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Associated Press, Published September 09 2010

Woman dies after fall in Rochester nursing home

ST. PAUL (AP) — State health investigators say a nursing aide in Rochester panicked while leading a 91-year-old resident to the bathroom, resulting a fall and injuries that contributed to the woman's death.

The Star Tribune reports that it happened April 11 at Samaritan Bethany Home on Eighth. The Minnesota Department of Health concluded the fall was solely the fault of the aide.

State Rep. Mindy Greiling (GRY'-ling) of Roseville, the woman's daughter, tells the newspaper her mother, Jeanette Rittenhouse, was bedridden until she died May 18.

The report released Thursday says the aide was taking Rittenhouse to the bathroom when her roommate moved in front of the bathroom door in a wheelchair. The aide left Rittenhouse standing the middle of the room, and she fell. The employee told investigations "she panicked."

Greiling says she's not mad at the employee, but at the roommate who she calls "an intimidating person."

The home suspended the employee and retrained staff members.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.