Springhill Vadnais Heights Complaint Findings for Emotional Abuse
In a report concluded on August 3, 2012, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Springhill Vadnais Heights for emotional abuse by staff activities.
The preponderance of evidence indicates abuse is substantiated. AP#1 abused Client #3 when she used a prohibited restraint procedure, a modified locked time out, on Client #3. AP#1 repeatedly pulled client #3’s bedroom door shut when he was displaying behaviors and attempting to leave his bedroom. AP#1 failed to intervene related to the client’s behaviors and attempts to leave his bedroom.
Substantiated Neglect Springhill Vadnais Heights Emotional Abuse
According to CrimesAgainstOlderAdultsBucks.org, Emotional elder abuse is a verbal or nonverbal act that inflicts emotional pain, anguish, or distress on an older adult. It is sometimes also known as verbal abuse, mental abuse, or psychological abuse.
Emotional elder abuse is almost always accompanied by another form of abuse, such as physical abuse. Emotional abuse of the elderly can range from a simple verbal insult to an extreme form of verbal punishment.
The following are examples of emotional abuse:
•Ignoring the elder
•Isolating an elderly person from family, friends, or regular activities
•Habitual scapegoating or blaming
•Harassment, name-calling, cursing, humiliating, insulting, or ridiculing
•Threatening to punish or deprive, intimidating
•Treating an elder like an infant
•Using extreme or bizarre forms of punishment, such as confinement to a closet or dark room, tying to a chair for long periods of time, or terrorizing
•Yelling or screaming
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 emotional abuse or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.