Infectious disease outbreaks in nursing facilities are a serious concern for residents that often results in dire consequences that can go unrecognized. Unfortunately, nursing homes provide the ideal environment for the spread of Clostridium difficile, MRSA and other infectious diseases. In some situations, it is the actions or inaction of the nursing staff, administration or housekeeping that cause infections to spread from one resident to another. Sadly, the Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious illness as a result of a facility-acquired infection.
Our attorneys serve as legal advocates for Illinois nursing home residents to protect their rights, health and well-being. We post up to date publicly available data outlining safety concerns, protocol violations, filed complaints and opened investigations involving nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, assisted-living facilities and health care centers statewide. This informative data can help families when choosing the best facility to place an elderly loved one requiring skilled nursing assistance.
Apostolic Christian Skylines
Apostolic Christian Skylines is a 57-bed skilled nursing facility providing medical services to residents of Peoria and Tazewell/Peoria counties in Illinois. The center is located at:
7023 N. East Skyline Dr.
Peoria, IL 61614
The Medicare-certified facility provides assisted care, independent living, memory care and therapy services to offer care for various complex medical issues including neurological, pulmonary, stroke and orthopedic surgery.
Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Federal agencies maintain a star rating summary on every nursing facility, health care center and rehabilitation center nursing home in the United States. Currently, Apostolic Christian Skylines maintains a four out of five star rating when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for both staffing and quality measures.
However, the Peoria Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various complaints, opened investigations and violations against Apostolic Christian Skylines. Some of these include:
- Failure to Follow Protocol to Prevent the Spread of Infection Facility-Wide:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/30/2013 during an annual licensure and certification survey, a notation was made for the facilities failure to “wash hands immediately following incontinence care for [a resident].” This is in response to an observation of incontinence care where two certified nurse aides (CNAs) “provided incontinence care for [a resident]. [Both CNAs] donned gloves and [one CNA] cleaned liquid feces from [the resident’s] peri-area while [the other CNA] helped keep (the resident’s] position. When [the resident’s] incontinence care was complete, [the first CNA] turned and open (the resident’s] bedside nightstand without changing soil gloves, remove the tube barrier cream and applied the cream to [the resident’s] buttock area.”
This is in direct violation of policies and protocols involving the facility’s documented “Handwashing/Hand Hygiene” indicating that “employees must wash their hands for 10 to 15 seconds using antimicrobial and non-anti-microbial soap and water after handling items potentially contaminated with blood, body fluids, or secretions: hand hygiene is always the final step after removing and disposing personal protective equipment.”
Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/05/2012, during an annual certification survey,
it is noted that the facility “failed to keep chemical deodorizer secured in common bathroom cabinet and failed to keep housekeeping cart containing chemical deodorant, insect spray and disinfecting cleaner in a secured area of the facility. This potentially affects one resident identified with the facility as confused and ambulatory.”
Peoria Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or your loved one, have acquired an infection or been mistreated, abuse or neglected while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Apostolic Christian Skylines, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal intervention immediately. Our Peoria Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take legal steps to protect your health.
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