No Charges for Hillcrest After Complaint
It has been determined that no charges will be filed against an assisted living facility in Chisholm, Minnesota accused of neglect after an unconscious patient was found living in filthy conditions.
The St. Louis County Attorney’s Office made an announcement that the conduct involved in the alleged neglect incident did not rise to a level of criminal neglect that would warrant criminal charges.
There Are No Charges For Facility
Hillcrest Terrace was cited for neglect in April by the Minnesota Department of Health after the disabled man was found unconscious in his room, which was full of mold and urine.
In an opinion piece written by Mark Rubin, he talks about how the elderly need to have proper care toward the end of their lives. He speaks of those individuals who are lucky enough to have their parents and grandparents making sure their loved ones are safe and comfortable. It is our goal to make sure those loved ones receive the same standard of care that we would give them if we could take care of them. Being that we all have our own families to take care of and jobs to do, it is very difficult to care for elderly loved ones, which is why we place our trust in care facilities to do what we would do for them and much more.
In the case of the reports by the Minnesota Department of Health regarding Hillcrest Terrace, the reports substantiate a neglect finding when it came to the elderly gentleman who was and still is a resident there. The neglect finding is a public finding and it is one that could result in licensing ramifications for the home. The Public Health and Human Services Department followed up on the matter, talking with the gentleman and it was determined that the neglect issue had been addressed and that no further action was required to ensure the well-being, comfort, and safety of the resident.
When the matter was brought to the attention of the St. Louis County Attorney’s Office, it was not due to a request for criminal charges. In fact, the conduct did not rise to a level of criminal neglect that warranted criminal charges. The interest was that the facility addressed the concerned but also took measures to ensure no one would be subject to a similar situation.
Mark Rubin stated that in these types of matters, it is important to recognize that there is obligatory respect of the privacy and dignity of residents and mindfulness of the need for fairness toward the people who run and work at those facilities.
It is encouraged that anyone who has any concerns about the well-being and care of an elderly or vulnerable individual should know what number to call so that the matters can be addressed. Addressing matters immediately will help ensure everyone’s best interest is kept in mind.
Report Suspected Abuse in Assisted Living Facilities
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 toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.