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MDH Confirms Neglect Led to Resident Suicide at Robbinsdale Assisted Living Facility

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at the Copperfield Hill – The Lodge assisted living facility in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that a client was not adequately assessed prior to readmission from a detox center and once admitted his safety was not properly monitored. The facility was aware of the resident’s suicidal tendencies, yet he was able to obtain enough prescription narcotics and alcohol to commit suicide. The department investigated the matter and found that even after multiple admissions to the hospital for suicide attempts and drug abuse, the client was found unresponsive in his bed. He was later pronounced dead. A toxicology report stated that he died from “mixed drug toxicity” and had methadone, ethanol, hydromorphone, diazepam, and citalopram. The MDH determined that the facility is responsible for the neglect of the resident resulting in his death. (Case no. HL20297049)

This is not the first investigation of Copperfield Hill – the Lodge by the MDH. In July 2013, the MDH found that a resident was not receiving proper catheter care, skin monitoring, or fall prevention and monitoring in accordance with the resident’s care plan. (Case no. HL20297041) Again, in November 2011 a staff member pushed a resident attempting to leave the memory unity, resulting in the resident falling and fracturing her wrist. (Case no. HL20297036) Again, in February 2011, the MDH substantiated a report of neglect where a resident did not receive adequate care for her digestive issues. (Case no. HL20297033)

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