Staff members at every nursing facility in the United States are required to communicate and document all changes in a resident’s declining condition to ensure they receive the highest level of care. This includes notifying the resident’s physician and responsible family member/Power of Attorney (POA). Unfortunately, the Jacksonville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident’s health was compromised due to the failure of the nursing staff at reporting a decline of their health to their physician in a timely manner.
Aperion Care Jacksonville
Aperion Care Jacksonville is a 113-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepting “for profit” facility providing nursing services to residents of Jacksonville and Morgan County, Illinois. The Care Center is located at:
1021 North Church St.
Jacksonville, IL 62650
In addition to providing skilled nursing services around-the-clock, the facility also offers long-term living solutions, short-term rehabilitation, and psychiatric rehabilitation.
Jacksonville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families receive the complete history of the care provided in nursing facilities throughout the US, both the federal government and the state of Illinois regularly update their nursing home database systems. The results can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Aperion Care Jacksonville maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other facilities throughout the United States. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing issues. Our Jacksonville nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/16/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of new pressure ulcers.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Aperion Care Jacksonville affected one resident.
The failure was first documented on 06/15/2016 that the resident “had a hydrocolloid dressing on her right buttocks” that was removed by the Director of Nursing to reveal “a 2.5 centimeter by 3.5 centimeter Stage II pressure ulcer.” During the observation, the resident “was turned on her right side and a 0.5 centimeter by 0.5 centimeter Stage II pressure ulcer was present on her left hip.” At that time, the Director of Nursing stated: “I have not been made aware of any pressure ulcers on [the resident’s] buttocks area and am not sure why there is a dressing on her buttocks.”
A few minutes later, Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who turned the resident revealed that “those areas were there the other day and I told a nurse and [the Activities Director] about it. There wasn’t any dressing on any of the areas when I saw them. I’m not sure what day it was that I saw them and I don’t remember who the nurse was that I told.”
Less than an hour later, Licensed Practical Nurse a provides the resident care stated when asked about the pressure ulcers, “I don’t know anything about pressure areas on [the resident’s] buttocks or the dressing on her buttocks.” In a follow-up interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses on the morning of 06/16/2016 it was revealed that “there is no documentation on [the resident’s] pressure ulcers anywhere and there are no doctor’s orders for the dressing on her buttocks.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s updated 01/01/2014 policy titled Change in Condition Physician Notification Overview Guidelines that reads in part:
“All significant changes in resident’s status are thoroughly assessed and physician notification is based on assessment findings and is to be documented in the medical record… Medical care problems are communicated to the attending physician in a timely, concise, and thorough manner.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/10/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “identify/assess and monitor a condition change for [two residents at the facility] reviewed for a change in condition.” The investigator also noted that “these failures resulted in hospitalizations for [two residents] when they exhibit symptoms of respiratory failure which went undetected by staff until they were in respiratory distress.”
One failure involved a resident with documented hospital records revealing that the resident “was discharged to the facility on 04/30/2016 with a discharge diagnosis of Ventilator Dependent Respiratory Failure secondary to Aspiration Pneumonia status post extubation Aspiration Pneumonia… and septic shock.”
Three days after admittance, the resident’s Nurse’s Notes document that the resident “had lung congestion”. Four days after admittance the resident’s 05/03/2016 10:15 PM Nurses Notes documents of the resident “was unresponsive in the staff received orders to send to the hospital.” The 05/04/2016 Hospital Records document that the resident was admitted to the Emergency Room for care and expired that day.
Jackson Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been mistreated, abused, neglected or died while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Aperion Care Jacksonville, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can work on your behalf to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves.
Call our Morgan County elder abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case review. No upfront fees are necessary.