Posts Tagged ‘Financial Exploitation’


Edgewood Vista Hermantown Neglect Factured Nose – Abuse – Theft from Resident and Sexual Abuse

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 12th February 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Sexual Abuse | RSS Feed
Edgewood Hermantown Cited for Neglect after Client Falls and Suffers Fractured Nose
Edgewood Vista Hermantown Cited for Neglect after Client Falls and Suffers Fractured Nose

In a report from the MDH it is alleged that a client at Edgewood Vista Hermantown neglected a client when they fell out of bed. The facility transferred the client to the hospital where it was determined the client sustained a nasal fracture.

Edgewood Vista Client Suffered Broken Nose After Fall from Bed

Neglect was substantiated. The client had multiple falls, which resulted in injury. There was evidence that a failure on the part of the facility to consistently implement timely and appropriate fall interventions was contributing factor to the continuing falls.

Elder Care Physical Abuse by Staff

Sexual Abuse Elder Abuse, Edgewood Vista Hermantown

Edgewood Vista Hermantown Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on October 25, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Edgewood Vista Hermantown for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took rings valued at $1000.00 and other amounts of money from clients #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5 without permission.

A preponderance of evidence indicates that financial exploitation occurred when the AP took valuable items and money from several clients without their permission.  The AP confessed to police to theft from facility clients.  The AP was charged with felony theft.

Edgewood Vista Hermantown Complaint Findings for Sexual Abuse

In another report concluded on February 12, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Edgewood Vista Hermantown for sexual abuse.

It is alleged abuse occurred when a staff person/Alleged Perpetrator (AP) had sexual intercourse with a client.

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 sexual abuse, neglect of health care or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048 toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Spectrum Community Health Neglect After Fall and Exploitation Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 2nd February 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation, Inadequate Staffing/Training, Nursing Home Care Issues | RSS Feed

Recent MDH Substantiated Neglect at Spectrum Community Health for medication theft.

 

Financial Exploitation by Staff

Neglect Fall When Unsupervised in Bathrrom and Financial Exploitation by Staff at Spectrum Community Health Invergrove Heights Minnesota

Spectrum Community Health Complaint for Neglect Resulting in Femur Fracture

In a report dated November 20, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a client was neglected when s/he was unsupervised while in the bathroom and suffered and fall resulting in a femur fracture.

Based on a 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 client received services from the facility that included physical assistance with toileting, safety checks, and medication management.  The client’s service plan indicated to staff when to provide toileting assistance to the client and included that staff were to stay with the client while in the bathroom.

The day the client fell, the client had attended an activity and was walked back to his/her room by Employee A.  Employee A left the resident on the toilet and told Employee B to check on him/her.  The client attempted to self transfer and fell suffering a fracture injury to the right hip.

The client’s family was interviewed and stated that when the client was admitted to the facility, administrative staff ensured that the client’s serplan would indicate that the client would be supervised in the bathroom.  The client’s family stated that they were called when the resident had a fall and were told that the client was left alone in the bathroom.

Spectrum Community Health Inver Grove Heights Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on September 9, 2013, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Spectrum Community Health Inver Grove Heights  for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff person, alleged perpetrator (AP) made purchases totaling $1154.13 with a client’s credit card without permission.

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 fall injuries, financial exploitation 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.

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Maplewood Care Center Exploitation Substantiated

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 2nd February 2019 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed
Resident a Maplewood Care Center Suffers Right Ankle Fracture During Transfer

Maplewood Care Center Cited with Neglect when Resident Suffers Ankle Fracture

It is alleged in a report from the Minnesota Department of Health that a resident at Maplewood Care Center was neglected when the alleged perpetrator failed to follow the plan of care during a transfer and as a result the resident suffered a right ankle fracture.

Based on a preponderance of evidence neglect occurred when a nurse and the AP, on two separate occasions, transferred the resident without a standing lift, when the resident was assessed to need the device for the device for transfers. On one of the occasions, the resident broke his/her ankle which required surgery. The facility failed to ensure all staff were aware of the resident’s care plan interventions.

Financial Exploitation by Staff

Financial Exploitation by Staff, Maplewood Care Center Maplewood Minnesota

Maplewood Care Center Complaint Findings for Exploitation

In a report concluded on February 4, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Maplewood Care Center for exploitation by staff.

It is alleged that financial exploitation occurred when a staff/alleged perpetrator (AP) took a resident’s debit card and withdrew $100.00 without permission.

Substantiated Maplewood Care Center

According to stopfraud.gov, elder fraud is an act targeting older adults in which attempts are made to deceive with promises of goods, services, or financial benefits that do not exist, were never intended to be provided, or were misrepresented. Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of an older adult’s funds or property.

In addition to the resources listed below, please visit the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice website, which contains information for victims, their families, practitioners, law enforcement agencies and prosecutors and researchers.

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 fall injuries, financial exploitation 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.

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Knute Nelson Alexandria Neglect Heater Burns After Resident Falls from Bed

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 25th March 2017 | Category: Burn Injuries, Failure to Provide CPR, Failure to Resond to Change in Condition, Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Fall with Burns Knute Nelson

Resident at Knute Nelson Alexandria Suffers Third Degree Burns After Prolonged Exposure to Radiator - Radiator Burns

Resident at Knute Nelson Alexandria Suffers Third Degree Burns After Prolonged Exposure to Radiator – Radiator Burns – Baseboard Heater Burn Injuries

Resident Falls and Suffers Burns at Knute Nelson Alexandria

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated April 22, 2016, it was alleged that Knute Nelson Alexandria was neglected when s/he fell and was burned by the baseboard heater in the resident’s room.

Knute Nelson Alexandria – Baseboard Radiator Burn Injuries

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, neglect occurred when the facility failed to assess the risk for burns from a baseboard heater in the resident’s room.  The resident rolled out of bed, came in contact with the heater, and sustained first, second, and third degree burns to the left hip and right foot including the heel and great toe.

The resident’s diagnoses included peripheral neuropathy or decreased feeling to the lower extremities.  The resident was capable of making his/her needs known to staff but required the assistance from others for decision making.  Due to declining health, the resident was provided with hospice care.  At the time of the fall, the resident required extensive assistance from two staff and a walker for ambulation, two staff for repositioning, transfers, toilet use, and a wheelchair for mobility for longer distances.  The resident had a history of falls at the facility and care plan interventions included keeping the call light and commonly used items within the resident’s reach, reminding the resident of safety precautions, providing proper footwear, and staying with the resident in the bathroom with toileting.  At the time of the fall, the facility had implemented an alarm that alerted staff of the resident’s attempt at self-transfers.

Early one morning, staff entered the resident’s room responding to the silent alarm notification.  The resident was lying between the bed and the baseboard heater his/her left hip and foot in contact with the heater.  The left hip burn was not measured but determined to be first degree.  The burn to the right foot measured 17 centimeters (cm) by 5 cm with weeping blisters present on the right heel and great toe.  The burn was second degree.  There was a third degree burn to a small area of the right great toe that measured .25 cm by 3 cm.  The area was white with hard skin.  The resident had an order for morphine sulfate for moderate to severe pain and staff provided the medication.

An interview with a staff member established when s/he found the resident on the floor touching the baseboard heater, s/he placed her/his leg between the heater and the resident to protect him/her from the heat.  The staff said the baseboard heater was hot and it was difficult to keep her/his leg on the heater until help arrived.

At the time of the fall, the resident’s bed was positioned parallel to the electric baseboard heater with a nightstand between the bed and heater.  There was approximately 19.5 inches between the resident’s bed and the heater.  During an onsite visit, the surface of the baseboard heater taken with a laser infrared device was 130 degrees Fahrenheit.  There was no prior assessment of the burn risk to the resident from the baseboard heater located in the resident’s room.

At the time of the incident, the facility had no policy or system in place to monitor the surface temperature of the baseboard heater.   Of the five resident rooms with the same type of baseboard heater, none of the beds were positioned close to the heater.

The resident passed away two days after the incident.

The death certificate indicated the primary cause of death was pneumonia.

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Nursing Home Neglect Failure to Provide CPR

Nursing Home Neglect Failure to Provide CPR at Knute Nelson Alexandria Minnesota

Substantiated Complaint Against Knute Nelson Alexandria – Medication Theft

In a report concluded on February 8, 2016, the Minnesota Department of Health cites the facility for exploitation – drug diversion.

It is alleged that a resident was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), took the resident’s medications for his/her own use.  The AP confessed to facility management to taking the medications.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took two tablets of Percocet (a narcotic used to treat moderate to severe pain) that belongs to the resident for the AP’s own personal use.

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Knute Nelson Alexandria Complaint Findings for Neglect – No CPR

In a report concluded on June 4, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health cites Knute Nelson Alexandria for neglect of health care – failure to provide CPR.

It is alleged that neglect occurred when two licensed nurses did not initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) when a resident was found not breathing and pulseless.  The resident’s advanced directives indicated that resident wanted CPR to be started.

Based on a preponderance of the evidence neglect occurred, when nursing staff failed to initiate cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as directed by the resident’s signed resuscitation guideline form.

When MDH interviewed the physician/medical director stated that staff should have initiated CPR, called transferred the resident to the hospital.   The physician indicated that the facility policy directs staff to initiate CPR (unless designated as do not resuscitate/do not intubate) as the signs of death as difficult to gauge and are open to personal interpretation.

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 failure to provide CPR, burn injuries or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Elder Abuse and Neglect Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Theft of Funds from Client at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena Minnesota

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 19th March 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

Substantiated Financial Exploitation Complaint Against Fair Oaks Lodge

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, Dated March 1, 2017, it is alleged that a client at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena Minnesota was financially exploited when the Alleged Perpetrator (AP) took three checks from the resident’s checkbook.

Fair Oaks Lodge Cited After Theft From Client

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took three checks from the resident without the permission and used two of the checks to make purchases.

A resident told a facility staff member that a check appeared on the resident’s bank statement that the resident did not write.  The check was written at a store for $99.91   The administrator was notified of the fraudulent check and notified the police.

From the resident’s bank statement, the police were able to identify the store where the check was used and contacted the store.  The AP was identified on video surveillance in the store.  The police further identified that the resident had two additional checks taken.

The AP was interviewed and admitted to taking three checks from the resident.  The AP used two of the checks to make purchases.  One check was used for purchases in the amount of $99.91.  The second check was in the amount of $45.00.  The AP stated s/he did not use the third check and threw it away in the garbage.

The police forwarded the case to the prosecuting attorney to be reviewed for potential charges.  The facility terminated the AP.

Report Suspected Financial Exploitation – Fair Oaks Lodge

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Lifesprk LLC Cited by the MDH With Financial Exploitation

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 28th February 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation, Medication Administration Mistakes, Medication Drug Error | RSS Feed

In a report from the MDH Lifesprk cited with neglect after a failure to follow a resident’s care plan – failure to respond to change in condition after fall with injuries.

Medication Theft Drug Diversion From Lifesprk LLC Edina

Medication Theft Drug Diversion From Client at Lifesprk LLC Edina

Lifesprk LLC – Financially Exploitation Drug Diversion

In a report dated January 9, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health, it was alleged that a client at Lifesprk LLC Edina was financially exploited when s/he had approximately 50-56 pills missing.

Lifesprk LLC Medication Theft Drug Diversion

Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when an unknown staff member took 50-56 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP-5/325 milligrams (mg) from the client.

The client received home care services with medication management according to a service agreement and care plan.  The client had a physician’s order for hydrocodone/APAP – 5/325 milligrams (mg) two tablets twice a day, morning and evening.  The pharmacy provided the medication as two cards, one labeled morning and another labeled evening.  Each contained 60 tablets.

Obervations and interviews with staff conducted during the on-site investigation revealed clients that receive medication management had their medications stored in a locked cabinet in their rooms.  In that locked cabinet were two locked tool boxes.  One tool box contained a one-month supply of client medications, both scheduled and as-needed, in blister packages.  Unlicensed staff have access to the locked cabinet and this first toolbox.  Unlicensed staff document medication administration by signing both the medication administration administration record (MAR) and the blister pack when they administer a medication.  The second tool box contains surplus medications and is only accessible by licensed staff.  Staff indicated that for both boxes, licensed staff only periodically account for the medications.

Interviews with staff revealed a nurse discovered the client’s evening card of hydrocodone/APAP was missing when the nurse when to destroy the medication after the client’s discharge from the facility.  Staff said they suspected 50-56 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP-5/325 (mg) belongs to the client were taken by a staff member.  The facility was unable to determine an alleged perpetrator, and was unable to determine exactly how many tablets were missing or when the tablets went missing.  However, the facility determined that staff members were not following facility policy and procedures regarding medication management.

Observations and document review confirmed that the facility was unable to account for one medication card, which should have contained over 50 tablets of hydrocodone/APAP.  However, because the medication supply was not being regularly counted, and because the narcotics count sheets which were present contained other errors in the quantity of tablets, it was not possible to determine when the card went missing.

Law enforcement also conducted an investigation, but were unable to determine who might have taken the medications.  The police closed the investigation.

Lifesprk LLC – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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 any form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Theft of Resident's Credit Cards at Lifesprk LLC in Edina Minnesota

Theft of Resident’s Credit Cards at Lifesprk LLC in Edina Minnesota

Credit Card Theft From Resident at Lifesprk LLC

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated April 26, 2016, it is alleged that a client at Lifesprk LLC was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) used the client’s credit cards for his/her own personal use.

Lifesprk LLC Cited After Theft of Credit Cards

Based on a preponderance of evidence of the evidence financial exploitation did occur when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took two of the client’s credit cards and made several purchases at seven different locations on separate days without the client’s permission totaling $1765.49.

The client received services from the home care provider for medication administration, escorts, activities of daily living, housekeeping, laundry, meals, and transfer assistance.  The client was not alert to person, place or time and did not have the ability to leave the facility.

Interviews with staff revealed the comprehensive home care provider was notified by the client’s family of fraudulent charges on the client’s credit cards and noted two of the credit cards were missing from the client’s wallet.  The comprehensive home care provider interviewed all staff members and provided care for the client and all staff denied taking the client’s credit cards.  The AP did not show up for the interview with the comprehensive home care provider and the AP provided regular services to the client.  The comprehensive home care provider notified the police of the missing credit cards and the fraudulent charges.

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 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.

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Full Circle Senior Living Theft From Dozens of Clients

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 26th February 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Financial Exploitation of 25 of 26 Resident Reviewed at Full Circle Senior Living in Duluth

Financial Exploitation of 25 of 26 Resident Reviewed at Full Circle Senior Living in Duluth

Full Circle Senior Living Theft From 25 Clients

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated January 3, 2017, it was alleged that a client Full Circle Senior Living in Duluth was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the clients’ money.

Full Circle Senior Living Financial Exploitation of 25 Clients

Based on the report, Full Circle Senior Living was investigated an it was determined based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when 25 of 26 clients reviewed were financially exploited by the alleged perpetrator (AP) when s/he took the client’s money.

All the clients received comprehensive home care services from the provider.

Inteview with the nurse revealed the provider received complaints from all 26 clients of missing money, beginning in January 2016 and ending June 2016.  The provider notified the police each time, along with the Office of Health Facility Complaints.  The nurse indicated s/he worked with the police investigating each incident but s/he and the police were unable to determine who the AP was.  The nurse said s/he and the police obtained permission from a client to install a hidden camera in the client’s room in June 2016, and planted $120.00 cash in a card in the client’s room, in view of the camera.  The nurse said s/he observed the AP on camera take $120 from the card and place the money in his/her pocket.  The nurse called the police.  The facility eventually installed surveillance cameras throughout the facility but they were not fully operational until August 2016.

Document review of a police report revealed police responded to the facility after the nurse caught the AP on camera taking the planted money from the card in the client’s room.  Police interviewed the AP, and the AP admitted to taking money from four clients, in addition to the planted money.  The police issued a citation to the AP for misdemeanor theft.

The report continues that: document review, interviews with staff, interviews with clients, and communication with police revealed the client losses totaled $3018.00 between January and June 2016.  Document review, interviews with staff, interviews with clients, and interviews with police revealed the AP worked at the facility during the loss time frame for 25 or 26 clients and was the primary suspect for each of the thefts that occurred between January and June 2016.

Full Circle Senior Living – Report Suspected Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Accra Home Health Duluth Theft

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 26th February 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation | RSS Feed

Theft by a Vulnerable Adult - Accra Home Health Duluth - Financial Exploitation

Theft from a Vulnerable Adult – Accra Home Health Duluth – Financial Exploitation

Accra Home Health Duluth Abuse Theft From Client

In a report dated, February 2, 2017, the Minnesota Department of Health alleged that a client at Accra Home Health Duluth was financially when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took an envelope full of money out of the client’s walker.

Accra Home Health Duluth Substantiated Theft By Staff

Based on a preponderance of the evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the AP took an envelope containing the client’s money, without the client’s knowledge.

The home health agency provided homemaking services, including transportation for the client to shop.  The client managed his/her own finances and used a walker to assist with ambulation.

During and interview, the client established the day of the money was the first time the AP provided services for the client.  The AP drove the client to a local drug store.  The client had an envelope that contained cash to pay for his/her purchases – which totaled about $27.00 – leaving an unknown amount of money in the envelope.  The client placed the envelope in a bag attached to the walker.   The assisted the client into his/her apartment leaving the walker in the hallway.  The AP left, the client remembered the envelope with the cash in the bag attached to the walker.   The client checked the bag and the envelope was gone.  The client called the drug store and the stores security tape the client putting the envelope attached to the walker.  The client contacted the care taker of the apartment building.  A camera located in the hallway pointed towards the client’s apartment captured the AP removing the envelope from the bag and placing the envelope in the AP’s coat pocket.   The client contacted the local police who investigated the allegation.  The client said the police returned the envelope after the AP returned the envelope to the home health agency.  The envelope contained $53.00.

During an interview, a manager of the agency established s/he was notified by the police of the alleged financial exploitation.  The AP contacted the home health agency after the AP had been contacted by the police.  The AP said she discovered the envelope in the backseat of his/her car the following day, and the envelope must have falled out of the client’s bag attached to the walker.  Management staff told the AP video from the client’s hallway showed the AP removing the envelope from the client’s walker and placing the envelope in his/her coat pocket.  The AP brought a sealed envelope to the home health agency indicating it contained the client’s money.  The agency returned the money to police without opening the envelope.

During an interview, the AP denied taking the money from the client, stating the envelope must have fallen out of the bag attached to the client’s walker during the drive.  The client sat in the passenger side of the car and the AP placed the walker in the backseat behind the client.  The AP said she found the envelope the following day after being contacted by the police.  The AP said s/he was checking on the client’s shoes when s/he touched the bag in the hallway.  The AP denied taking the envelope with the money.

A police report established the AP removed the client’s white envelope from the bag and put that envelope in the AP’s coat pocket.

Accra Home Health Duluth – Report Abuse and Neglect

Click Here For Link To Report Abuse To Adult Protection

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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 financial exploitation or any other form of elder abuse or neglect contact Minnesota Elder Abuse Attorney Kenneth LaBore toll free at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

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Augustana HCC of Apple Valley Allegations of Neglect After Resident Fall From Lift

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 7th February 2017 | Category: Fall Injuries, Financial Exploitation, Hoyer Lift, Patient Lift | RSS Feed

 

Fall from Patient Lift Leads to Femur Fracture at Augustana Healthcare Center of Apple Valley

Fall from Patient Lift Leads to Femur Fracture at Augustana Healthcare Center of Apple Valley

Resident at Augustana HCC Apple Valley Suffers Fractured Femur After Fall From Lift

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Health, dated January 17, 2017, it is alleged that a client at Augustana HCC of Apple Valley was neglected when the facility staff failed to safely transfer a resident using a lift.  The resident had a fall and was hospitalized with a right femur fracture.

Substantiated Neglect Against Augustana HCC Apple Valley After Fall

Based on the preponderance of evidence, neglect occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) incorrectly transferred the resident using a standing lift.  The resident fell, sustained a right femur fracture and required surgery.

The resident was cognitively intact and able to direct his/her own cares.  The resident’s care plan directed staff to transfer the resident with a standing lift and the assistance of one staff.  Manufacturer’s instruction for the standing lift indicated leg straps were to be used for resident safety with the standing lift.

Approximately two months prior to the fall, a physical therapist evaluated the resident, because the resident was refusing the use the abdominal harness of the standing lift due to difficulty breathing.  The physical therapist educated the resident that all the buckles, abdominal and leg, were to be strapped when using the standing lift and the resident agreed.  During the interviews, three staff members indicated the resident refused the leg straps and told staff s/he could stand better without using the leg straps.  However, if staff members were firm and told the resident leg straps were required during the transfer, the resident would comply.  The facility policy on the standing lift equipment indicated to keep the residents feet on the footplate and secure the shin straps around the resident’s leg and calf area.

The AP was interviewed.  On the morning of the fall, the resident put on the call light to use the toilet.  The AP entered the resident’s room and placed the resident on the standing lift.  The resident refused the leg straps.  The AP told the resident the leg straps needed to be applied for safety, but the resident still refused the leg straps.  The AP requested assistance from a nurse.

After five minutes, the resident’s need to use the toilet was urgent and there was no response to the call for assistance.  The AP transferred the resident to the toilet.  After toileting, during the transfer from the standing lift to the wheelchair, the resident’s foot slipped off the platform.  The resident slipped down in the lift approximately one foot off the floor and was lowered to the floor.

The resident had pain in his/her right hip and requested an X-ray revealed an incomplete fracture of the mid-right femur.  The resident has hospitalized and had hip surgery, which was complicated by acute respiratory failure related to his/her chronic respiratory difficulties.  The resident returned to the facility thirteen days later, but was readmitted to the hospital that same day for respiratory distress.  The resident returned to the facility four days later on hospice care and died the next day.

The resident’s primary physician was interviewed and explained that the anesthesia from the surgery worsened the resident’s already chronic respiratory conditions.

The death certificate indicated the resident died eighteen days after the fall.  The immediate cause of death was listed as complications related to immobility due to the right hip fracture from the fall.

If you have questions about falls from patient lifts or other types of elder abuse call Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.

 

Augustana HCC of Apple Valley Financial Exploitation

Augustana HCC of Apple Valley Financial Exploitation By Staff Member

Investigation of Financial Exploitation at Augustana HCC of Apple Valley

According to a report dated November 20, 2015, Augustana HCC of Apple Valley had an allegation that a resident was financially exploited when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP) made multiple unauthorized charges to resident’s credit card.

Substantiated  Exploitation by Staff at Augustana HCC of Apple Valley

Based on a preponderance of evidence financial exploitation occurred, when the alleged perpetrator (AP) took the resident’s credit card, used it to make purchases for his/her own personal use and without the resident’s permission or knowledge.

The resident was admitted to the facility for short term rehabilitation after hospitalization.  Review of the resident’s record indicated that the resident was moderately impaired in her/her cognition but was able to make his/her daily decisions and needs known.

Document review and interviews revealed that a police officer reported to the facility staff that the resident had unauthorized charges that were made on her/his credit card while the resident  at the facility.  Through their investigation the police were able to determine that the unauthorized charges were made over a three day period between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. in Walmart, Cub Foods, and a Shell gas station, all stores located in the Apple Valley area.  The video surveillance footage provided by Walmart store showed an individual wearing scrubs using the resident’s credit card to make purchases on one of three different occasions that the resident’s credit card was used in Walmart.  The police showed the facility staff the video and facility staff positively identified the individual in the video as AP.

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 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.

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Everyday Living Cited with Neglect

Written By: Kenneth LaBore | Published On: 2nd February 2017 | Category: Financial Exploitation, Home Health Care | RSS Feed

Financial Exploitation of Client at Everyday Living When Theft of Gift Card

Financial Exploitation of Client at Everyday Living When Theft of Gift Card

Everyday Living Alleged Exploitation by Staff

In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health dated, November 23, 2016, it was alleged that a client at Everyday Living in South Saint Paul, was financially exploited when the alleged perpetrator (AP) stole the client’s gift and used it for her own personal use.

Everyday Living Substantiated Theft of Client Gift Cards

Based on a preponderance of evidence, financial exploitation occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) used the client’s gift care without permission.

The client received comprehensive home care services from the provider according to a service agreement and care plan.

The client was interviewed and said s/he noticed a gift card s/he recently received from a family member was missing.  The client called the family member.  The family member called the store where the gift card was issued, and learned the gift card had recently been used at the store.  The client and a facility staff member went to the store to see if they could determine who had used the gift card.  The client described the AP to an employee at the store, showed the employee a picture of the AP, and the employee identified the AP, as the person who used the client’s gift card.  The client said s/he did not give or sell the gift card to the AP.

The family member was interviewed and said s/he recently gave the client a gift card to an area store.  The client called and said the gift card was missing, so the family member called the store to see if the gift card had been spent.    The family member learned from the store the gift card had been spent recently, and s/he called the client and told the client to get the police involved.

Interview with a staff member revealed the client recently received a gift card from a family member.  The next day the client told him/her s/he was missing the gift card.  The staff member said the client called the family member and learned the gift card had recently been spent at the store where the gift card was issued.  The staff member and the client went to the store.  The client described the AP to an employee at the store, showed the employee a picture of the AP, and employee identified the AP as the person who used the client’s gift card.

The police were contacted by the client.  The police investigation was forwarded to the city attorney for formal charges against the AP.

The AP was interviewed, and admitted she used the client’s gift card at the store for his/her own personal use.

For more information about how to get accountability for elder abuse and neglect related injuries call Kenneth LaBore for a free consultation at his direct number at 612-743-9048 or toll free at 1-888-452-6589 or by email at KLaBore@MNnursinghomeneglect.com.  There is no fee unless a there is a verdict or settlement offer from the wrongdoer.

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