Prairiewood Home Alexandria Abuse of Client
In a report dated January 26, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a client at Prairiewood Home Alexandria was abused when the alleged perpetrator (AP) yelled at the client and pried the client’s legs apart to do cares. The AP told the client to go the to client’s room and the AP locked the door by jamming a butter knife in the molding to prevent the client from getting out of the room.
Prairiewood Home Alexandria Client Restrained Abuse Substantiated
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, abuse occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) yelled at the client, struggled with the client, and secluded the client.
The client’s diagnosis includes severe developmental disability. The client independently completes the majority of his/her activities of daily living with staff cues. The client required staff assistance with medication administration and application of a treatment cream to the client’s groin. The care plan indicated staff were to provide the client one short and specific prompt assist the client to his/her room, use distractions such as music, and provide positive reinforcement with interactions. For treatment refusals, the care plan directed staff to approach the client again at a later time. When an interview was attempted, the client not verbalize specific information about the incidents.
During an evening shift, the facility had three staff scheduled to assist the clients. Staff #1 and Staff #2 observed the client refuse to allow the AP to apply a treatment cream to the client’s groin. The client put his/her legs together firmly and verbally refused the treatment. The AP proceeded to try to pry the client’s legs apart with force to apply the cream. The client responded by saying no. Both staff and the AP continued to attempt to pry the client’s legs apart for about two minutes despite the client’s refusal. There was no documentation of an injury to the client from the treatment.
According to Staff #1, around 7:30 p.m., the AP told the client to go to his/her room. Once the client entered the room, the AP shut the door and placed a knife between the door molding and the door, preventing the client from leaving the room. The client banged on the door for about ten minutes. Staff #1 said after thirty minutes, the AP removed the knife from the door, but s/he did not open the door to check on the client. Staff #1 reported that the AP “yelled” at the client, when s/he repeated the same phrases over and over that evening. Staff #1 said s/he did not stop the AP or immediately report the AP’s actions because the AP is his/her friend.
According to Staff #2, s/he came into the hallway, after being in another client’s room, and saw the knife in the client’s door frame. S/he knew it prevented the client from leaving the room. According to Staff #2, s/he did not hear the client banging on the door, but saw the knife in the door frame for about ten minutes.
When interviewed, the AP denied the allegations. S/he said the client grabbed the AP’s hand tightly and refused to let go during the groin treatment. The AP was only insisting the client let go of his/her hand. The AP admitted putting a knife between the door molding and the door, which prevented the client from leaving the room. The AP said the knife in place for only a few minutes but admitted it was the wrong thing to do.
An interview with the program director established the AP was suspended and would no longer be working at the facility after the investigation.
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