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Minnesota Department of Health Cites Presbyterian Homes for Neglecting its Resident

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has posted its investigation of neglect concerns at Presbyterian Homes nursing home in Bloomington, Minnesota.  A complaint was filed with the Department alleging that the resident was not adequately monitored and her call light was not answered timely when the resident was short of breath, anxious, and had been given extra diuretic medication for a weight gain in two days. The resident was later found unresponsive and not breathing and attempts to resuscitate her were not successful.

The Department investigated the matter and found that Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington failed to ensure that its staff consistently monitored and documented the resident’s status.  The resident had been at the facility for less than a week.  She was supposed to receive short term rehabilitation and return to her home.

When the resident’s condition dramatically declined, Presbyterian Homes’ staff did not contact her physician. The physician told the MDH investigator that the nursing home’s staff had an urgent reason and should have contacted the physician when the resident had increased shortness of breath, anxiety and decreased oxygen saturation, especially at night.

In addition, there was limited documentation of monitoring on during the shift.  The MDH found that the facility staff failed to consistently document in the resident’s medical record regarding the resident’s status, including on the evening of the resident’s death.

The MDH determined that the Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington is responsible for neglect of the facility’s resident.  [Case no. H5556022]

In addition, deficiencies cited by Medicare in its three most recent inspections include Presbyterian Homes of Bloomington’s:

  • failure to provide necessary care and services to maintain the highest well being of each resident;
  • failure to assist those residents who need total help with eating/drinking, grooming and personal and oral hygiene;
  • failure to develop a complete care plan that meets all of a resident’s needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured;
  • failure to prepare food that is nutritional, appetizing, tasty, attractive, well-cooked, and at the right temperature; and
  • failure to have a program that investigates, controls and keeps infection from spreading.

The Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm represents clients in cases involving catastrophic injury caused by nursing homes and other care facilities that fail to provide proper care. If you believe your loved one has been harmed due neglect or abuse in a nursing home, take action and contact the Kosieradzki • Smith Law Firm online or call us toll-free at (877) 552-2873 to set up a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.