community Winstead
Resident at Benedictine Living Community Winstead

It is alleged in a report by the MDH that a resident at Benedictine Living Community of Winstead was neglected when facility staff failed to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) in a timely manner. The resident was full code and staff did not initiate CPR for 14 minutes after finding the resident was unresponsive.

Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. Several staff had the opportunity to verify the resident’s CPR status but did not. Several staff indicated the facility did not train them to check CPR status or when to start CPR.

Abuse-Exploitation-Drug Diversion

Abuse-Exploitation-Drug Diversion, Benedictin Living Community of Winstead

Benedictine Living Community of Winstead Complaint Findings for Abuse

In a report concluded on October 2, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Benedictine Living Community for abuse-exploitation-drug diversion.

It is alleged that a client was exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took the client’s narcotic medication for his/her own use.

Substantiated Allegation of Financial Exploitation 

Based on a preponderance of evidence, the allegation of financial exploitation is substantiated.  The alleged perpetrator (AP) admitted to taking two of the client’s narcotic tablets for his/her own use.

The client’s service plan included medication administration.  The client had physical orders for two tablets of Lortab (Hydrocodone 5 mg / Acetaminophen 500 mg) to be administered every night and one to two tablets as needed up to three times per day.

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 physical abuse, financial abuse or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Spectrum Community Health Neglect After Fall and Exploitation Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 2nd February 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation, Inadequate Staffing/Training, Nursing Home Care Issues | RSS Feed

Recent MDH Substantiated Neglect at Spectrum Community Health for medication theft.

 

Financial Exploitation by Staff

Neglect Fall When Unsupervised in Bathrrom and Financial Exploitation by Staff at Spectrum Community Health Invergrove Heights Minnesota

Spectrum Community Health Complaint for Neglect Resulting in Femur Fracture

In a report dated November 20, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a client was neglected when s/he was unsupervised while in the bathroom and suffered and fall resulting in a femur fracture.

Based on a preponderance of evidence, neglect occurred when the client’s care plan was not followed, the client was left unattended in the bathroom and fell and sustained a fracture of the right hip.

The client received services from the facility that included physical assistance with toileting, safety checks, and medication management.  The client’s service plan indicated to staff when to provide toileting assistance to the client and included that staff were to stay with the client while in the bathroom.

The day the client fell, the client had attended an activity and was walked back to his/her room by Employee A.  Employee A left the resident on the toilet and told Employee B to check on him/her.  The client attempted to self transfer and fell suffering a fracture injury to the right hip.

The client’s family was interviewed and stated that when the client was admitted to the facility, administrative staff ensured that the client’s serplan would indicate that the client would be supervised in the bathroom.  The client’s family stated that they were called when the resident had a fall and were told that the client was left alone in the bathroom.

Spectrum Community Health Inver Grove Heights Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on September 9, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Spectrum Community Health Inver Grove Heights  for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff person, alleged perpetrator (AP) made purchases totaling $1154.13 with a client’s credit card without permission.

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 fall injuries, financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Maplewood Care Center Exploitation Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 2nd February 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed
Resident a Maplewood Care Center Suffers Right Ankle Fracture During Transfer

Maplewood Care Center Cited with Neglect when Resident Suffers Ankle Fracture

It is alleged in a report from the Minnesota Department of Health that a resident at Maplewood Care Center was neglected when the alleged perpetrator failed to follow the plan of care during a transfer and as a result the resident suffered a right ankle fracture.

Based on a preponderance of evidence neglect occurred when a nurse and the AP, on two separate occasions, transferred the resident without a standing lift, when the resident was assessed to need the device for the device for transfers. On one of the occasions, the resident broke his/her ankle which required surgery. The facility failed to ensure all staff were aware of the resident’s care plan interventions.

Financial Exploitation by Staff

Financial Exploitation by Staff, Maplewood Care Center Maplewood Minnesota

Maplewood Care Center Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on February 4, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Maplewood Care Center for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff/alleged perpetrator (AP) took a resident’s debit card and withdrew $100.00 without permission.

Substantiated Maplewood Care Center

According to stopfraud.gov, elder fraud is an act targeting older adults in which attempts are made to deceive with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older adult’s funds or property.

In addition to the resources listed below, please visit the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice website, which contains information for victims, their families, practitioners, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors and researchers.

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 fall injuries, financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Knute Nelson Alexandria Neglect Heater Burns After Resident Falls from Bed

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 25th March 2017 | Category: Burn Injuries, Failure to Provide CPR, Failure to Resond to Change in Condition, Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Fall with Burns Knute Nelson

Resident at Knute Nelson Alexandria Suffers Third Degree Burns After Prolonged Exposure to Radiator - Radiator Burns

Resident at Knute Nelson Alexandria Suffers Third Degree Burns After Prolonged Exposure to Radiator – Radiator Burns – Baseboard Heater Burn Injuries

Resident Falls and Suffers Burns at Knute Nelson Alexandria

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated April 22, 2016, it was alleged that Knute Nelson Alexandria was neglected when s/he fell and was burned by the baseboard heater in the resident’s room.

Knute Nelson Alexandria – Baseboard Radiator Burn Injuries

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when the facility failed to assess the risk for burns from a baseboard heater in the resident’s room.  The resident rolled out of bed, came in contact with the heater, and sustained first, second, and third degree burns to the left hip and right foot including the heel and great toe.

The resident’s diagnoses included peripheral neuropathy or decreased feeling to the lower extremities.  The resident was capable of making his/her needs known to staff but required the assistance from others for decision making.  Due to declining health, the resident was provided with hospice care.  At the time of the fall, the resident required extensive assistance from two staff and a walker for ambulation, two staff for repositioning, transfers, toilet use, and a wheelchair for mobility for longer distances.  The resident had a history of falls at the facility and care plan interventions included keeping the call light and commonly used items within the resident’s reach, reminding the resident of safety precautions, providing proper footwear, and staying with the resident in the bathroom with toileting.  At the time of the fall, the facility had implemented an alarm that alerted staff of the resident’s attempt at self-transfers.

Early one morning, staff entered the resident’s room responding to the silent alarm notification.  The resident was lying between the bed and the baseboard heater his/her left hip and foot in contact with the heater.  The left hip burn was not measured but determined to be first degree.  The burn to the right foot measured 17 centimeters (cm) by 5 cm with weeping blisters present on the right heel and great toe.  The burn was second degree.  There was a third degree burn to a small area of the right great toe that measured .25 cm by 3 cm.  The area was white with hard skin.  The resident had an order for morphine sulfate for moderate to severe pain and staff provided the medication.

An interview with a staff member established when s/he found the resident on the floor touching the baseboard heater, s/he placed her/his leg between the heater and the resident to protect him/her from the heat.  The staff said the baseboard heater was hot and it was difficult to keep her/his leg on the heater until help arrived.

At the time of the fall, the resident’s bed was positioned parallel to the electric baseboard heater with a nightstand between the bed and heater.  There was approximately 19.5 inches between the resident’s bed and the heater.  During an onsite visit, the surface of the baseboard heater taken with a laser infrared device was 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  There was no prior assessment of the burn risk to the resident from the baseboard heater located in the resident’s room.

At the time of the incident, the facility had no policy or system in place to monitor the surface temperature of the baseboard heater.   Of the five resident rooms with the same type of baseboard heater, none of the beds were positioned close to the heater.

The resident passed away two days after the incident.

The death certificate indicated the primary cause of death was pneumonia.

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Nursing Home Neglect Failure to Provide CPR

Nursing Home Neglect Failure to Provide CPR at Knute Nelson Alexandria Minnesota

Substantiated Complaint Against Knute Nelson Alexandria – Medication Theft

In a report concluded on February 8, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health cites the facility for exploitation – drug diversion.

It is alleged that a resident was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took the resident’s medications for his/her own use.  The AP confessed to facility management to taking the medications.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took two tablets of Percocet (a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain) that belongs to the resident for the AP’s own personal use.

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Knute Nelson Alexandria Complaint Findings for Neglect – No CPR

In a report concluded on June 4, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Knute Nelson Alexandria for neglect of health care – failure to provide CPR.

It is alleged that neglect occurred when two licensed nurses did not initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when a resident was found not breathing and pulseless.  The resident’s advanced directives indicated that resident wanted CPR to be started.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence neglect occurred, when nursing staff failed to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as directed by the resident’s signed resuscitation guideline form.

When MDH interviewed the physician/medical director stated that staff should have initiated CPR, called transferred the resident to the hospital.   The physician indicated that the facility policy directs staff to initiate CPR (unless designated as do not resuscitate/do not intubate) as the signs of death as difficult to gauge and are open to personal interpretation.

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 failure to provide CPR, burn injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Narcotics Stolen from Residents at Capital View Transitional Care

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 25th March 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Medication Theft - Stolen Pain Medications at Capital View Transitional Care in St Paul Minnesota

Medication Theft – Stolen Pain Medications at Capital View Transitional Care in St Paul Minnesota

Capital View Transitional Care Pain Medication Stolen From Clients

In a report dated March 2, 2017 from the Minnesota Department of Health, it was alleged that staff at Capital View Transitional Care

Capital View Transitional Care – Medication Theft

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took multiple narcotic medication from three resident’s over approximately two months.  There was no indication any of the residents suffered any pain as a result.

Resident #1 and #2 were at the facility for post operative care and were receiving narcotic medication for pain.  Resident #3 was receiving narcotics for leg pain.

During Resident #1’s discharge, the nurse reviewed the remaining narcotic medication with Resident #1.  Resident #1 stated s/he did not request or received the amount of pain medication doses that were recorded in the record as administered.  The nurse notified administration of the discrepancy.  Additional residents were interviewed and similar comments were obtained from Resident #2 and Resident #3.

Resident #1 was interviewed stating s/he did not take as many medications as documented by the facility.  The Resident only took one narcotic at any given time and the documentation indicated she received two tablets.

Resident #2 was interviewed and stated s/he did not like to take narcotics and denied taking all the narcotics documented in the medical record.

Resident #3 was not available for interview.

The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking narcotics from residents residing in the facility.  The AP stated she would sign out two medications, give one to the resident and keep the other.  In addition, the AP would sign out a narcotic medication when the resident didn’t ask for it and keep it for her/himself.  The AP was unable to identify which residents, how often, or how much narcotic medication was taken from the residents.

Based on a review of resident #1, #2, and #3’s medical records it is suspected that the AP took between 20-20 narcotics.

The facility reported the incident to the Board of Nursing and terminated the AP.

Report Suspected Abuse or Neglect at Capital View Transitional Care

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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 medication theft / financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Theft of Funds from Client at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena Minnesota

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 19th March 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, Dated March 1, 2017, it is alleged that a client at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena Minnesota was financially exploited when the Alleged Perpetrator (AP) took three checks from the resident’s checkbook.

Fair Oaks Lodge Cited After Theft From Client

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took three checks from the resident without the permission and used two of the checks to make purchases.

A resident told a facility staff member that a check appeared on the resident’s bank statement that the resident did not write.  The check was written at a store for $99.91   The administrator was notified of the fraudulent check and notified the police.

From the resident’s bank statement, the police were able to identify the store where the check was used and contacted the store.  The AP was identified on video surveillance in the store.  The police further identified that the resident had two additional checks taken.

The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking three checks from the resident.  The AP used two of the checks to make purchases.  One check was used for purchases in the amount of $99.91.  The second check was in the amount of $45.00.  The AP stated s/he did not use the third check and threw it away in the garbage.

The police forwarded the case to the prosecuting attorney to be reviewed for potential charges.  The facility terminated the AP.

Report Suspected Financial Exploitation – Fair Oaks Lodge

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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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Red Wing Health Center Red Wing Neglect Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 1st March 2017 | Category: Failure to Resond to Change in Condition, Financial Exploitation, Pressure Ulcers | RSS Feed
Red Wing Health Center Cited After Failure to Provide Adequate Care to Resident
Red Wing Health Center Cited After Failure to Provide Adequate Care to Resident

In a report from the MDH a resident at Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing was neglected with the facility staff did not provide adequate care. The resident arrived in the emergency room in a febrile state, with low blood sugar, low blood pressure , the resident’s oxygen saturation level was low and respiratory rate was high.

Substantiated Allegation of Neglect at Red Wing Health Center After Resident Suffers From Unstageable Pressure Ulcers Stage III/IV Pressure Sores While at the Facility

Substantiated Allegation of Neglect at Red Wing Health Center After Resident Suffers From Unstageable Pressure Ulcers Stage III/IV Pressure Sores While at the Facility

Red Wing Health Center Resident Suffers from Pressure Sores

In a report dated January 23, 2017 the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a resident at Red Wing Health Center in Red Wing was neglected when s/he developed several unstageable pressure ulcers and Stage III/IV pressure ulcers while s/he was at the facility.

Red Wing Health Center Substantiated Neglect Due to Pressure Ulcers

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when facility staff failed to implement a resident’s designated care plan interventions to heal pressure ulcers and prevent new ulcers from developing.  Although facility nurses were aware that the resident was resisting the care plan interventions, facility nurses failed to address any alternative approaches for effective wound management.  The resident developed nine new pressure ulcers in four months, including several that became infected and exhibited serious characteristics such as tunneling with depth, exposing muscle and bone.  The resident was hospitalized twice in four months with sepsis from wound infections.

The resident was admitted to the facility from another long-term care facility at the end of April 2016.  At the time of admission, the resident had two pressure ulcers, an unstageable pressure ulcer on the sacrum (2.7 cm x 1.5 cm x .4 cm) and a Stage II pressure ulcer on the right heel (1.8 cm x 1 cm).  The resident has complete paraplegia and multiple sclerosis.  The resident is unable to move his/her legs and has limited use of his/her arms.  The resident can use an electric wheelchair independently which the resident propels with a joy stick.  The resident is alert and oriented.

The resident had an alternating air mattress on his/her bed and a pressure redistributing cushion in the electric wheelchair.  Staff were supposed to turn and re-position the resident every two hours and offload the resident hourly per the resident’s care plan, but these interventions were not carried out.  There was no planned turning or re-positioning schedule for pressure redistribution and staff did not offer to turn or reposition the resident unless the resident requested it.  The resident was expected to offload him/herself by reclining the backrest of the wheelchair, but the frequency of offloading was not monitored by staff.  The nursing assistant care guides regarding the resident’s daily care tasks were void of any interventions aimed at wound management, including turning, re-positioning, or offloading the resident.  Nurses did not provide adequate oversight of the resident’s daily care by nursing assistants or the resident’s daily needs to heal wounds and prevent new wounds from developing.

Although staff stated that the resident consistently refused wound management interventions, there was no evidence that staff evaluated the inadequacy of interventions of assessed the resident’s individualized needs for alternative interventions.  At the end of June 2016, the resident was hospitalized with sepsis due to a sacral wound infection.  The sacral pressure ulcer had deteriorated to Stage IV with exposed muscle and Stage II pressure ulcer on the right hip (10 cm in diameter), a Stage II pressure ulcer on the left hip (6 cm in diameter), a Stage II pressure ulcer on the left ischium (2 cm x 2 cm), and a Stage II pressure ulcer on the right ischium (2 cm x 2 cm).

After the resident returned to the facility from the hospital, there was no evidence that staff re-evaluated the resident’s care plan interventions to determine modifications necessary for wound management and skin integrity.  There was no evidence that staff initiated structured care interventions, including possible behavioral strategies, to promote wound healing and prevent new skin breakdown.

In mid-September 2016, the resident was hospitalized again with sepsis due to wound infections.  On hospital admission, the resident had eleven pressure ulcers.  Four of eleven pressure ulcers had grossly deteriorated.  The sacral pressure ulcer (12 cm x 10 cm) was unstageable with purulent foul drainage and macerated edges.  The left hip pressure ulcer was unstageable (9 cm x 7 cm) with purulent foul drainage.  The right hip pressure ulcer had deteriorated to Stage IV (12 cm x 12 cm 1.5 cm) with bone felt at the bottom of the wound bed.  The right ischium pressure ulcer had deteriorated to Stage IV (6 cm 5 cm 6 cm) with muscle exposed.  The resident also had seven additional pressure ulcers, including Stage III pressure ulcer on the left lateral ankle (3.5 cm x 2.0 cm), five pressure ulcers classified as unstageable on the right posterior shoulder (5.0 cm x 4.0 cm), the right heel (2.0 cm x 2.0 cm x 2.5 cm), the left heel (2.2 cm x 1.2 cm), the left lateral foot (1.0 cm x 1.5 cm), the right medical ankle (1.3 cm 0.7 cm), and a Stage I pressure ulcer on the right lateral ankle.  The resident was hospitalized for eight days due to the seriousness of the wounds.

After the resident returned to the facility from the hospital, there was no evidence that staff re-evaluated the resident’s care approaches or made any changes in the resident’s daily care routine.  At the time of the onsite investigation, staff were not turning, repositioning, or offloading the resident and the Nurse Manager of the resident’s until did not know how many wounds the resident had, what the condition of the resident’s wounds were, or what the care plan interventions were to heal the resident’s wounds and prevent new wounds from developing.

Red Wing Health Center – Report Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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.

Hold Negligent Providers Like Red Wing Health Center Accountable

Attorney Kenneth LaBore has handled many preventable serious and fatal burn injuries, many due to the failure to follow safety policies and procedures related to oxygen use and smoking.    Burns can also happen from scalding water, heaters and electric pads and blankets and other ways.

If you have concerns about pressure sore injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Physical Abuse by Staff

Physical Abuse by Staff Heritage House of Milaca Minnesota

Heritage House of Milaca Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on January 31, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Heritage House of Milaca for exploitation by staff.

The allegation is abused based on the following:  Employee (A), alleged perpetrator (AP) grabbed Client #1’s wrist causing bruising on Client #1’s hand and wrist.

Substantiated Complaint Against Heritage House of Milaca

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, elder abuse is a growing problem. While we don’t know all of the details about why abuse occurs or how to stop its spread, we do know that help is available for victims. Concerned people, like you, can spot the warning signs of a possible problem, and make a call for help if an elder is in need of assistance.

•Physical Abuse
•Sexual Abuse
•Emotional or Psychological Abuse
•Neglect
•Abandonment
•Financial or Material Exploitation
•Self-neglect

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 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Wheelchair Injury Fall

Wheelchair Injury Fall Red Wing Health Center Red Wing Minnesota

Red Wing Health Center Cited for Abuse – Exploitation – Drug Diversion

In a report dated February 4, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health cited Red Wing Health Center alleged that a resident was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP) took a resident’s pain medication for his/her own personal use.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took 39 oxycodone (a narcotic) tablets from the resident for his/her own personal use over a period of approximately a month.

Red Wing Health Center Red Wing Complaint Findings for Neglect – Falls

In a report concluded on April 26, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Red Wing Health Center Red Wing for neglect of health care -falls.

The allegation is neglect based on the following: Resident #1 had a fall, with serious injuries, when Employee (J)/Alleged Perpetrator (AP) placed Resident #1 in the wrong wheelchair, which did not have a pressure alarm or self-release seat belt.

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 falls, fractures, financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Lifesprk LLC Cited by the MDH With Financial Exploitation

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 28th February 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation, Medication Administration Mistakes, Medication Drug Error | RSS Feed

In a report from the MDH Lifesprk cited with neglect after a failure to follow a resident’s care plan – failure to respond to change in condition after fall with injuries.

Medication Theft Drug Diversion From Lifesprk LLC Edina

Medication Theft Drug Diversion From Client at Lifesprk LLC Edina

Lifesprk LLC – Financially Exploitation Drug Diversion

In a report dated January 9, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health, it was alleged that a client at Lifesprk LLC Edina was financially exploited when s/he had approximately 50-56 pills missing.

Lifesprk LLC Medication Theft Drug Diversion

Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when an unknown staff member took 50-56 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP-5/325 milligrams (mg) from the client.

The client received home care services with medication management according to a service agreement and care plan.  The client had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP – 5/325 milligrams (mg) two tablets twice a day, morning and evening.  The pharmacy provided the medication as two cards, one labeled morning and another labeled evening.  Each contained 60 tablets.

Obervations and interviews with staff conducted during the on-site investigation revealed clients that receive medication management had their medications stored in a locked cabinet in their rooms.  In that locked cabinet were two locked tool boxes.  One tool box contained a one-month supply of client medications, both scheduled and as-needed, in blister packages.  Unlicensed staff have access to the locked cabinet and this first toolbox.  Unlicensed staff document medication administration by signing both the medication administration administration record (MAR) and the blister pack when they administer a medication.  The second tool box contains surplus medications and is only accessible by licensed staff.  Staff indicated that for both boxes, licensed staff only periodically account for the medications.

Interviews with staff revealed a nurse discovered the client’s evening card of hydrocodone/APAP was missing when the nurse when to destroy the medication after the client’s discharge from the facility.  Staff said they suspected 50-56 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP-5/325 (mg) belongs to the client were taken by a staff member.  The facility was unable to determine an alleged perpetrator, and was unable to determine exactly how many tablets were missing or when the tablets went missing.  However, the facility determined that staff members were not following facility policy and procedures regarding medication management.

Observations and document review confirmed that the facility was unable to account for one medication card, which should have contained over 50 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP.  However, because the medication supply was not being regularly counted, and because the narcotics count sheets which were present contained other errors in the quantity of tablets, it was not possible to determine when the card went missing.

Law enforcement also conducted an investigation, but were unable to determine who might have taken the medications.  The police closed the investigation.

Lifesprk LLC – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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 any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Theft of Resident's Credit Cards at Lifesprk LLC in Edina Minnesota

Theft of Resident’s Credit Cards at Lifesprk LLC in Edina Minnesota

Credit Card Theft From Resident at Lifesprk LLC

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated April 26, 2016, it is alleged that a client at Lifesprk LLC was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) used the client’s credit cards for his/her own personal use.

Lifesprk LLC Cited After Theft of Credit Cards

Based on a preponderance of evidence of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took two of the client’s credit cards and made several purchases at seven different locations on separate days without the client’s permission totaling $1765.49.

The client received services from the home care provider for medication administration, escorts, activities of daily living, housekeeping, laundry, meals, and transfer assistance.  The client was not alert to person, place or time and did not have the ability to leave the facility.

Interviews with staff revealed the comprehensive home care provider was notified by the client’s family of fraudulent charges on the client’s credit cards and noted two of the credit cards were missing from the client’s wallet.  The comprehensive home care provider interviewed all staff members and provided care for the client and all staff denied taking the client’s credit cards.  The AP did not show up for the interview with the comprehensive home care provider and the AP provided regular services to the client.  The comprehensive home care provider notified the police of the missing credit cards and the fraudulent charges.

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 medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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