Adult resident center cited for neglect after resident's gums overgrew: 5 insights

The Minnesota Department of Human Services cited REM River Bluffs in Rochester, Minn., for neglect after discovering a resident's gums grew over the person's dentures, Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports.

Here are five insights:

1. Over the course of three years, a resident's gums grew over his or her dentures, requiring a dentist to forcibly remove the dentures in October.

2. After removing the dentures, the dentist found a large tumor or growth on the resident's gums. REM River Bluffs' care staff reported the resident had a lower dental implant; however, the resident was not aware the dentures could be removed.

3. Staff turnover was cited as the reasons the resident was not receiving annual dental treatments as required.

4. Once discovered, REM River Bluffs self reported the incident and sought dental care for the resident promptly.

5. REM River Bluffs was fined $5,000, and since the incident, staff members have undergone additional training to ensure the resident's dentures are removed and cleaned daily.

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