St Cloud Carefree Living Cited with Neglect After Resident Falls and Fractures Femur When Left in Bathroom Without Supervision
In a report concluded on November 20, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites St Cloud Carefree Living it is alleged that a client was neglected when s/he was left unsupervised while in the bathroom and suffered a fall resulting in a femur fracture.
St Cloud Carefree Living MDH Findings
Based on the preponderance of evidence, neglect occurred when the client’s care plan was not followed, the client was left unattended in the bathroom and fell and sustained a fracture of the right hip.
The day the client fell, the client had attended an activity and was walked back to his/her room by Employee A. Employee A supervised the client as s/he went into the bathroom and ensured that the client was seated on the toilet. Employee A left the client’s bathroom and told Employee B that the client was in the bathroom. Employee B went to the client’s bathroom and told the client to call for assistance when needed. Employee B then left the client’s bathroom. The client’s phone rang while s/he was in the bathroom and the client was found on the floor in the bedroom by staff shortly after Employee B left the bathroom. Initially, the client had no complaints of pain, however 3-45 minutes later the client had severe pain and was transferred via ambulance to the hospital and admitted. Hospital records indicated that the resident was diagnosed with a fracture of the right hip.
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If you have concerns about falls or fall injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore directly at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.