Goldfinch Estates Fairmont Wandering Client Lead to Neglect Finding
In a report concluded on January 30, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Goldfinch Estates Fairmont for neglect of supervision.
Note: the provider has disputed this finding, please check the MDH website for most current information.
It is alleged that neglect occurred when a client exited the secure building unknown to staff and was found deceased in an outdoor courtyard area.
Substantiated Neglect Against Goldfinch Estates Fairmont – Wandering and Eloping Client
Based on a preponderance of evidence, neglect occurred when a client who resided in a locked memory care unit was able to leave through a secured exit door unnoticed by staff, fell outside and died from hypothermia due to cold exposure. The home care provider failed to have a system in place to ensure the exit doors in the locked memory care unity were monitored to ensure they were functioning and the client’s care plan was not followed in relation to checking the client’s whereabouts and toileting every two hours. There was also a delay in notifying a supervisor and/or law enforcement when the client was noticed to be missing.
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, elopement 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.