Many Illinois nursing home residents require a higher level of specialized care to minimize the potential for suffering and injury due to their medical condition or physical limitations. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities provide minimal supervision and instead choose to use unauthorized physical restraints including seat belts and alarms in violation of federal and state nursing home regulations. Sadly, the Douglas County elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents whose rights were violated by the unauthorized use of physical and chemical restraints.
Arcola Health Care Center
Arcola Health Care Center is a 100-certified bed facility that is a part of Petersen Health Care and serves the residents of Arcola and Douglas County. This for-profit center participates in Medicaid and Medicare. The facility is located at:
422 E. 4th St.
Arcola, Illinois 61910
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Arcola Health Care also offers:
- Alzheimer’s/dementia care
- Respite care
- Hospice care
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
Arcola Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations. The information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Arcola Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health concerns and two out of five stars for both quality measures and staffing issues. The Arcola nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/19/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "have an initial assessment for the use of a physical restraint for [a resident] reviewed for physical restraints.”
The failure by the nursing staff at Arcola Health Care Center was first documented after a review of the facility’s 11/25/2015 Physical Therapy Progress Note that documents of the resident “can ambulate 250 feet safely with a two-wheeled walker and contact guard assist uneven surfaces.” A review of the resident’s 10/25/2015 SBAR (Situation, Background, Assessment, Request) Communication Form documented the resident was “observed on his bottom next to [his] wheelchair sitting up. States he was trying to leave. Noncompliant with instruction, alarms.”
The resident’s medical records also document that at 4:40 PM on 12/07/2015 the resident “was propelling himself in a wheelchair in the hallway with a self-release seat belt fastened across his lap.” The following day at 8:15 AM the resident “was propelling himself away from the dining room in a wheelchair with a self-release seat belt fastened across his lap. Later that day at noon, a Certified Nursing Assistant asked the resident to remove the belt.” The resident “attempted to remove the belt and then stated ‘I can’t do it’.”
Later that same day at 3:30 PM on 12/08/2015, a different Certified Nursing Assistant asked the resident “to remove the seat belt.” The resident “attempted to remove the seat belt and stated ‘I can’t’.” Thirty-five minutes later the Director of Nursing at the facility as the resident “to remove the seat belt.” The resident “again tried to remove the seat belt and was unable to remove it.” The state investigator asked the facility’s Director of Nursing to provide an initial assessment for the use of the resident’s alarming seat belt. However, the Director was unable to do so.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/19/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement a pressure relieving intervention for [a resident at the facility] review for pressure sores [bedsores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers; pressure wounds].” The failure by the nursing staff involved a resident who “requires extensive assistance for bed mobility and transfers.”
The resident’s 09/15/2015 Care Plan documents that the resident “is at risk for skin breakdown and that [the resident’s] coccyx is red.” The Care Plan requires an intervention of a pressure relieving cushion to be used in the resident’s chair.” However, the state investigator noted that upon observation that between 11:55 AM and 12:15 PM on 12/08/2015, the resident when “seated in his wheelchair in the dining room” did not have a “pressure relieving cushion in his chair.” During an interview, a Certified Nursing Assistant said at that time that the resident “does not use a cushion in his wheelchair.”
Arcola Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury, harm or abuse through the use of physical or chemical restraints while residing at Arcola Health Care Center or any nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Arcola elder abuse lawyers can protect your loved one’s rights and assist you in seeking the financial compensation they deserve.
Contact our Douglas County nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no-obligation free consultation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency so no upfront fees are required.