It is alleged in a MDH report that the facility failed to ensure resident safety, which resulted in an increased risk of falls and the potential for serious harm for the resident.
Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. The resident sustained pelvic fractures due to a fall that required hospitalization, as well as questionable new spinal fractures. The facility failed to complete a comprehensive fall assessment and implement new interventions to minimize the risk for additional falls after the resident sustained the fractures. Six days after the fall, the resident slid out of the recliner.
Riverview Hospital and Nursing Home Cited with Neglect by MDH
In a report concluded on June 30, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Riverview Hospital and Nursing Home alleging that a resident was neglected when staff failed to adequately supervise the resident. Staff was aware of a malfunctioning secure door a day prior to the resident leaving through the malfunctioning door. The resident was found after dark on a busy highway a half mile away from the facility wearing no coat, hat or gloves.
Riverview Hospital and Nursing Home MDH Neglect Findings
Based on a preponderance of evidence the allegation of neglect is substantiated. Staff failed to communicate and follow-up on the repair of a magnetic lock that failed to secure a door leading out of the facility. The resident exited the secured facility at night in below freezing temperatures without appropriate clothing for the outside temperature.
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 neglect, wandering or 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.