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TFF Care Fails to Timely Respond to Fracture Injuries

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 3rd January 2020 | Category: Fall Injuries, Lost Resident Wandering Elopement | RSS Feed

MDH Cites Facility After Fall with Fractures

Spring Brook Village of LaCrescent, Fall with Fractured Ribs and Vertebrae
Spring Brook Village of LaCrescent, Fall with Fractured Ribs and Vertebrae

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at TFF Care Copperfield Hill, The Lodge was neglected when the alleged perpetrator (AP) failed to answer the client’s call pendant after the client had fallen. The client laid on the floor for more than six hours and required hospitalization for a broken arm.

Failure Respond to Client with Broken Arm at TFF Care

Neglect was substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) was responsible for the maltreatment. The client fell in her room and then activated her pendant to call for help before 2:00 a.m. The AP never answered the call pendant. Facility staff did not find the client until after 8:00 a.m. The client required hospitalization and sustained a right arm fracture due to the fall.

A review of the facility’s payroll information indicated the AP started her shift at 10:12 p.m. the night before the incident and ended her shift the next morning (the day after the incident) at 6:45 a.m.

TFF Care Resident Wanders from Facility

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health the facility Copperfield Hill – the Lodge was cited with neglect after a resident wandered from the facility.

For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.

A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves medication management and administration. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.

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Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
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If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Hometown Senior Living Resident Suffers Fractured Hip

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 28th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Uncategorized | RSS Feed

MDH Cites Hometown Senior Living after Resident Falls with Fracture

Fall at Hometown Senior Living Leads to Fractured Hip
Fall at Hometown Senior Living Leads to Fractured Hip

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Hometown Senior Living the alleged perpetrator (AP) neglected the client, when the AP failed to assess the client after a fall and neglected to contact the on-call staff per policy. The client had a fractured hip.

Failure to Supervise Leads to Broken Hip

Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. The facility did not directly make available a registered nurse to assess the client’s care and services needed after a fall. The facility implemented a policy that directed unlicensed personnel to contact an on-call manager (who was also unlicensed) for all after hour incident, the unlicensed staff called the on-call manager, who did not contact a nurse. The client laid awake all night with pain, and a nurse did not assess the client until 8 hours later.

The client moved into the facility due to diagnoses that included dementia. The client received services that included assistance with bathing, grooming, dressing, toileting, eating, transfers, wellness checks, and orientation due to moderate confusion. The client had difficulty answering questions, communicating discomfort, and intermittent confusion.

For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.

A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves fall injuries and fractures. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Fall Injury at Brookdale North Oaks

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 28th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Uncategorized | RSS Feed

MDH Cites Brookdale North Oaks

Fractures - Fractured Shoulder - Resident a Brookdale North Oaks
Fractures – Fractured Shoulder – Resident a Brookdale North Oaks

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Brookdale North Oaks was not adequately supervised and fell and was hospitalized with fractured shoulder.

Failure to supervise leads to a fractured shoulder of resident

Neglect was substantiated. The facility neglected to make available a registered nurse for consultation to staff performing delegated nursing tasks when the client injured her shoulder and was in pain. Staff were directed to contact the executive director of the license. The client’s treatment was delayed for approximately four days and the client was diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder that required hospitalization. It could not be determined when or how the client fell.

The nurse did not assess the client, but called the administrator with direction to fax the doctor’s order to an x-ray company to come to the facility to x-ray the client’s shoulder. The administrator sent the fax, but did not communicate the order to anyone else, as the facility did not have a nurse on the staff at the time.

The administrator was away from the facility for two days, and when she returned learned that the client did not get an x-ray. The administrator called the x-ray company who came to the facility the same day to x-ray the client’s shoulder. The x-ray revealed that the client had a dislocated shoulder, and the doctor ordered her to the hospital for treatment.

For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.

A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves medication management and administration or injuries from fall and fractures. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Lino Lakes Assisted Living Exploitation and Fall Injuries Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 27th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

In a recent MDH report there was substantiated neglect found against Lino Lakes Assisted Living when a resident suffered rib fractures. The facility neglected a client when staff failed to assist the client with toileting, and the client fell resulting in rib fractures. The facility also neglected to provide the client with adequate pain control.

Most recent MDH Substantiated Neglect Findings – Lino Lakes AL

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited by MDH After Resident Suffers Broken Ribs During Transfer

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited by MDH After Resident Suffers Broken Ribs During Transfer

Lino Lakes Assisted Living Cited With Neglect by MDH After Resident Suffers Fall Injuries During Transfer

In a report concluded on May 12, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Lino Lakes Assisted Living with neglect alleging that a client was neglected when a staff member, alleged perpetrator (AP) failed to follow the client’s care plan when transferring the client, resulting in a fall and broken ribs.

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 improper use of medical equipment or fall injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, Financial Exploitation

Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults, Financial Exploitation

Lino Lakes AL Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on July 2, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Lino Lakes Assisted Living for exploitation by staff.

The allegation is exploitation based on the following:  Client #1 and Client #2 were exploited by the alleged perpetrator (AP).  The AP admitted to taking two large amounts of money from Client #1’s Discover credit card and taking $900.00 from Client #2.

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 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Augustana Emerald Crest Minnetonka Resident Dies After Fall

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 14th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Uncategorized | RSS Feed
Resident at Augustana Emerald Crest Minnetonka Suffers Fall with Fractured Femur
Resident at Augustana Emerald Crest Minnetonka Suffers Fall with Fractured Femur

MDH Cites Augustana Emerald Crest Minnetonka After Resident Suffers Femur Fracture

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Augustana Emerald Crest Minnetonka was neglected when the alleged perpetrator (AP) failed to supervise the client; the AP was sleeping during the night shift. The client fell and sustained a left femur fracture. The client died 19 days later.

Failure to Supervise Leads to Preventable Fall

Neglect was substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) was responsible for the maltreatment. The client was known to wake frequently during the night and required supervision. The client was known to wake frequently during the night and required supervision, engagement, and redirection when awake. The client began wandering in the common area, fell sustained a left femur fracture, and later died. The AP assigned to her care was sleeping while on duty and failed to supervise or engage the client as directed in the client’s service plan.

For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.

Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision. Many types of injuries can occur as a result, the most common are fractures and head injuries due to falls.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Fall at the Shores at Lake Phalen Leads to Head Injury with Laceration

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 14th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Uncategorized | RSS Feed
Resident at the Shores at Lake Phalen Suffers Fall with Laceration
Resident at the Shores at Lake Phalen Suffers Fall with Laceration

MDH Cites the Shores at Lake Phalen after Head Injury to Resident

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that clients at the Shores at Lake Phalen were neglected when the facility failed to provide adequate supervision, which resulted in client #1 and client #2 falling during an altercation. Client #1 hit her head and sustained a significant laceration to the back of her head, requiring 18 stiches.

Failure to Supervise Residents Leads to Fall with Laceration to Head

Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for maltreatment. The memory care unit was required to have two staff members present at all times. During the time of the incidents, there was one staff member present, and they were unable to manage several clients that were exhibiting aggressive behaviors. The facility was aware of prior verbal altercations between the clients, but had not re-assessed the clients or implemented new interventions to address the concern. In conclusion, neglect of supervision was substantiated.

For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.

A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a lack of proper attention and supervision of residents resulting in falls and other injuries. Other frequents errors involve medication management and administration. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.

Report Suspected Elder Abuse

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection
Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

If you have concerns about care provided to a resident in a nursing home, assisted living or any other type of elder care provider contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore for a Free Consultation to discuss your legal rights and options.

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Mendota Heights WP LLC Cited With Neglect by MDH

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 14th December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries | RSS Feed
Resident at Mendota Heights White Pine II Suffers Fractured Hip
Resident at Mendota Heights White Pine II Suffers Fractured Hip

Resident Suffers Fractured Hip at Mendota Heights White Pine II

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that clients at Mendota Heights White Pine were neglected when the facility failed to provide adequate supervision to two clients. Client #1 walked into client #2’s room, which resulted in client #2 pushing client #1 fell and sustained a hip fracture.

Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for maltreatment. The facility was aware of client #2’s ongoing aggressive behaviors, including physical attacks but did not implement new or effective interventions to keep other clients safe.

Medication Theft Drug Diversion Financial Exploitation Leads to MDH Complaint at Mendota Heights WP

Medication Theft Drug Diversion Financial Exploitation Leads to MDH Complaint at Mendota Heights WP LLC

Mendota Heights WP LLC Cited By MDH After Staff Member Steals Resident’s Medication

In a report concluded on November 25, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Mendota Heights WP LLC it is alleged that a client was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP) took the client’s pain medications for her/his own personal use.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the AP took narcotic medication from the client for his/her personal use.

Client #1 received services from the facility for medication administration and had a physician’s or for 5 mg of morphine solutab. Document review and interview with facility staff indicated client #1 was missing 15 tablets of 5 mg morphine solutabs. Facility staff indicated that the 15 tablets were accounted for by staff and the AP on 4-20-15 at the start of the shift at 11:00 p.m. and were discovered missing on 4-21-15 after the AP worked. Facility staff indicated the client did miss any doses of medications and did not have an increase in pain as a result.
Facility staff indicated during interview they say the AP in the medication cart at 1:30 a.m. on 4-21-15 and the AP was the only person with assess to the medication cart during the shift.

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 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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New Journey Residence Complaint for Neglect

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 1st December 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Medication Administration Mistakes, Medication Drug Error | RSS Feed
Resident Suffers Head Injury after Fall on Stairs at New Journey Residence
Resident Suffers Head Injury after Fall on Stairs at New Journey Residence

Resident Suffers Head Injury After Fall on Stairway

It is alleged in a report from the Minnesota Department of Health that a client at New Journey Residence was neglected when the facility did not provide a safe environment and received a subdural hematoma (a collection of blood between the covering and the surface of the brain, most often the result of a head injury and frost bite to his knees. The client died 15 days later.

Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. The facility failed to implement safety precautions when the client had a history of exit seeking. The client was able to get outside without staff knowledge. The client had a fall, was injured, and died.

New Journey Residence Substantiated Complaint Neglect of Health Care

New Journey Residence Substantiated Complaint Neglect of Health Care

New Journey Residence In Eveleth Investigated For Neglect

It was alleged in a report dated December 24, 2015, that clients at New Journey Residence that clients are being neglected because the facility does not have adequate staffing to provide supervision, personal cares, and medical administration to the clients.

New Journey Residence Substantiated Complaint For Neglect

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, the allegation of neglect of health care is substantiated.  Neglect did occur when two clients were observed during onsite investigation to required immediate assistance and the licensee did not have sufficient trained staff to provide care.  One client required emergency care at the hospital and the second required immediate transfer to another housing with services facility.

Observations made during the onsite investigation revealed the Housing with Services Establishment has 8 memory care units and 44 additional care units.  Four clients resided on the memory care unity 26 clients resided on another unit.  The licensee had 1 unlicensed professional working in the locked memory care unit and 1 unlicensed professional working in the non-memory care unit.  Client 1 and Client 2 both resided in the non-membory care unit.  In addition, the licensee had 2 kitchen staff members working and providing direct care to clients.

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 medication errors, improper use of medical equipment, falls 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.

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Heritage of Edina Neglect – Wandering Resident, Falls, Burns

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 22nd November 2019 | Category: Burn Injuries, Fall Injuries, Lost Resident Wandering Elopement | RSS Feed
Resident at Heritage of Edina Suffers Burn from Heater
Resident at Heritage of Edina Suffers Burn from Heater

In a report from the MDH, Heritage of Edina was cited with neglect. The alleged perpetrator (AP) was responsible for maltreatment. The baseboard heat radiator in the client’s room became excessively hot and burned the client on her left arm, elbow and wrist, and the forehead. The AP, who worked the overnight shift did not complete services as assigned, which included hourly safety checks.

Resident at Heritage of Edina Suffers Shoulder Fracture in Fall
Resident at Heritage of Edina Suffers Shoulder Fracture in Fall

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Heritage of Edina was neglected when the alleged perpetrator (AP) failed to follow the client’s care plan, which resulted in a fall with a fracture.

Neglect was substantiated. The alleged perpetrator (AP) was responsible for the maltreatment when he neglected to transfer the client as assessed, which resulted in the client sustaining a right shoulder fracture.

Recent MDH Substantiated Findings of Neglect, dehydration, exploitation.

Provide Proper Supervision to Confused and Vulnerable Adults, Risks from Elopement, Wandering Allegations of Neglect of Supervision Against Heritage of Edina Minnesota

Provide Proper Supervision to Confused and Vulnerable Adults, Risks from Elopement, Wandering Allegations of Neglect of Supervision Against Heritage of Edina Minnesota

Heritage of Edina Complaint Findings for Neglect – Lack of Supervision – Wandering Resident

In a report concluded on April 2, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Heritage of Edina for neglect of supervision.

Resident Wanders and Elopes from Heritage of Edina – Wander Guard Failed

The allegation is neglect of supervision based on the following: Client #1 eloped from the facility and was found by police wandering in the parking lot of a shopping mall.  The client’s wander guard bracelet did not alarm when she left the building.

According to the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, individuals at risk for wandering include individuals with dementia, generally in the early to mid-stage. Dementia is defined by the Alzheimer’s disease and Related Disorders Association as “the loss of intellectual functions (such as thinking, remembering, and reasoning) of sufficient severity to interfere with the person’s daily functioning. Dementia is not a disease itself but rather a group of symptoms that may accompany certain diseases or conditions. Symptoms may also include changes in personality, mood and behavior. Dementia is irreversible when caused by disease or injury but may be reversible when caused by drugs, alcohol, hormone or vitamin imbalances, or depression.”  Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia and is defined by the National Institute on Aging as “an irreversible progressive brain disorder that occurs gradually and results in memory loss, unusual behavior, personality changes, and a decline in thinking abilities.”

It is estimated that fifty percent of all people over age eighty-five have Alzheimer’s dementia. Approximately half of all nursing home residents suffer from some form of dementia, most commonly Alzheimer’s disease. Wandering is most often associated with Alzheimer’s dementia, usually occurring two to four years after the onset of the disease. Statistics indicate that in the United States, more than 34,000 Alzheimer patients wander out of their homes or care facilities each year.11 Studies vary on the prevalence of wandering in institutionalized dementia patients, but is estimated that 11 % to 24 % wander.

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 wandering and elopement, or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Harmony House Pierz – Fall Injuries – Sexual Assault

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 21st November 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Sexual Abuse, Wrongful Death | RSS Feed
Harmony House Resident Victim of Sexual Assault
Harmony House Resident Victim of Sexual Assault

In a report from the MDH it was alleged that a Harmony House staff member sexually abused the client when she inserted a finger into the client’s vagina during two separate incidents.

Sexual abuse was substantiated. The AP was responsible for the maltreatment. The AP made unwanted sexual contact with the client on two separate occasions when she inserted an in continence brief and her finger into the client’s vagina.

Neglect of Health Care, Fall Injury, Delay in Treatment Harmony House Pierz - Failure to Use Gait Belt Leads to Falls

Neglect of Health Care, Fall Injury, Delay in Treatment Harmony House Pierz – Failure to Use Gait Belt Leads to Falls

Harmony House Pierz Complaint Findings for Neglect – Falls

In a report concluded on June 20, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Harmony House Pierz for neglect of health care falls.

The allegation is neglect based on the following: Client #1 had a fall with injury when a staff person, alleged perpetrator (AP) ambulated Client #1 without using a gait belt.  The next day the client was transported to the emergency room where Client #1 passed away.

Substantiated Neglect Related to Falls at Harmony House Pierz

According to CDC.gov, each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, one out of three older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor. Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.

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, fractures or any other 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.

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