Sunset Homes Assisted Living Rochester Complaint Findings for Neglect – Supervision
In a report concluded on January 23, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Sunset Homes Assisted Living Rochester for neglect of supervision – wandering/elopement.
It is alleged that a client was neglected when staff failed to adequately supervise the client. The client went missing for 3 1/2 hours and was found in a wooded area.
Sunset Homes Substantiated Neglect Failure to Supervise
The preponderance of evidence established that neglect of supervision occurred when the facility failed to provide the client with supervision and the client wandered from the facility unsupervised three times over an approximate six-week period of time.
The client had dementia and a history of wandering behaviors at the facility the client resided at prior to admission. The client’s care plan indicated that the client may wander and staff were to check on the client hourly.
Three days after the client was admitted to the facility, the client left the facility and was approximately 30 minutes later, by a family member, walking a half mile away from the facility, on a rural gravel road that leads to the facility, unsupervised. Staff indicated after the incident, they were instructed by the administrator to continue to monitor the client for wandering behaviors and intervene to keep the client safe.
Approximately six weeks after the client was admitted to the facility, the client left the facility when staff were providing cares to other clients. The client was found in the nearby woods approximately 2 hours later. The client walked away from the facility through two unlocked service door to the garage. Staff noticed the client’s cane by the service door and noted the client was missing after a search of the building. The police were notified by the family of the client to assist in the search. The family discharged the client from the facility. No injuries to the client were reported.
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 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.