Minnetonka Assisted Living Complaint Findings for Neglect
In a report concluded on April 7, 2011, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Minnetonka Assisted Living for neglect of health care – resident needed shower.
The allegation is neglect based on the following: Client #1 has arrived at the adult day program on more than one occasion with no incontinence pad, soaked in urine and had dried feces on his legs. In addition, his feet are dirty and flaky and he does not get a shower as frequently as necessary.
Substantiated Neglect Against Minnetonka Assisted Living – Health Care
According to agingcare.com, the issue of elders who were once reasonably clean adults refusing to take showers and wear fresh clothes is one that is far more common than most people think.
Sometimes the issue is depression. If we have a parent who no longer takes an interest in staying clean or wearing clean clothes, it’s wise to look at depression first. A checkup with a doctor is a good idea, especially if low energy is also part of it, or if they just don’t care about anything at all. Depression isn’t always obvious to an observer.
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Another factor is control. As people age, they lose more and more control over their lives. But one thing they generally can control is dressing and showers. The more they are nagged, the more they resist. “This younger generation is trying to take over everything. Well, they aren’t telling me when to shower, that’s for sure. Besides, I’m just fine!”
A third issue is a decreased sense of sight and smell. What your nose picks up as old sweat, they don’t even notice. Not on themselves. Not on their mate. Their senses are not as acute as yours, or as theirs once were.
A fourth cause is memory. The days go by. They aren’t marked with tons of activities as they were when they were young. If there isn’t something special about Wednesday, well – it could be Tuesday or Thursday. They simply lose track of time and don’t realize how long it’s been since they showered.
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 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.