Saint Therese Oxbow Lake Brooklyn Park Complaint Findings for Physical Abuse
In a report concluded on August 25, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Saint Therese Oxbow Lake Brooklyn Park for physical abuse by staff.
It is alleged that abuse occurred when a staff member, alleged perpetrator (AP), slapped a resident while providing cares. When assessed a short time later, no redness/bruising were noted on the resident’s face but an injury was noted on the resident’s ear.
Substantiated Complaint of Abuse by Staff at Saint Therese Oxbow Lake
Based on a preponderance of evidence abuse is substantiated when a witness observed the alleged perpetrator (AP) slap a resident during cares.
Review of the resident’s medical record revealed the resident had severe dementia with long term and short term memory impairment, impaired communication, and fragile skin. The resident pulls and rubs his/her ears at times. The resident required two staff assistance for cares, including hygiene and incontinence cares. One afternoon staff assisted the resident to lie down and provide perineal hygiene. One staff member, witness, provided perineal cares while the AP provided assistance with the transfer and mobility. The witness state the AP slapped the resident on the cheek after s/he urinated twice while the witness attempted to provide hygiene cares. The witness noted the resident’s cheek to be reddened. Nurse who assessed the resident note a small dark bruise on the resident’s ear and scratch marks on the back of the ear.
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If you have concerns about physical abuse or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.