Evidence of abuse found in Northland nursing homesSpecial investigators substantiated one case of neglect and another case of abuse in Northland nursing homes.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Special investigators substantiated one case of neglect and another case of abuse in Northland nursing homes.
A third area nursing home is disputing a neglect finding.
All three complaint investigations were posted on Tuesday on the Minnesota Department of Health’s website.
Another employee later found the resident on the floor with a broken leg and wrist, Hogenson’s report said.
The employee had been disciplined before for violations, and she was fired after this incident, the report said. The resident is “doing better now” but “the accident took a lot out of her,” according to her primary caregiver.
No sanctions were applied against the care center. The care center did take corrective action, the report said, including retraining employees on call-light accessibility and conducting an audit of its call lights.
Tim Meyer, the nursing home’s administrator, said the incident occurred in November.
“Sometimes mistakes are made and when they are we need to thoroughly investigate them, which we did,” he said.
Although it was unfortunate that an employee had to lose her job, “we’re never going to compromise with residents’ safety,” Meyer said.
The report, also by Hogenson, was dated June 20 of last year.
The resident had been spitting at, kicking and hitting three staff members who were attempting to give her a shower, the report said. One of the employees said that when the resident spit in the nursing assistant’s face, the nursing assistant spit back, slapped the resident and the mouth and “told her to stop acting like a 2-year-old.”
The nursing assistant denied that account, saying she only put a washcloth on the resident’s mouth to keep her from spitting. But the third employee verified the behavior.
The nursing assistant was suspended and eventually fired, the report said.
The health department required Chris Jensen to take corrective action, including updating the resident’s care plan to include her right to refuse a shower.
A request for comment to the rehab center wasn’t returned on Tuesday.
Hogenson’s report on the incident was dated March 13.
Her report said neglect was substantiated because unlicensed employees failed to notify the registered nurse that the resident was experiencing symptoms of urinary tract infection and the staff did not adequately monitor the resident’s blood-sugar levels.
The client has since returned to a new, cleaner room and is happy with it, the report said.
Administrators at Hillcrest Terrace didn’t return a request for comment.