Even though nursing home residents suffering with dementia often experience functional decline, social isolation and agitation, the use of restraints is not always an effective or legal solution to maintain control over the resident. Sadly, statistics from a 2004 national nursing home survey indicates that nursing facility residents suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are nearly 3 times more likely to be physically restrained, compared to residents not suffering from the disease.
In 1987, Congress passed the Nursing Home Reform Law providing residents of nursing facilities basic rights. The enacted laws state that residents of nursing homes have a guarantee of freedom from physical or chemical restraint imposed for the purpose of convenience or discipline. Many physical restraints are used in nursing facilities with devices applied to the bed or wheelchair, or to the resident’s body in an effort to restrict their freedom of movement.
Our team of dedicated attorneys serve to protect the rights of every Illinois nursing facility resident. We update the latest publicly available information involving safety concerns at nursing facility statewide. The information is used by families who are faced with making decisions to place a loved one in nursing care.
Amberwood Care Centre
Amberwood Care Centre is a 137-bed Medicare-approved nursing facility providing skilled care to residents of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
2313 North Rockton Ave.
Rockford, IL 61103
The short-term post hospitalization nursing facility provides specialized care to treat dementias including Alzheimer’s disease. The facility handles complex medical illness care cases provided by high-quality clinicians. The nursing home accepts Medicaid, Medicare, hospice and private insurance.
Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
The United States government updates current star rating summaries on each nursing facility nationwide by posting the information on its website at www.Medicare.gov. This information provides an easy way to compare different health care centers throughout the U.S. Currently, Amberwood Care Centre maintains an overall rating of two stars out of five stars compared to other nursing homes within the United States. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections and three out of five stars for both staffing and quality measures.
The Rockford nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers posted complaints filed against Amberwood Care Centre that involve:
- Failure to Provide Residents Environment of Freedom from Restraint:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/08/2014, during a dementia care focus survey, initial comments indicated that the nursing facility “failed to develop and implement a reduction plan for the use of a physical restraint.” This failure involved two resident cases that were reviewed for restraint use. In one incident, the resident suffered both “Short and long-term memory problems” and “requires extensive assistance of [another individual] for transfer.
While the resident was considered a “high risk for falls related to being unaware of her safety needs,” her doctor ordered that she have “her belt released to change positions, mealtimes, and during activities.” However, through observation it was noted that the resident was “wearing the safety belt during both of the mealtimes” that were witnessed.
- Failure to Provide a Safe Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/15/2012 an original complaint investigation was opened concerning the nursing facility’s failure “to develop effective interventions to reduce the risk of falls and provide supervision to residents who were at high risk for falls.” This investigation was in response to two residents who fell at two different events. One resident was admitted to the facility with “Muscle Weakness and a History of Falls.” The facility’s Unusual Occurrence Reports indicated that the resident had fallen on 04/23/12, 04/30/12, 05/06/12, and had two falls on 05/10/12.
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or your loved one, have been mistreated, abused or neglected while residing at Amberwood Care Centre or any nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our team of dedicated Rockford nursing home abuse attorneys can take proven steps to stop any illegal practice of using physical restraint or other signs of abuse today.
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