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A Twin Cities home health care provider has been accused of neglecting a patient

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 13th July 2015 | Category: Malnutrition and Sudden Weightloss | RSS Feed
Failure to Provide Food

Failure to Provide Food, Allegation of Neglecting a Patient

Allegations of Neglecting a Patient – Malnourishment

A Twin Cities home health care provider has been accused of neglecting a patient after that patient died of malnutrition.

The Minnesota Department of Health has conducted an investigation and they found that the patient was malnourished and the agency did not report the change in the patient’s condition, nor did they seek medical care for the patient.

The Minnesota Department of Health has further stated that the patient was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012 and they were referred to the agency due to a “failure to thrive.” This means that the patient was not able to completely take care of some specific needs and needed a skilled nurse to visit them. The nurse was to help the patient manage their medication and they were to perform a home safety evaluation to ensure the home was safe for the patient. If at any point the home environment would be deemed unsafe, then it would be recommended that the patient receive around the clock care or be placed in a nursing home.

Substantiated Complaint – Found Neglecting Patient – Failure to Monitor

In the Department of Health’s investigation, they did find a report that said the patient was complaining of a poor appetite in 2014. The patient’s vital signs were recorded, but there was no weight listed.

It was found that no weight monitoring had occurred over a two year period. The patient, however, did have a 2013 physician visit where the doctor expressed concerns about the patient’s level of nutrition.

When the nurse was questioned, she said that the patient’s nutritional status was checked by evaluating the patient and also checking to see what food was in the home. She said the patient was never weighed because the patient didn’t have a scale.

Records show that the patient was admitted into the hospital in 2014 with profound malnutrition and multi-system atrophy. At admission, the patient only weighed 80 pounds and had a serious blood infection and a pressure ulcer.

The nurse said that a skin check had been performed two months before the hospital admission and that no open wounds were found. She also said that an offer was made to the patient to go to a nursing home at various points over the past two years, but that the patient desired to stay within the home.

The day after the hospital admission, the patient was placed in hospice and then died 13 days later.

The Minnesota Department of Health has listed the cause of death as multi-system atrophy and aspiration pneumonia.

If the agency is found to be responsible for the patient’s death, they could face heavy penalties by the Department of Health. The nurse could also be reprimanded as deemed appropriate by the state nursing board if it is found that she was negligent and that that negligence led to the death of the patient.

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Failed to Feed Properly or Provide Adequate Nutrition – Substantiated Finding of Neglect Against Olidia Care, Inc.

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 22nd August 2012 | Category: Dehydration, Facilities - Nursing Homes, Home Health Care, Malnutrition and Sudden Weightloss | RSS Feed
Allegation Home Care Provider Failed to Feed / Provide Adequate Nutrition

Allegation Home Care Provider Failed to Feed / Provide Adequate Nutrition

Home Health Care Provider Cited By MDH After they Apparently Failed to Feed / Provide Adequate Nutrition

Often the worst forms of neglect stem from a failure to provide the very basic necessities such as food, water and adequate nutrition.  Olidia Care, Inc. has had a allegation that they failed to feed properly or provide adequate nutrition to support the health of a resident.   Care needs to be given on making sure that every resident is getting the proper amount of calories and fluids based on their specific care plan and dietary needs.

Provider: Olidia Care, Inc.

Location: Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Provider Type: Home Health Care

Number of Substantiated Complaints listed by MDH 1

Complaint: Failure to Feed Properly – Mix Powder Meals

Date Investigation Concluded: July 13, 2010

Basis of Complaint: Neglect of Health Care

Although, efforts are made to make accurate links and relayed information, these blogs are examples of neglect and other issues, please double check all information at: MDH Website

This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048.

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Substantiated Complaint Against Maranatha Care Center

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 12th August 2012 | Category: Caregivers Resources, Inadequate Staffing/Training, Malnutrition and Sudden Weightloss, Patient Rights | RSS Feed
of Health Substantiated Complaint Against Maranatha Care Center

Minnesota Department of Health Substantiated Complaint Against Maranatha Care Center

Substantiated Complaint Against Maranatha Care Center Failing to Provide Adequate Food

Substantiated Complaint Against Maranatha Care Center – for a failure to provide adequate food for resident.

NOTE: The following information about the facility and provider is provided by the MDH Website this blog is not a complete list of providers with Substantiated Complaints, the providers highlighted are generally those which focus on the care of disabled or elderly persons.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 626.5572, subd. 19; “Substantiated” means a preponderance of the evidence shows that an act that meets the definition of maltreatment, which is defined subdivision 15, as: means “abuse as defined in subdivision 2, neglect as defined in subdivision 17 or financial exploitation as defined by subdivision 9.”

Maranatha Care Center Cited with Negect

Provider: Maranatha Care Center

Location: Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Provider Type: Nursing Home

Number of Substantiated Complaints listed by MDH 1

Complaint: Dietary – Food

Date Investigation Concluded: September 24, 2010

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Although, efforts are made to make accurate links and relayed information, these blogs are examples of neglect and other issues, please double check all information at: MDH Website

This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please call our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member. To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048.

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Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

 

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Minnesota Department of Health Results for Substantiated Complaint Golden LivingCenter – Hopkins

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 23rd June 2012 | Category: Caregivers Resources, Dehydration, Facilities - Nursing Homes, Malnutrition and Sudden Weightloss, Nursing Home Care Issues, Patient Rights | RSS Feed
Complaint at Golden LivingCenter Hopkins Related to Nutrition and Hydration

Complaint at Golden LivingCenter Hopkins Related to Nutrition and Hydration

Substantiated Complaint Against Golden LivingCenter Hopkins

A complaint was made with the Minnesota Department of Health against Complaint Golden LivingCenter, Hopkins for allegations related to nutrition and hydration.

NOTE: The following information about the facility and provider is provided by the MDH Website this blog is not a complete list of providers with Substantiated Complaints, the providers highlighted are generally those which focus on the care of disabled or elderly persons.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute 626.5572, subd. 19; “Substantiated” means a preponderance of the evidence shows that an act that meets the definition of maltreatment, which is defined subdivision 15, as: means “abuse as defined in subdivision 2, neglect as defined in subdivision 17 or financial exploitation as defined by subdivision 9.”

Substantiated Complaint Golden LivingCenter Hopkins

Provider: Golden LivingCenter Hopkins

Location: Hopkins, Minnesota

Provider Type: Nursing Home

Number of Substantiated Complaints listed by MDH 2

Date Investigation Concluded: October 20, 2011

Basis of Complaint: Neglect of Health Care, Nutrition and Hydration

Here are some thoughts of Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorney, Kenneth LaBore:

As an attorney who handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases, I frequently see situations where residents do not receive the necessary nourishment and hydration required for sustaining health. Both state and federal regulations require that a nursing home provide adequate food and water pursuant to the following statutes:

Nutrition The nursing home must maintain acceptable parameters of nutritional status. (42 CFR § 483.25 (i))

Based on a resident’s comprehensive assessment, the facility must ensure that a resident:

(1) Maintains acceptable parameters of nutritional status, such as body weight and protein levels, unless the resident’s clinical condition demonstrates that this is not possible; and

(2) Receives a therapeutic diet when there is a nutritional problem. (42 CFR § 483.25 (i))

Hydration The nursing home must provide each resident with sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health. (42 CFR § 483.25 (j))

The facility must provide each resident with sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health.

Date Investigation Concluded: October 27, 2010

Basis of Complaint: Patient Rights

Although, efforts are made to make accurate links and relayed information, these blogs are examples of neglect and other issues, please double check all information at: MDH Website

This website is not intended to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury from neglect or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.

To contact Attorney Kenneth L. LaBore, directly for a Free Consultation, please send an email to KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com or call Ken at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589.

Disclaimer

Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

 

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Nursing Home Resident’s Sudden Weight Loss Reviewed By Department of Health

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 31st January 2012 | Category: Dehydration, Malnutrition and Sudden Weightloss | RSS Feed
Malnourishment Sudden Weight Loss

Malnourishment
Sudden Weight Loss

Sudden Weight Loss for Nursing Home Resident

The Sun Newspapers had an article which reported that the Golden Living Center Nursing Home in Hopkins was alleged to be negligent by the Minnesota Department of Health concerning a resident who experienced significant and sudden weight loss over the period of a month and it was not reported to his primary physician or nurse practitioner.

As an attorney who handles nursing home abuse and neglect cases, I frequently see situations where residents do not receive the necessary nourishment and hydration required for sustaining health. Both state and federal regulations require that a nursing home provide adequate food and water pursuant to the following statutes: Nutrition The nursing home must maintain acceptable parameters of nutritional status. (42 CFR § 483.25 (i))

Sudden Weight Loss Should Not Occur Without Medical Reason

Based on a resident’s comprehensive assessment, the facility must ensure that a resident:

(1) Maintains acceptable parameters of nutritional status, such as body weight and protein levels, unless the resident’s clinical condition demonstrates that this is not possible; and
(2) Receives a therapeutic diet when there is a nutritional problem. (42 CFR § 483.25 (i))
Hydration The nursing home must provide each resident with sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health. (42 CFR § 483.25 (j))
The facility must provide each resident with sufficient fluid intake to maintain proper hydration and health.

Of all the forms of nursing home abuse and neglect failure to provide adequate nourishment and hydration is one of the easiest to prevent. Nursing homes are mandated by state and federal regulations to timely report any change in a resident’s condition to the treating physician and family, pursuant to 42 CFR § 483.10.

This website is not to provide legal advice as each situation is different and specific factual information must be obtained before an attorney is able to assess the legal questions relevant to your situation. In addition to providing related information this blog may also be considered an advertisement for legal services.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or abuse in a nursing home or other care facility that serves the elderly in Minnesota, please contact our firm for a free consultation and information regarding the obligations of the facility and your rights as a resident or concerned family member.

To contact attorney Kenneth LaBore, directly for a Free Consultation, please send an email to klabore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com, or call Ken at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589.

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Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

Free Consultation on Issues of Elder Abuse and Neglect Serving all of Minnesota Toll Free 1-888-452-6589

 

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