Any spread of infection in a nursing facility could jeopardize the health and well-being of all the residents. Because of that, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies provide protocols and guidelines to the nursing staff on how to take appropriate measures to eliminate exposure to infection and contaminants in an enclosed environment. Unfortunately, infections still spread throughout many facilities due to a lack of training or minimal supervision. Sadly, the Silvis elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have been exposed to infection needlessly that compromise their overall health and well-being.
Aspen Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Aspen Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 63-certified for-profit Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Silvis and Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1403 9th Avenue
Silvis, IL 61282
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Aspen Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center provides skilled nursing care along with Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Silvis Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families use the Medicare star rating summary system to determine the best location to place a loved one in a nursing facility. This is because the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their database system to reflect the complete history of all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns on facilities nationwide. The results can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Aspen Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available stars compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for staffing issues and health inspections. Our Silvis Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/20/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to “perform hand hygiene between medication administration for four residents [...and a failure] to wear protective personal equipment [PPE] when handling medications.” In addition, it was noted by the state investigator that the facility failed “to perform incontinence care to prevent cross-contamination [for two residents] reviewed for infection control.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s revised 10/27/2010 Medication Administration Policy that reads in part:
“Appropriate hand washing or use of an alcohol-based gel must be performed by the medication pass. The should occur: Before and after medication pass, after touching an oral medication during administration. It is acceptable to use antiseptic gel type solution between residents.”
An observation was made of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) preparing to administer medication for a resident at 11:40 AM on 06/22/2015. “Without performing hand hygiene, [the LPN] punched two tablets of medication from a numbered medication cart into the medication cup, filled the cup with water, administered the medication to [the resident], took the used medication cups and water cup and place them in the trash, documented the administration in the MAR (Medication Administration Record) and then prepared to administer medication to [another resident]. Without performing hand hygiene, [the LPN] continued to administer medication [to three other residents].”
The state investigator interviewed the Licensed Practical Nurse at 2:18 PM on the same day who stated: “I use sanitizer after every third administration.”
- Failure to Investigate or Report an Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/09/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to identify, investigate and notify (State Agency) of [a] potentially abusive incident involving one [resident at the facility]. This failure enabled the resident to continue to inappropriately touch other residents residing in the facility.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Nurse's Notes dated at 9:15 AM on 08/01/2014 that revealed that “the resident walking down the hallway when another nurse noted resident grabbing a female resident’s breast. Female resident slapped at resident telling him to stop and he continued…”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 08/04/2014 Current Care Plan documents “Sexual aggression over the weekend.” Medication was administered with “15-minute checks for 72 hours.” On 08/06/2014 at 2:00 PM, an incident report form revealed that the resident was “observed to expose his genitalia to [another resident with] a diagnosis of dementia [who] touched the genitalia of the male resident.”
Silvis Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered harm, injury, abuse, mistreatment or neglect in any Illinois nursing facility including Aspen Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action. Our Silvis nursing home abuse attorneys can ensure that your family receives the financial recompense they deserve for your loved one’s harm.
To successfully resolve your financial compensation case, we urge you to contact our Rock Island County elder abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. Our attorneys offer a free, no-obligation case consultation to discuss the merits of your monetary claim. No upfront fees or retainers are required because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements.