Recent MDH Substantiated Finding of Neglect after medication error.
Inver Grove Heights WP II Complaint Findings for Physical Abuse
In a report concluded on April 23, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Inver Grove Heights WP II for physical abuse by staff.
The allegation is abuse based on the following: a licensed nurse, alleged perpetrator (AP), was witnessed striking Client #1 on the back of her shoulder.
Substantiated Allegation of Physical Abuse Against Inver Grove Heights, II
According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, neglect is defined as the refusal or failure to fulfill any part of a person’s obligations or duties to an elder. Neglect may also include failure of a person who has fiduciary responsibilities to provide care for an elder (e.g., pay for necessary home care services) or the failure on the part of an in-home service provider to provide necessary care.
Neglect typically means the refusal or failure to provide an elderly person with such life necessities as food, water, clothing, shelter, personal hygiene, medicine, comfort, personal safety, and other essentials included in an implied or agreed-upon responsibility to an elder.
Signs and symptoms of neglect include but are not limited to:
•dehydration, malnutrition, untreated bed sores, and poor personal hygiene;
•unattended or untreated health problems;
•hazardous or unsafe living condition/arrangements (e.g., improper wiring, no heat, or no running water);
•unsanitary and unclean living conditions (e.g. dirt, fleas, lice on person, soiled bedding, fecal/urine smell, inadequate clothing); and
•an elder’s report of being mistreated.
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 or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.