Many Illinois nursing home long-term care facilities fail to adequately train their nursing staff to provide a level of care that ensures a resident’s safety. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent long-term care patients who have suffered needlessly through the neglectful actions of caregivers in Illinois LTC facilities like Alvin Eades Center.
Alvin Eades Center
This Nursing Center is a long-term-care ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Jacksonville and Morgan County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Home is located at:
1000A West Michigan
Jacksonville Il 62650
Jacksonville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois nursing home regulatory agency routinely updates their nursing home database system containing the complete list of all health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be viewed on numerous websites including Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – [ltc.dph.illinois.gov]).
The Morgan County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Protect the Client’s Rights
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/10/2014, an Illinois state investigator noted that the facility failed to “ensure that the informed consents, which individuals with Behavior Support Plans (BSP), which include the use of restrictive techniques of drugs to manage inappropriate behavior were provided with, or time-limited and including information regarding the right to withdraw consent at any time without risk of punitive action.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved to individuals with Behavior Support Plans, which include the use of drugs to manage inappropriate behavior.” One failure was first documented after reviewing a 47-year-old male resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) that documented the resident who “functions in the severe range of intellectual disability with an additional diagnosis of autism.”
The resident’s physician prescribed Cymbalta (an antidepressant medication used to treat anxiety, depression, diabetic peripheral neuropathy, chronic muscle and bone pain, and fibromyalgia) to be given in the morning. The investigator noted that the most recent Behavior Support plan in the resident’s clinical records had a revision date of 09/25/2012 or approximately one and a half years earlier. The plan addresses behaviors including physical aggression, self-injurious behavior, and maladaptive behaviors.
The investigator noted that the informed consent signed by the resident’s legal guardian on 01/03/2012 listed various consents including “I… understand that the treatment procedure described above will be closely monitored, supervised, and revised when necessary, and in the event of any side effects that might be injurious to [the resident], the treatment procedures will be terminated immediately.
It was noted that the “consent does not contain a date when the consent becomes invalid and does not contain any information regarding the signatory’s rights to withdraw consent at any time without the risk of punitive action.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Qualify Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on the afternoon of 04/09/2014 who was asked if the behavioral support plans “stated that it is time-limited.” The QIDP replied “no.” The investigator “asked if there were any statements regarding the right to withdraw consent at any time” to which the QIDP replied, “that it is not written into the plan.”
- Failure to Follow the Resident’s Plan of Care to Ensure Safety
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “implement their policy to prevent neglect when the facility staff allowed [a resident] to choke on a piece of meat, that had to be surgically removed.” The incident involved a nonverbal ambulatory male resident “who functions in the Profound Range of Intellectual Disabilities with an additional diagnosis of autism and seizure disorder.”
A review of the resident’s Behavior Plan addressed appropriate eating noting that the resident “will consume food items as prescribed on his mechanical soft diet during meals and snack times in a manner that lessens the likelihood of choking. The staff is to sit next to [the resident] during all meals and snacks to prompt [the resident] to take a drink between bites of food.”
A review of the resident’s 10/01/2013 Incident Report indicates that the resident “had gagged on meat (cubed steak) at his supper meal [...and] spit out a portion of the meat [...and] did not have problems breathing and did not appear to be in distress.” However, in the morning, the resident did not swallow water offered by the nurse and refuse to take morning medications. An x-ray was taken noting something stuck in his throat that was later identified as a piece of meat that was surgically removed at the emergency operating room.
Jacksonville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one was mistreated by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at Alvin Eades Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our team of skilled Jacksonville nursing home attorneys can assist your family and successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm including the nursing home, staff members, Administrators, visitors and other residents.
We encourage you to contact our Morgan County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your complimentary, initial case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements.