Golden Nest Woodbury – Client Wandered and Eloped
In a report concluded on January 6, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Golden Nest Woodbury for neglect of supervision.
Wandering Client Elopes Facility – Golden Nest Woodbury
Neglect of supervision based on the following: a client eloped from a secured facility through unlocked doors. When staff realized doors had been left unlocked staff failed to complete a room check.
Residents at Golden Living Nest Woodbury Need Supervision to Prevent Wandering and Elopement.
According to federal regulation 42 CFR §483.25 (h), accidents. The facility must ensure that—
(1) The resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible; and
(2) Each resident receives adequate supervision and assistance devices to prevent accidents. (this includes risks from wandering and elopement)
How can a Nursing Home Reduce the risk of Wandering and Elopement – Golden Nest Woodbury
• Use of tag alarm that clips on the shirt of resident and alerts when they get up from bed or a chair.
• Use a electronic “wander guard bracelet” or “life alert system” to alert when the resident leaves the floor of the nursing home.
• Make sure that there is adequate staffing levels in the nursing home, sufficient to attend to the needs of the residents.
• Properly monitor the residents who are ambulatory and suffer from cognitive deficits.
Wandering and elopement occurs when a resident with compromised cognitive ability is able to depart the building or walk around unsupervised and undetected. All patients have the right to go where they have been determined to require supervision and monitoring to be kept safe. If wandering and elopement occurs, it is often because of the lack of care provided by the nursing home staff. It is the responsibility of the nursing home staff to ensure that all patients are accounted for and kept free from accident.
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 wandering, elopment or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.