Robbinsdale care facility blamed for resident’s suicide

  • Article by: Paul Walsh , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 12, 2014 - 8:38 PM

State investigators are blaming a Robbinsdale assisted-living facility for allowing a client with strong suicidal tendencies to get his hands on enough drugs and alcohol to mix himself a deadly concoction that the 62-year-old man downed two days before his scheduled move to a substance abuse treatment center.

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tuppmanFeb. 12, 14 3:38 PM

You have got to be kidding. If a man is in as bad a shape as this story suggests and wants to end his life, badly enough, he will find a way. Why is it always someone's fault. The man has a free will and decided to leave this earth. Is it your premise that he has to remain here no matter what. Quality of life should enter into the equation

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exkiltFeb. 12, 14 3:55 PM

I'm a resident of Copperfield Hill assisted-living and from what I've seen from staff I am NOT surprised...looking forward to my next move!

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cinemajayFeb. 12, 14 4:08 PM

@tuppman, "Why is it always someone's fault. The man has a free will and decided to leave this earth." For the simple fact that he was under their care and they were paid to be responsible for him.

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MacFeb. 12, 14 4:13 PM

The fault lies with the man who committed suicide. The facility didn't hook him up with a drug dealer, he did. If he wanted to die that bad, let him. No one else should be able to stop an individual from ending their life if it's what they really wanted to do.

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SusieSpotFeb. 12, 14 4:13 PM

How is this the responsibility of an assisted living facility? My mother is moving into one shortly, and nothing in all the paperwork we went through would suggest that such a facility was responsible for preventing a person from committing suicide. Assisted livning facilities do NOT provide that kind of monitoring and supervision.

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dmulville72Feb. 12, 14 4:32 PM

Sloppy journalism at best, another quality Paul Walsh piece. As for the actual content, you have reported on so many cases of elder abuse and inattentive staff lately, why not do an actual investigative piece of a number of these places? You'll find that almost all are understaffed, undertrained, and underpaid. That usually leads to really crappy care under the guise of a pretty environment. These after the fact reports that are written like garbage only further serve the dumbing down of the populace.

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swmnguyFeb. 12, 14 4:53 PM

It seems that this poor man was not in the right kind of care environment. That may or may not be the fault of the facility. There are many factors in play, not all described in the article, and many may be confidential. Are there tiered levels of care at this place? Does the place claim to offer services to a man with such serious issues? It sounds like a terribly sad situation, but it's hard to tell from this story how it might have been prevented.

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davehougFeb. 12, 14 5:37 PM

Sounds like he stole the drugs and downed the booze in his own apartment. I can't see how they could be responsible unless they put him in his own jail cell.

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imichelleFeb. 12, 14 8:35 PM

Something seems to be missing here. Assisted living is by nature assistance, not monitored. If they left his drug cabinet unlocked, maybe… but even then, med management isn't to keep people from purposefully overdosing, but from accidentally overdosing or underdoseing. People are still free to fill their own prescriptions and transport them.

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