Madonna Towers Rochester Complaint Findings for Neglect – Falls
In a report concluded on December 4, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Madonna Towers Rochester for neglect of health care – falls.
The allegation is neglect occurred when a resident fell and fractured his/her hip after a nursing assistant, alleged perpetrator (AP) did not follow the resident’s care plan left the resident alone in the bathroom.
Based on a preponderance of evidence, the allegation of neglect is substantiated. Neglect occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) left the resident sitting on the toilet alone in the bathroom, and the resident fell and sustained a pelvic fracture.
Interview with the AP confirmed that the AP transferred the resident, with the help of another nursing assistant (NA) and a mechanical lift, on to the toilet. The AP then told another NA over the walkie-talkie that s/he was toileting the resident and was going break. The other NA then told the AP s/he “would be right there”. The AP went on break before the other NA arrived in the resident’s room; leaving the resident unattended on the toilet. The AP confirmed that s/he was aware of the resident’s plan of care and stated that s/he “did wrong” in leaving the resident on the toilet unattended and assumed that the other NA was coming to assist.
Neglect was determined since the facility policies and procedures were place but not followed by the AP. The resident’s care plan and nursing assistant assignment sheet indicated that the resident was not be left alone unattended in the bathroom.
Madonna Towers Rochester Complaint Findings for Neglect – Change in Condition
In a report concluded on October 9, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Madonna Towers Rochester for neglect of health care – change in condition.
The allegation is neglect occurred when a resident was not adequately assessed for a change in condition after reporting symptoms of a bladder infection. It was requested the resident be tested for that condition and was told by staff it was not necessary. After the resident’s symptoms continued to increase for several days, it was again asked to have the resident seen by a physician and was told once more it was not necessary.
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 or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.