The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has completed its investigation of neglect concerns at St. Mark’s Lutheran Home in Austin, Minnesota. A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that St. Mark’s Lutheran Home’s nursing staff transferred a resident in a manner not in accordance with the resident’s care plan, resulting in a fracture to the resident’s left humerous.
The Department investigated the matter and found that the resident had left-sided weakness as a result of a stroke. The resident’s care plan required that the resident be transferred by two staff with an EZ Stand. In May 2014, St. Mark’s Lutheran Home nursing staff attempted to transfer the resident from a wheelchair to the toilet using the EZ Stand, without the assistance of another staff. As a result, the resident fell to the floor, from a height of approximately two feet fracturing the left humerous. The resident experienced a significant change in condition as a result of the fall. The MDH determined that the care giver was responsible for neglect. [Case no. H5369056].
This is not the first investigation of St. Mark’s Lutheran Home by the MDH. In May 2011, the MDH substantiated allegations of neglect when St. Mark’s nursing staff failed to provide adequate supervision which resulted in a resident fall with injuries. [Case no. H5369049]
Medicare rates nursing homes, including this 61-bed nursing home facility. Medicare has assigned an overall rating to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home as a “below average” facility. In addition, Medicare has assigned an overall rating to St. Mark’s Lutheran Home as a “much below average” facility based on the government’s health inspections of the facility. Deficiencies cited by Medicare include St. Mark’s Lutheran Home’s failure to provide enough nurses to care for every resident and failure to provide care by qualified persons according to each resident’s written plan of care, among other failures.
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