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Friday, November 30, 2007

Saint Paul/Episcopal Homes, elderly tenants victimized.

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7 Comments:

Blogger Bob said...

Hi All,

Earlier today I interviewed a number of elderly people who reside at the Episcopal Homes on University and Fairview. Episcopal Homes has assisted living for the elderly.

All of them reported to me they have had valuables stolen from their apartments and they believe it is employees of Episcopal Homes letting themselves into the apartments with keys provided to them to undertake maintenance duties and cleaning.

These elderly people have informed the management of the valuables missing in their units and the management of Episcopal Homes doesn't seem to be concerned.

It takes a lower than life scum bag to victimize an elderly person! I hope this person or persons committing these crimes rots in hell.

11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't the first time I heard a story like this. Set these thieves up Bob, it would make a good story for the blog.

7:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone who had had a family member in any type of facility like this knows that this is the norm all the time at these places.

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can this be the norm for these type of places? I would assume that if a complaint is filed either with the site management or the police that some type of investigation would be done, if not...why? Maybe hallway security camera's would be a good start to show who is entering these elderly folks private apartments. There has to be a solution to stop employee theft on these residents. What a disgrace those punks must be to steal from the elderly!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The assisted living for the elderly, and the nursing homes are hiring people that might have a bad criminal background.
If anyone cares about people other then themselves, please contact someone in authority to get our laws changed about hiring pedophiles and sex offenders, and other criminals with other then righteous.
They hire people that can't speak or read English, this is scary to the people that are confine in these places.
If it happens at the Episcopal home, it seems to be the norm at all of them.
The people that have their belonging stolen by the people that the nursing homes hire and trust. Think of their feelings also.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

State's 2 worst nursing homes: 152 viol
In three years the two facilities racked up 152 violations, including allowing a man on oxygen to smoke.

By Warren Wolfe, Star Tribune

Last update: November 29, 2007 – 9:35 PM


Problem homes
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Two Minnesota nursing homes cited Thursday among the nation's worst 54 by the federal government share a total of 152 violations in the past three years -- including one for allowing a resident to smoke while using oxygen.
The nursing homes illustrate what federal regulators say is a dangerous "yo-yo compliance history" -- correcting infractions only to break the rules again.

The two are McIntosh Manor in northwestern Minnesota, which also has been fined, and Golden Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center (formerly Trevilla of Golden Valley).

"A listing like this is helpful to residents or people who might be choosing a nursing home," said Darcy Miner, head of nursing home inspections for the Minnesota Health Department. "It helps you know to ask questions and to demand answers."

Despite the two homes' checkered regulatory history, Miner refused to call them the state's worst -- "perhaps 'poorest performers' is better, in terms of the number and severity" of violations, she said.

The new list was compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversees homes and pays states to inspect them. The 54 are among those that have had poor successive inspections and "failed to make significant progress," the agency said.

History of violations

McIntosh Manor's three most recent state inspections showed 24 violations this year, 31 last year and 17 in 2005. The state average is 10 violations. It also has been fined $14,435 in the past two years for not promptly correcting violations.

Last month, the home was cited by state inspectors for allowing a resident to smoke while using oxygen. At times, the man smoked inside the home. Then the home allowed him to take his oxygen tank and cigarettes outside, where he would not harm others if the oxygen caught fire or exploded. Last month the home agreed to remove his oxygen and monitor his smoking.

"We tried to balance his right to self-determination with his safety, and I guess we could have done that better," administrator Nick Berg said Thursday.

"He still goes out and smokes sometimes, even in this weather," Berg said. "But when he takes his electric wheelchair downtown, we really can't monitor whether he's smoking safely."

McIntosh Manor and homes in Ashby and Evansville are owned by the nonprofit Foundation for Rural Healthcare, set up by former owner Robert Odell of Burnsville. Odell was forced by state officials in 1995 to sell a poorly performing nursing home in Cannon Falls.

In May, the foundation lost a Minnesota Court of Appeals case seeking higher state reimbursement for care at its homes because the court found that Odell had control of the foundation at the time of the sale in 1998.

Golden Valley Rehabilitation's three most recent inspections showed 31 violations this year, 11 violations last December and 38 violations in February 2006. It is owned by Extendicare of Milwaukee, which owns seven other homes in Minnesota. Several of them have been sued over patient deaths and have had regulatory problems.

"We recognize that our facility has had regulatory inconsistencies in the past," said George Paulson, executive director of the Golden Valley home. "Golden Valley is in substantial compliance [with regulations]."

They could come off list

But as quickly as the two Minnesota homes were placed on the new list, they could come off it within months, Miner said.

A new inspection at McIntosh Manor last month is expected to show 11 violations, near the state average of 10 violations. And the Golden Valley home is due to be inspected soon "and is telling us they're ready for us," she said.

If both succeed, they would be removed from the published list, which is updated monthly.

But that won't remove them from a list of 128 "special focus facilities" from which the 54 "poorest performers" were taken. To get off that list, a home must have back-to-back good inspections.

Golden Valley has been on that larger list, which has not been published, for eight months, McIntosh for 34 months.

Two more problem homes

Two other Minnesota homes are on the list of 128 poorly performing homes.

Miner identified them as Crystal Care Center in Crystal, and Guardian Angels Health and Rehabilitation Center in Hibbing.

Crystal Care's three most recent inspections show 24 violations this year, 28 last year and 8 in 2005. Guardian Angels' inspections resulted in 10 violations last year, 14 last December and 16 in April 2006.

"This listing of homes is helpful, but you really have to take a deeper look to find out what the problems are," said Deb Holtz, Minnesota ombudsman for long term care. "Look at the state's Nursing Home Report Card, the Medicare Nursing Home Compare program, and then ask lots of questions," she advised.

Warren Wolfe • 612-673-7253


Warren Wolfe • wolfe@startribune.com

8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is one of those places Ramsey County social workers send low income persons to live out the rest of their days.Supposedly in secure happiness.

11:14 PM  

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