The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of financial exploitation concerns at the Crystal Seasons Living Community in Lake Crystal, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the MDH alleging that financial exploitation occurred when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) took seven of a client’s narcotic Vicodin tablets for personal use and replaced them with over the counter medication (Acetaminophen). The Department investigated the matter and found that the facility had a policy in place to count narcotic medications in the facility at the change of every shift.
The LPN was interviewed and admitted to entering the client’s apartment during the LPN’s work shift, took seven Vicodin tablets from the clients prescribed medication and replaced the seven Vicodin tablets with Acetaminophen tablets. The LPN’s employment was terminated from the facility. The MDH determined that the caregiver is responsible for financial exploitation of the facility’s resident. [Case no. HL26192001]
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