Minnesota Nursing Homes Need a Change

Posted on Jun 24, 2017

Kare 11 has recently reported that a Minnesota nursing home resident with two broken legs was left in a bed alone for 19 hours. But according to the state's Health Department, no investigation occurred after the incident and these complaints remain a secret from the state. Families have been ignored by caregivers and then by the state. 

Mary Cleary was one of the victims of abuse. Her children, Eileen and Butch, tell Kare 11 their story.

Butch explained that his mother was very active until she fell while living at Martin Luther Care Center. Mary's aid used an EZ Stand to help her get in her bed, and Mary's knees buckled, and she said in a video her legs break. In the video, Mary said the nurse told her her bones did not break, but she knew her legs were broken. The nurse gave her Tylenol. No one notified a doctor about what happened.

The next day, the nursing home brought in a portable x-ray machine, and Mary was right, she had abstained a broken leg from her fall. After lying in her bed for 19 hours, she was finally taken to the hospital where they confirmed that she had two broken femurs. 

Less than three weeks after Mary's fall, she, unfortunately, passed away. 

The nursing home claims they did nothing wrong because Mary had "chronic leg pain" and osteoporosis. 

Her children believe otherwise. 

On the same day, another patient Ineko Counters was checked into the same nursing home to receive care after her hip surgery. Before her husband left, he warned the staff to make sure she did not fall because he was worried she would. Not only did she fall, but no doctor was notified of her fall. No x-ray was taken until the following day which found that her hip she had received surgery on had been fractured. Ineko Counters died one month after her fall.

The Minnesota Department of Health only took the case from the nursing home's perspective without talking to the families. There were no investigations. How many cases is Minnesota declining to investigate? State Senator, Jim Abeler, explains that poor budgeting is to blame for the lack of investigations within nursing homes. 

He states, "I don't think they use the money they have well."

The state is making efforts to improve the situation.

In Mary Cleary's video, she expresses her wish for an improvement to the care being given at Martin Luther Care Center. 

She states, "My intention is not to get people in trouble. My intention is not to have other people hurt in the same way."

Not only is her family seeking justice, but several attorneys are also seeking for nursing home reformation in Minnesota.

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