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Malnutrition / Dehydration

Mahnomen Health Center employee repeatedly stole patients’ narcotic medication

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 17, 2014

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of narcotic diversion concerns at the Mahnomen Health Center in Mahnomen, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that the nursing home’s staff diverted narcotic medications from residents. The staff member documented controlled substances given to nine residents on shifts when the staff member was not even working. The Department investigated the matter and found that the staff member had diverted the narcotic medication (hydrocodone) that belonged to eight… Read More →

Nursing home breaks resident’s leg

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

September 14, 2014

This summer in Connecticut was filled with fines for state nursing homes, as seven were cited by the Department of Public Health for instances involving medical errors. Some of the instances involved a patient being burned or breaking a leg, according to the New Haven Register.  Cited nursing homes included operations in Kent, Sharon, North Branford, Westport, Greenwich, Danielson and New Britain. The incidents in question all took place last year, like when two aides stood a resident up instead… Read More →

Yet Another Finding of Neglect at the Red Wing Health Center

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

July 19, 2013

On January 3, 2011 the Minnesota Department of Health revised an investigative report on a substantiated claim of neglect on the part of Red Wing Health Center.  [Report no H5223045] The neglect occurred when the facility failed to respond to one of its resident’s decline in health.  From the middle of June 2010 to the time the resident was hospitalized on July 10th, the Red Wing Health Center staff collected and documented information pertaining to the resident’s decline in health.… Read More →

Details about the Crest View Lutheran Home Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 23, 2013

This 122-bed nursing home has received below average” ratingsfor both its Overall and Quality Measure Rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual report on nursing home facilities. Additionally, the facility received a “much below average” for its Health Inspection rating. Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.7), Crest View Lutheran Home was cited with 22 health deficiencies. These include the facility’s: Failure to protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and involuntary separation from… Read More →

Details about Extendicare’s Rose of Sharon Manor Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 63-bed nursing home has received a “below average” for both its Staffing and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual nursing home report. Between April 2010 and August 2012, this nursing home was cited with 15 health deficiencies. These include Rose of Sharon Manor’s: Failure to allow the resident the right to participate in the planning or revision of the resident’s care plan; Failure to immediately tell the resident, the resident’s doctor, and a family member of the… Read More →

Details about Extendicare’s Health & Rehabilitation of New Brighton Nursing Home in Minnesota

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

May 2, 2013

This 100-bed nursing home has received a “below average” for both its Overall and Quality Measure ratings, according to Medicare’s annual 2012 report. Additionally, the government deemed its Health Inspection Rating to be “much below average.” Compared to the average number of Minnesota nursing home health deficiencies (6.8), this facility received 17 deficiencies. These include Health & Rehabilitation of New Brighton’s: Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents, or to report and… Read More →

Hopkins, Minnesota Golden LivingCenter Ignores Resident’s 40-Pound Weight Loss

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

February 13, 2013

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completed an investigation of neglect concerns at the Golden LivingCenter in Hopkins, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that facility staff failed to provide the resident with adequate care to meet his fluid and nutrition needs and failed to monitor his 30 pound weight loss over a two month period. The resident was at risk of dehydration and weight loss and lost nearly 40 pounds in less than two months. He… Read More →

Jury Orders Nursing Home to pay $1.8M Due to Neglect

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

December 4, 2012

Jurors ordered Lake Worth Manor to pay nearly $1.8 million in damages to Mr. Dahmer’s estate. The nursing home’s corporate owner is Lake Worth Enterprises, LLC.  The local newspaper, SunSentinal, reports that the resident was admitted to the nursing home with a diagnosis of end-stage senile dementia. Within 63 days, he had lost 32 pounds and the ability to walk or talk and developed painful decubitis ulcers on his heels and tailbone that became infected and caused his death.  The… Read More →

Duluth Nursing Home Neglects its Resident – Dehydration

By Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm

August 8, 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health has determined that the Benedictine Health Center in Duluth is responsible for neglecting a resident.  The Department investigated an allegation that a resident of the facility had not been assessed and treated in a timely manner when the resident became less responsive, would not eat or drink and had diarrhea. The resident was sent to the hospital and admitted with dehydration and possible infection.  The resident died at the hospital two days later. The Department found that at least… Read More →