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Medicare rates nursing homes, including this 55-bed nursing home facility.  Medicare has assigned an overall rating to the Faribault Care Center as a “much below average” facility.  In addition, Medicare has assigned a “much below average” rating to the nursing home based on the government’s health inspections of the facility.

In its recent inspection in February 2013, Faribault Care Center was cited with 16 health deficiencies (compared to the state average of 6.2). These include the facility’s:

  • Failure to hire only people with no legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents; or report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.
  • Failure to develop policies that prevent mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of residents or theft of resident property.
  • Failure to make sure services provided by the nursing facility meet professional standards of quality.
  • Failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care.
  • Failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident.
  • Failure to assist those residents who need total help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene.
  • Failure to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident’s needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured.
  • Failure to make sure that each resident’s drug regimen is free from unnecessary drugs and that each resident’s entire drug/medication is managed and monitored to achieve highest well being.
  • Failure to keep accurate, complete and organized clinical records on each resident that meet professional standards.

In addition, the Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated several instances of nursing home neglect and abuse, including the following:

  • Faribault Care Center improperly discharged the resident.  The facility failed to have a post-discharge plan for the administration of the resident’s medication and the facility had not determined a competent means for administration of the resident’s insulin. It was necessary to involve the police to locate the resident.  The resident was located 60 miles from the nursing home. Emergency placement was required for the resident’s safety and well-being. [H5097057]
  • Faribault Care Center’s nurse diverted narcotic pain medication from a resident for her own use, but documented that she had administered the narcotic medication to the resident. [H5097056]
  • Although the resident’s care plan required two assistants to transfer him, Faribault Care Center’s nursing aide repeatedly chose to transfer the resident alone. The resident lost his balance and fell to the floor.  His ribs were fractured. [H5097045]
  • Faribault Care Center failed to have adequate supervision for a resident who frequently attempted to elope from the building.  The resident was found walking on a road away from the nursing home.  The nursing home staff was not aware that the resident had left the facility. [H5097043]

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 neglect or abuse in a nursing home, 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.