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Good Samaritan Society’s Neglect Injures Nursing Home Resident

The Minnesota Department of Health has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Westbrook, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a resident had been injured by the facility’s staff while being transferred.

The Department investigated the matter and found that the nursing home’s employees failed to use a required safety belt while transferring the resident from the bathtub room to her room.  The resident was propelled forward out of the transfer device when the employees tried to cross a doorway threshold.  The resident suffered a lower leg fracture and she struck her head on the door frame.

The Department determined that the Good Samaritan Society nursing home is responsible for neglect of the resident because the facility failed to train the nursing assistants according to manufacturer’s instructions to ensure safety of residents.  [Case no. H5595005]  This 40-bed nursing home has  received a “below average” rating by Medicare based on the government’s health inspections of the facility.  Deficiencies cited by Medicare include Good Samaritan Society’s failure to make sure services provided by the nursing home meet professional standards of quality and failure to provide care by qualified persons, among other failures.

If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s neglect, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.