Management of Nursing Home Taken Over by Minnesota State Officials
The Minnesota Department of Health made the decision to take over a Minneapolis nursing home, stating that it violated regulations and suffered from management issues.
The move occurred two months after the state cited the nursing home for 47 violations, including some that created a great deal of risk for residents, according to the state in a news release.
The health department also questioned the financial stability of the home. The CEO of the parent company states that reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates hurt the facility because reimbursements made up all but 20 percent of the annual revenue that the facility received.
It is always a last resort when the Minnesota Department of Health has to step in and take over a nursing home. This occurs when it is found that the home is not keeping its residents safe and when it is not meeting the basic standards of care that are required in Minnesota.
The 87-bed facility’s parent company has stated that it will not make any attempts to resume control of the nursing home. The CEO said that he had taken responsibility for the problems at the facility, stating that it struggled financially due to a majority of its residents being Medicaid patients. He further stated in an interview that the facility had some challenges when the parent company took it over. It was believed at first that the challenges would be able to be overcome, but that did not come to fruition. It was not the outcome that was desired for those who worked to try and turn it around. Now the CEO states that he is doing everything he can for the stakeholders and he is assisting with the transition so that it is as smooth as possible.
Nursing Home Taken Over and Run By Nonprofit
America National Services, a nonprofit, will manage the nursing home facility for the state.
As for the financial situation, the state expressed concerns that the financial state of the center had deteriorated to the point that caregivers could walk off the job due to not getting paid wages, leaving the residents vulnerable due to lack of care. When the home’s director resigned in May, there were only two nurses at the home and there were 67 patients needing care, according to the court petition.
In March, it was found that there were two residents that were hospitalized after they accessed alcohol or drugs while at the facility. This indicated nursing home neglect because the residents were not adequately monitored.
When the takeover occurred, there was a court order in hand and Volunteers of America were there at that time. The acting administrator was ordered to leave. Residents were told that evening of the change.
The Minneapolis nursing home has a very diverse mix of residents. There are some with mental illness, some with chemical dependence, and around half are dementia sufferers. One long-term resident said that the conditions at the nursing home had become intolerable in early 2014. The facility ran out of a medication that she needed for her Parkinson’s disease and she went without her medication for a week. She also said the call light next to her bed stopped working for a number of weeks just after she had surgery.
Due to the very thin staff, authorities are trying to avoid a situation that occurred in another state in 2013 when a nursing home was abandoned with 14 sick and elderly patients left to their own devices.
Report Suspected Elder Abuse – Nursing Home Taken Over to Protect Residents
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 any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.