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Health Department: Drunk attendant neglected assisted living clients

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The Minnesota Department of Health says an employee of an Apple Valley assisted living home had a blood alcohol content of .32 when police found the worker asleep on the job, leaving more than a dozen clients unattended.

According to the Star Tribune the newly-released report says the incident occurred on May 31 and follow-up visits to Ecumen Centennial House show it has made the changes required by the state.

The Pioneer Press says the report indicates police were responding to a call from a client who said another client had been unable to get help.

A spokesman for Ecumen's parent company tells the Star Tribune the employee was immediately fired. The newspaper says none of the 14 clients in the wing of the house overseen by the employee suffered during the drunken lapse.

The Pioneer Press says Ecumen Centennial cares for 76 clients. According to its website the non-profit also provides at-home care.

The Health Department reported on other cases of neglect at assisted living facilities this fall. The Duluth News Tribune reported in November the state cited a Biwabik home for failing to get medical help for an injured client. In October a law firm reported on its blog that the department faulted a Hutchinson home after one of its clients was found by state troopers two miles from the facility.

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