Long Lake Assisted Living Complaint Findings for Exploitation
In a report concluded on March 21, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Long Lake Assisted Living for exploitation by staff.
It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when the staff/alleged perpetrator (AP) took five clients’ narcotic medications without permission and replaced them with other medications.
Substantiated Complaint of Long Lake Assisted Living
Based on a preponderance of evidence, allegation of financial exploitation is substantiated. The AP admitted to stealing multiple doses of controlled pain medication, while working, from five clients living at the facility.
Document review revealed the Client #1 resided in the facility for assistance with medication administration and monitoring, behavior management, and activities of daily living. Client #1 was prescribed Oxycodone (controlled narcotic pain medication) as needed for pain. It was identified that medications had been stolen when Client #1 requested an as needed for pain. It was identified that medications had been stolen when Client #1 requested as needed Oxycodone. Staff at the facility noticed a problem during an evening shift when they went to retrieve the tablet out the client’s medication cassette. The cover for the medication did not “pop” off like it normally should. It was found that the cover had already previously been removed and then put back on. It was then noticed that the tablet inside the medication cassette was not Oxycodone, but instead a different medication. At that point notified management and all client medications at the facility were inspected the next morning.
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.