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By Jane Friedmann
A Park Rapids, Minn., assisted-living facility was found to have neglected the supervision of a resident with dementia after he left the facility unsupervised and without staff’s knowledge at least 11 times since 2010, according to a recent state report.
The resident of Care Age Country Home didn’t know his name or where he lived, and most times he was found walking along a busy highway.
The facility failed to report the incidents to the state, according to the state Office of Health Facility Complaints. Most of them occurred in early evening when exit doors were supposed to sound a continuous alarm when opened.
Care Age has updated the resident’s care plan to include procedures to minimize his risk of wandering.
An Edina woman convicted of stealing money while working as a court-appointed guardian and conservator for vulnerable adults has been sentenced to a year in jail.
Terri Ann Hauge, 57, is already serving a 270-day sentence in Hennepin County for stealing from an estate she oversaw. On Sept. 14, a Rice County judge sentenced her to 365 days in jail for convictions of perjury and theft by swindle related to cases she handled. She was also ordered to pay restitution and do 240 hours of community service.
I reported last year how Estate Resources, the company run by Hauge and Terrance Larpenteur, handled the finances for 200 vulnerable adults, despite a history of problems and complaints. The company collapsed in 2009. In March, Larpenteur, who now lives in Arizona, was sentenced to 180 days in the workhouse for his role in stealing from an estate.
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