The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Traditions of Owatonna II assisted living facility in Owatonna, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that the resident lost 60 pounds within approximately six months, was not receiving the correct medications, and did not receive incontinence care in a timely manner. In addition, the resident had injuries that were not explained.
The Department investigated the matter and found that neglect occurred when the resident experienced significant unplanned weight loss and the facility did not implement necessary interventions to address the weight loss. The facility’s nurse could not provide a reason for not assessing the resident’s weight loss. According to the MDH, medication intervention and treatment were delayed as a result of the Traditions of Owatonna II’s neglect.
In addition, the MDH found that the resident experienced multiple injuries of unknown cause, including facial bruising, and the exact cause of these injuries could not be determined. Additionally, it could not be determined whether the facility provided the patient with appropriate medication or toileting services.
The MDH determined that the Traditions of Owatonna II assisted living facility is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident. [Case no. HL2542009]
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