Recent MDH Substantiated Neglect Findings at Scandia Senior Care after abuse – medication theft.
Allegation of Neglect Against Scandia Senior Care for Neglect
In a report dated December 24, 2015, it was alleged that at Scandia Senior Care a client was neglected when staff failed to adequately supervise him/her when s/he left the facility and was found walking in a lane of traffic for at least 30 minutes.
Substantiated Neglect Allegation Against Scandia Senior Care
Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect did occur when facility staff failed to provide the level of supervision necessary to keep the client safe. The client eloped from the facility and was found by the police, wandering on a busy street in traffic more than a mile from the facility. Facility staff were unaware that the client had left the facility’s property.
The client had dementia, with a recent severe decline in cognition and mobility shortly before the elopement requiring increased supervision. The client was at risk for falls and elopement due to recent decline. The client needed interventions and monitoring to keep the client safe and protect him/her from harm after the decline but they were not implemented. Staff were to monitor the client for potential elopement due to the client’s wander risk. The client’s service plan was not updated after the decline to address how much supervision the client needed or how often staff were to check on the client’s whereabouts.
On a late afternoon in September 2015, the client eloped from the facility’s property sometime before dinner when an employee allowed the client to sit outside on the patio furniture alone, without any staff supervision. The client was found by a neighbor approximately 1.25 miles from the facility, on a busy street with his/her walker. The neighbor recognized the client, notified the client’s family member, and called the police. The client’s family member transported the client back to the facility. Facility staff didn’t know that the client eloped or was absent from the facility for 30-35 minutes.
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 wandering / elopement, 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.