The spread of infection in a nursing facility can place the health and well-being of a resident, or all residents, in immediate jeopardy. To minimize the potential spread, nursing staff are required to follow procedures and protocols enforced by nursing home regulatory agencies including Medicare and Medicaid. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to properly train their staff or provide necessary supervision to ensure that policies, procedures, and protocols are enforced. Sadly, the Beecher elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered life-threatening infections that could have been prevented had the staff been properly trained.Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 128-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Beecher and Will County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1201 Dixie Highway
Beecher, Illinois 60401
In addition to providing skilled nursing services and active therapy, Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also offers:
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Respite care
- Long-term and short-term care
- Respite care
- Wound care
To ensure the public is provided all historical information on every nursing facility in the United States, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system. The information includes all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Beecher nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Adequate Care and Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to clean the entire genital area after an incontinent episode, in a manner that would prevent the potential for infection and to maintain hygiene.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center affected two residents at the facility.
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed that the resident required “extensive assistance with most of her ADLs (activities of daily living) including personal hygiene and toilet use.” The resident “is always incontinent of bladder function and frequently incontinent of bowel function.
The failure was first noticed upon observation of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at 1:25 PM on 04/11/2016 providing a resident incontinent care who “was awake in bed.” The CNAs remove the resident’s incontinent brief was stool on it and clean the resident’s buttocks and perineum. With her gloved hand, the Certified Nursing Assistant “used disposable wipes to clean [the resident’s] bilateral inner legs/by area first, then got another disposable wipe and cleaned [the resident] from the pubic area down toward the perineum [… without separating] any skin faulty clean the area.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s August 2008 Perineal Care Policies and Procedures to minimize the potential spread of infection. The policy reads in part:
“For female residents, wash perineal area, wiping from front to back. Separate labia and wash area downward from front to back.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to perform hand hygiene after providing incontinence care and during feeding assistance.” This failure was noted during an observation of a Certified Nursing Assistant assisting a resident while eating in the main dining area. “While assisting with eating, [the resident] had a loud sneeze in large mucus that covered her nose and upper part of her mouth. [The resident] had a nasal cannula on at the time.”
The CNA “used the paper towel on [the resident’s] table to clean [the resident’s] nose and upper mouth [...and used the resident’s] protective garment to clean the remaining mucus from [the resident’s] nose/upper mouth [...and] went ahead with feeding [the resident] without performing hand washing.”
The investigator interviewed the Certified Nursing Assistant who stated that “she was not used to feeding the resident and that she should have washed her hands.”
If your loved one has been injured or suffered a premature death caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff at Beecher Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Will County elder abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of obtaining the financial recovery your family deserves for your loved one’s harm.
To ensure that your compensation cases successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Beecher Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys today. Our law firm offers no obligation, free consultations. No upfront fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse and neglect case through contingency fee agreements.