In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Providence Villa was neglected when the facility failed to provide appropriate supervision when the client eloped from the facility, resulting in death from hypothermia.
Failure to Supervise Resident at Providence Villa
Neglect was substantiated. The facility and alleged perpetrator (AP) were responsible for the maltreatment. The AP failed to implement supervision services based on the client’s needs. As a result, the client eloped in inclement weather while dressed inappropriately, and died from hypothermia. At the time of the incident, the facility employed only one nurse (the AP), who had to be available to the staff at the facility 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, fill in our unlicensed staff shifts, and complete all nursing duties.
The autopsy report indicated the cause of death was hypothermia due to environmental cold exposure. There was no evidence of life threatening traumatic injuries or natural disease process. Toxicology results were positive only for caffeine. The client’s diagnoses listed on
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A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves a lack of proper monitoring and supervision of a vulnerable adult with cognitive issues. Wandering and elopement from facilities by confused and unsupervised residents is a common and dangerous risk. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.
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