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Resident-to-Resident Assault in Minnesota Nursing Homes

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) completed its investigations of neglect concerns at two area nursing homes: North Ridge Care Center in New Hope and Bywood East Health Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Two separate complaints were filed with the MDH alleging that the facilities failed to adequately supervise residents with histories of aggressive and harassing behaviors.

The MDH investigated the matter at North Ridge Care Center and found that although the resident had a well-documented history of violent behavior, the facility failed to adequately implement interventions to protect other residents. As a result, another resident in the facility suffered emotional and physical injuries – including multiple bruises, abrasions and lacerations – when the aggressive resident entered her room and hit her. The MDH investigated the matter at Bywood East Health Care and found that staff failed to report a resident’s reports of ongoing and unwelcome sexual contact by another resident. After the resident reported this unwelcome sexual contact, staff failed to document any response or interventions for fourteen days. The MDH determined that the nursing homes were responsible for neglect of their residents.  [Case nos. H5183084 and HE185024]

Medicare rates nursing homes, including Bywood East Health Care, a 100-bed nursing home facility.  Medicare has assigned an overall rating to Bywood East as a “below average” facility.  According to Medicare Bywood East is “much below average” as it relates to health inspections and below average for staffing ratios. In its last standard health inspection, Bywood Health received an above average number of health deficiencies (12 compared to a state average of 6.9).

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.