Allegation of Abuse at REM Woodvale in Owatonna
In a report dated December 22, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health investigated REM Woodvale Inc. Adams in Owatonna it was alleged that clients were emotionally and physically abused when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP) yelled and swore at the clients and physically pushed the clients.
Substantiated Complaint for Physical Abuse REM Woodvale
Based on a preponderance of evidence, abuse is substantiated when the alleged perpetrator (AP) physically pushed a client, forcefully administered medications to another client and was emotionally/verbally abusive to a third client.
Document reviews and interviews revealed the following incidents occurred during the second week of April, 2015 and each was reported to facility administration, by the witness according to policy.
Client #1 (C1) had been at the facility for many years, had severe intellectual disability, schizaffective disorder, hip deformity and colostomy. Assessments showed that C1 would not be able to defend her/himself against verbal/emotional or physical abuse. On the day of the incident, the AP was observed to approach C1 with medications while C1 was seated at the dining room table. The AP placed pills into C1’s mouth and C1 spit the pills outs, the AP retrieved the pills and while forcefully holding C1’s head back, put all the medications into C1’s mouth and poured a cup of liquid into C1’s mouth. C1 choked on the liquid ran out of both sides of his/her mouth.
Client #2 (C2) was in the facility for many years, had mild intellectual disability, cerebral palsy and epilepsy. C2 told direct support personnel that she wanted to apologize to the AP because of an earlier misunderstanding. A witness heard C2 trying to apologize to the AP and the AP was heard telling C2 that s/he was “f*****g pathetic.”
C3 had moderate/severe intellectual disability, dementia, schizophrenia and seizure disorder. One morning before C3 left for work a witnesses saw the AP in C3’s room, with C3. C3 was trying to reach something in his/her closet, the AP was pushing C3 back so s/he was unable to reach whatever it was s/he was trying to get the AP yelled at C3 to “shut up”
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If you have concerns about physical abuse, 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.