This 99-bed nursing home received a “below average” for its Overall rating, according to Medicare’s 2012 annual nursing home report. The facility also received a “much below average” rating for its Health Inspection. Compared to the average number of health deficiencies for Minnesota nursing homes (6.8), Woodlyn Heights Healthcare Center was cited with 15 deficiencies. These include the facility’s:
- Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care;
- Failure to ensure that residents receive treatment and services that improve the ability to care for themselves;
- Failure to give residents proper treatment to prevent new bed (pressure) sores or heal existing bedsores;
- Provide care for residents in a way that keeps or builds each resident’s dignity and respect of individuality; and
- Failure to try and resolve each resident’s complaints quickly.
Medicare has also identified five incident-related complaints, some of which include the facility’s:
- Failure to make sure that the nursing home area is free from accident hazards and risks and that the facility provide supervision to prevent avoidable accidents;
- Failure to have enough nurses to care for every resident in a way that maximizes the resident’s well being; and
- Failure to ensure that the nurse aides show they have skills and techniques to be able to care for residents’ needs.
Additionally, Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated two claims of resident financial exploitation.
- On June of 2010, MDH substantiated a report of financial exploitation wherein a resident reported a $25 gift card and $12 cash missing from her personal belongings. A police report discovered that an employee of the facility was seen at Target® using the resident’s gift card. [Report no. H5320027]
- On April of 2012, MDH substantiated a report of financial exploitation wherein an employee of the facility diverted five doses of a resident’s narcotic pain medicine for her own personal use. A report conducted revealed that the offending employee had a background of narcotic theft. [Report no. H5320033]
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