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Berkshire ResidenceWandering & Elopement

Details about the Berkshire Residence Nursing Home in Minnesota

This 115-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Overall rating, according to Medicare’s 2013 report. The facility was also given a “much below average” for its Staffing rating. The facility was cited with several health deficiencies, including the facility’s:

  • Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain or improve the highest well being of each resident;
  • Failure to develop policies and procedures for influenza and pneumococcal immunizations;
  • Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way; and
  • Failure to ensure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent avoidable accidents.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated a report of neglect for the failure to provide adequate supervision, which led to a resident wandering two blocks away from the facility before she was found. The resident was identified as being at-risk for wandering, and wore an alert bracelet to notify caretakers when she wandered outside of her care-zone. When her alarm sounded for a second time on September 30, 2011, none of the staff immediately responded. She was later found in a nearby neighborhood. [Report no. HE117024]

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due to a nursing home’s failures, 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.