The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Goldfinches Estate in Fairmont, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that neglect occurred when a patient of the facility excited the secure building unknown to staff and was found deceased outside facility. The department investigated the matter and found that neglect occurred when the resident was able to leave through a secured exit door and died of hypothermia due to cold exposure. The resident had a documented history of advanced dementia and had been identified as at risk for elopement. Unbeknownst to facility caregivers, the locked door intermittently unlocked itself, allowing anyone to exit through the door without the unlock code. The MDH determined that the assisted living facility is responsible for the neglect of the facility’s resident. (Case no. HL23692001)
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