Woman Accused Of Abusing Patient With Parkinson’s
CBS Minnesota (con't)
Affordable Care Act Updates: CBSMinnesota.com/ACA
Health News & Information: CBSMinnesota.com/Health
ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A former home care and assisted living care provider at a facility in Kimball is accused of abusing an adult male patient with Parkinson’s disease in his genital area, according to a complaint filed by the Minnesota Department of Health.
The incident happened at an assisted living facility in Kimball on the 200 block of Magnus Johnson Street. It was reported by the Minnesota Heritage House, located in Little Falls.
According to the complaint, the alleged abuse took place sometime between March and April in which the employee grabbed the patient in his genital area, causing a cut on the man’s penis because she got agitated with him that he would not get off the toilet.
On April 10, an employee at the facility who was helping the man in the bathroom noticed the scratch on the man’s genital area, reported it to a nurse at the facility and it started an internal investigation. The victim, who has Parkinson’s disease, was interviewed on April 18 and did not recall the incident.
That same day, an employee at the facility was interviewed and said the care provider in question told her she grabbed the man’s genital area because he would not stand up and get off the toilet, according to the complaint.
On May 6, another employee was interviewed and stated that the alleged car provider told her she grabbed the man’s genitals and twisted them. The victim said he was sore in that area, the complaint states.
During the internal investigation of the incident, the male victim said the alleged care provider “is awfully big and she got mad and she went crazy and then she twisted down there,” according to the complaint.
The care provider has since been terminated, and authorities in the area are still investigating the incident for possible criminal charges.