MDH Cites Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge after Placing Resident in Situation Considered a Restraint – No Access to Call Light
In a report from the Minnesota Department of Health it is alleged that a client at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge in West St. Paul was neglected the alleged perpetrator placed the client’s call button out of reach; unplugged the reclining chair, leaving it reclined; and shut the door. The client was fearful and calling out for help.
Failure to Monitor Client at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge Leads to Finding of Neglect
Neglect was substantiated. The facility was responsible for the maltreatment. While attempting to follow the client’s care plan, the alleged perpetrator (AP) unreasonably confined the client when she left the client lying flat in an electric recliner, unplugged it from the wall, and removed the client’s call light. The client was unable to reposition himself or press his call light for staff’s assistance. The client became panicked and screamed for help.
Walker Methodist Westwood Ridge Cited by MDH for Medication Error
In a report from the MDH, a client at Walker Methodist Westwood Ridges was cited with neglect. The alleged perpetrator was responsible for the maltreatment. The was a preponderance of the evidence that the medication error occurred due to a failure by the alleged perpetrator (AP) to follow facility policy and procedure, on which the facility had adequately trained. The client required emergency medical care.
The state of Minnesota has several resources for residents and providers, including resident bill of rights for nursing homes, bill of rights for hospice, information for assisted living facilities and supervised living facilities.
If you are interested in viewing facility and provider complaint and survey findings they are available on the MDH website. You can also use the MDH website to verify a facility license or professional credentials. There is also a link to check the Nursing Assistant Registry.
The MDH website also includes information that is meant for providers but is very helpful for caregivers and residents as well. There are nursing home training videos, nursing assistant training information, and information on the Case Mix Review, and federal nursing home regulation resources.
For a Free Consultation with an experienced elder abuse and neglect attorney call Kenneth LaBore at 612-743-9048.
A common form of neglect in elder care facilities involves medication management and administration. Most forms of elder abuse are preventable with proper care and supervision.
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