Before any nurse or employee can be hired in a nursing facility, state and federal laws require the home to complete a background check, followed by re-checks every four years. Any failure to perform a background check or follow up check creates the potential of hiring an employee who has a history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating nursing home residents. Unfortunately, the Clinton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to the abusive actions of the nursing staff.Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center
Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center is a 94-certified bed for profit Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Clinton and Rock County, Wisconsin and Rockford County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
709 Meadow Park Dr.
Clinton, Wisconsin 53525
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Alden Meadow Park also offers:
- Post-acute care
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Orthopedic care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- Cardiac care
To ensure families have complete information on the quality of care every nursing home provides before placing their loved one in the facility to receive high-quality care, state and federal agencies routinely update their nursing home databases. The data contains a history of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations with results posted on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Clinton nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Act or Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/23/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "ensure that they did not employ individuals who have been found guilty of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents by a court of law; or have a finding entered into the State Nurse Aide Registry concerning abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents.” The investigator noted that “the facility did not complete four of eight staff records reviewed and one interview with staff regarding abuse interventions.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that “the facility did not have evidence of current background information for [a housekeeper, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Registered Nurse (RN) and failed to] ensure that each staff did not have a history of abuse, neglect or mistreating residents.” The investigator interviewed the cook who stated they did not feel they “could intervene if there was possible abuse happening to a resident.”
At 3:30 PM on 03/21/2016 the state surveyor/investigator requested from the facility’s Business Office Manager all the background information on employees. At that time, multiple failures occurred including the facility not having evidence “of an out-of-state background check from Illinois was completed at that time (on 07/10/2015)” for a housekeeper working in the facility. Another incident involved a Certified Nursing Assistant who was hired on 02/03/2012 with the last background information disclosure being performed at that time and had not been updated in the past four years.
The investigator noted that the actions of the administration at Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center failed to follow state and federal nursing home regulations and the facility’s 05/08/2014 policy titled: Abuse Prevention Program that reads in part:
“This facility will not knowingly employ any individual convicted of resident abuse or misappropriation of resident property. Prior to a new employee starting a work schedule: initiate a reference check from the previous employer, complete a Wisconsin Justice Department healthcare worker background check on all new hires”
“At the time of the hire and every four years thereafter, employees must complete a Department Healthcare Worker form, background information disclosure.”
- Failure to Provide Care by Qualified Individuals According to Each Resident’s Written Plan of Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/23/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure services provided or arranged by the facility were provided by qualified persons in accordance with each resident’s written Plan of Care.”
This incident involved a resident who required two-person assist with a Hoyer lift. However, observations were made “when this Care Plan intervention was not followed.” The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing who noted that “she would expect the CNA staff to look for the resident care card to know how to transfer a resident and that she would expect the CNA staff to follow the Care Plan and resident care card.”
If your loved one was abused or mistreated while residing in any nursing facility including Alden Meadow Park Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action against all parties responsible. Our Rock County elder abuse attorneys have access to every necessary resource to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our Clinton Wisconsin nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims on contingency to avoid the need of making an upfront payment.