Welcome Home Health Care – Failure to Provide Medication
In a report dated, January 21, 2016, Welcome Home Health Care it is alleged that a client was neglected when the facility stopped the client’s medication for one week and then restarted the client on it without the physician’s order and the client subsequently became unconscious and was hospitalized.
Substantiated Complaint of Neglect Due to Medication Errors at Welcome Health Health Care
Based on a preponderance of evidence neglect occurred when the client’s medication (Propranolol, a Beta Blocker), was not discontinued as ordered by the physician. The medication continued to be given, in error, and the client experienced a syncopal (fainting) episode requiring treatment at a local hospital.
The client’s was admitted to the agency in 2010. The client’s medications were to be administered by the facility staff as ordered by the physician per the schedule. The client’s physician order dated 11/15/04 revealed “1) Hold Propranolol – Patients can have rebound tachycardia when stopping Beta Blockers – Observe for this. If any problems, let me know. If no problems in one week can discontinue.” The client’s Medication Administration Record revealed facility staff administered Propranolol ER 80 mg 1 tablet daily to the client from November 14-30, 2014; all days in December, 2014; and January 1-14, 2015.
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Substantiated Complaint of Sexual Abuse Against Welcome Home Health Care
In a report which was dated June 27, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health cited Welcome Home Health Care, Inc. for allegation that client #1 was abused when a staff, alleged perpetrator (AP), was touching the client inappropriately. In addition, the AP touched clients #2 and #3 inappropriately. This bee reported to the facility on two occasions and no action has been taken.
Based on a preponderance of the evidence abuse occurred when the alleged perpetrator (AP) touched clients #1, #2, and #3 (C-1, C-2 and C-3) inappropriately. Two staff members witnessed the inappropriate touch. Evidence revealed administrative nursing staff was aware of one of the abuse allegations (related to C-3) and failed to thoroughly investigate, protect clients or report the allegations as required.
Contact with Law Enforcement revealed the case was investigated and being referred for charges.
If you have concerns about sexual abuse, 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.