Any decline in health of an Illinois nursing home resident must be reported to the resident’s physician along with the family member whose responsible for the patient’s care. Notification to the doctor ensures of the resident is receiving the highest level of care. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to follow procedures and protocols, which is often to the detriment of the patient’s health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of neglect while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like The Arthur Home.
The Arthur Home
This facility is a for-profit 53-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Arthur and Douglas/Moultrie Counties. The nursing home is located at:
Arthur, IL 61911
The facility provides skilled nursing medical care along with speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.
Arthur Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, The Arthur Home maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Moultrie County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Maintain an Indwelling Urinary Catheter to Avoid the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/10/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "maintain an indwelling urinary catheter drainage tubing off the floor.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at the Arthur Home affected one resident.
The deficient practice was noted by the state investigator who reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) noting that the resident requires “extensive assistance from staff for hygiene and mobility.
An observation was made of the resident on the morning of 11/09/2015 who was seated “in her wheelchair in her room and [her] indwelling urinary catheter tubing was resting on the floor.” By late morning, the resident “was propelling herself in the wheelchair in the hallway and [her] urinary catheter tubing was dragging on the floor. Just before noon that same day, a Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA) propelled the resident “into the dining room enter urinary catheter tubing was dragging on the floor.”
By 4:00 PM that same day, the resident “was seated in her wheelchair in her room. At that time, after being prompted, a Licensed Practical Nurse adjusted [the resident’s] catheter tubing so it did not rest on the floor and stated a urinary catheter drainage tubing should not be on the floor.”
Again, at 8:30 AM on 11/10/2015, the resident “was seated in her wheelchair in the dining room and [her] urinary catheter tubing was resting on the floor. At that time, after being prompted, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) adjusted [the resident’s] urinary catheter tubing so did not rest on the floor.”
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2014, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of increased pain following a fall.”
The deficient practice was noted in March 2014 and the facility’s Incident Report that documents that on “03/08/2015, a [resident] was ‘found on floor’ at 6:35 PM.” X-rays were taken on 03/12/2015 documents “fracture the right anterior eighth, ninth and tenth ribs.” The facility process Director of Nursing documented in the Nurses Notes the following day at 12:00 AM that the resident “complained of right middle back pain.” Again at 2:00 PM that same day, the resident still “complained frequently of middle back pain.”
The state investigator stated that the facility’s Nurse’s Notes “do not document that [the resident’s physician] was notified of his pain.” This action failed to follow the facility’s 06/04/2014 Policy and Procedure for Change of Condition -- Physician Notification that reads in part:
“The attending physician will be notified of a change in the resident’s condition by licensed practical personnel as warranted… Physician notification is to include but is not limited to abnormal complaints of pain.”
Arthur Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at The Arthur Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can provide legal intervention to ensure your loved one receives the highest level of care at their facility or is transferred to another nursing home.
We encourage you to contact our Douglas area elder abuse law office today by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation, free full case review. No upfront fees are required. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or negotiated an acceptable out-of-court settlement on your behalf.