The spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility can jeopardize the well-being of every resident. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific guidelines, procedures, and protocols that avoid exposure to contaminants, infections, viruses, and bacteria. Unfortunately, not every nursing home follows protocols, which can easily compromise the patient’s health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent nursing home residents who have been needlessly exposed to the spread of infection while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Barry Community Care Center.
Barry Community Care Center
This facility is a 76-certified-bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center providing nursing services to residents of Barry and Pike County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
1313 Pratt St.
Barry, IL 62312
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers in-home care services, assisted living, rehabilitation care, hospice care, independent living options and care for treating Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
Barry Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Barry Community Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis star rating system. includes five out of five stars for health inspections, four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Pike County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Services and Care to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/20/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow the standard in contact isolation precautions/protocols when caring for residents with infections.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement ongoing surveillance employee isolation practices for residents with Clostridium difficile (C. diff). This has the potential to affect all of the 40 residents living in the facility.”
The deficient practice was noted in the investigator’s findings during an initial tour of the facility at 1:30 PM on 11/16/2014. At that time, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated that a resident “has C-diff. When asked if [the resident] was in isolation, [the LPN] said, ‘No, but we do have contact isolation when cleaning up loose stools’.”
The LPN said that the resident “has had one loose stool in three days [...and] was asked why no sign was posted on the door to notify staff and visitors of the isolation, and no isolation cart was outside [the resident’s] room.” The Licensed Practical Nurse indicated that “everyone knows she has C-diff. They have been told.” However, during the observation by the state investigator, during the initial tour, “eight visitors were observed in [the resident’s] room without gowns or gloves on.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses on the afternoon of 11/17/2014 who “was asked for a copy of the policy and procedure for contact isolation for C-diff.” The Director said “the facility follows “Standard Precautions” for any resident in isolation [...and] said the Facility ‘does not have a specific C-diff contact isolation policy’.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “adequately clean multi-use blood glucose monitoring devices with appropriate sanitizer to prevent potential contamination between residents.” At that time, two residents received blood glucose monitoring.
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2013, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "identify, evaluate and monitor entrapment hazards [involving one resident] reviewed for side rail entrapment hazards.”
The state investigator noted that there were six residents at the facility 10/29/2015 “residing in beds with side rails which did not meet the FDA dimensional requirements. The split side rail systems had problems with potential entrapment… [Involving] entrapment within the rail.”
Barry Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one has suffered injury or harm while a patient at Barry Community Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can take appropriate legal measures to ensure that your loved one receives the highest level of care while residing at their facility or we assist in moving them to a better location. In addition, our team can handle the process of obtaining the financial compensation your loved one deserves for their damages.
We urge you to contact our Pike County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free case review. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in front of a judge and jury or have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.