Any developing facility-acquired bedsore (pressure sore; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer) can be a sign of neglect or mistreatment in a nursing home setting. Sadly, the nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents victimized by the neglect or mistreatment of their caregivers who failed to take appropriate actions at the first sign of a developing bedsore to ensure it healed completely.
Nursing home residents are highly susceptible to acquiring bedsores due to immobility or lack of assistance from competent caregivers. Continuous pressure to bony areas of the body including the back, heels, buttocks, back of the head, shoulders and shoulder blades can easily restrict blood flow to the skin and underlying tissue and cause a wound to appear in as little as two hours. Without repositioning of the body, a bedsore can become an open wound as skin deteriorates and eventually dies within a day or two.Bement Health Care Center
Bement Health Care Center is a 60-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Bement and Piatt County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
601 North Morgan
Bement, Illinois 61813
Bement Health Care is part of the Petersen Health Care network with services that include their Pathways Rehabilitation Program for physical, occupational, and speech therapies. They also offer Alzheimer’s care, memory care, skilled nursing care, hospice, and behavior services programs.Bement Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the United States government and the state of Illinois routinely update their national nursing home databases to use as a comparative tool when looking for information involving facilities nationwide. Information from the star rating summary system is posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, Bement Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared to other facilities throughout the US. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues, and health concerns.
Our Bement nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints, health violations, opened investigations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "document and report a newly acquired skin condition.” In addition, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement pressure relieving interventions.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Bement Health Care Center affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
One incident involved a resident at the facility who “requires extensive assistance with bed mobility.” In addition, the resident’s Skin Assessment documents that the resident “are at high risk for pressure ulcers.” The state investigator noted that the resident was observed at 4:45 PM on 03/08/2016 “lying in bed with a blanket covering [the resident’s] legs and feet. At that time, [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] pulled down [the resident’s] covers to expose [their heels which] were not floated or off-loaded.” The resident’s “heels were directly on the bed” placing the resident a greater risk for developing a bedsore or worsening of an existing bedsore.
At 2020 5 AM on 03/10/2016, the resident’s Newly Acquired Skin Conditions form revealed the resident had “redness, soft area. Blanchable. Left heel. Four centimeters circular. Discomfort with firm palpation [touched by the hand].”
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor of Any Change in Their Condition Including an Injury or Decline in Their Health
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of the onset of a vascular wound.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility. The resident’s 02/06/2016 Registered Nurse (RN) Nurse’s Notes documents that the resident had a “bilateral lower legs and feet very dry was a scab. Top of the right foot.” The Nurse’s Notes documented the following day on 02/07/2016 revealed that the resident “has scratch marks, right top of the foot has scabbed area.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s physician at 10:20 AM on 03/08/2016, or more than a month later after the skin condition was revealed who indicated that “he did not remember staff notifying him of [the resident’s] vascular wound until 02/09/2016 [2 days later] when he was making his rounds at the facility.” The physician also stated that “anytime a diabetic patient has a new wound he [the physician] should be notified [...and] when he examined the [resident’s] right foot on 02/09/2016, the foot was swollen, draining and appeared to be infected.”
If your loved one has suffered from a facility-acquired bedsore or any other illness while residing at Bement Health Care Center or any other Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our dedicated qualified team of Bement elder abuse attorneys has the expertise and experience to assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our Piatt County nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 and speak with an attorney to discuss the merits of your case. We accept all personal injury claims and nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment is ever required.