Many Illinois nursing residents require a high level of care for their health, hygiene and toileting needs. Because of that, the nursing staff must take appropriate measures and follow procedures and protocols when providing incontinence care, especially to female patients. These proper incontinent cleaning procedures are designed to protect the resident from the spread of infection, which could have the potential of negatively affecting the patient’s well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have provided legal representation to residents who have suffered preventable infections needlessly while residing at skilled nursing homes like Benton Rehab and Health Care Center.
Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Center is a for-profit 67-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Benton and Franklin County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
1409 N. Main St.
Benton, IL 62812
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides skilled nursing services along with their pathways rehabilitation therapy program, Alzheimer’s care and memory care.
Benton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations.
Currently, Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Franklin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Infection Control Techniques to Minimize The Potential Of Developing a Urinary Tract Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow appropriate infection control technique during incontinence and catheter care.”
The deficient practice was noted in the investigator’s findings that included an observation of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) at 3:00 PM on 04/26/2016. The CNAs “were observed performing incontinence care on [a resident]. During the care, [a Certified Nursing Assistant] wiped the resident from the [back] to the urethra.
The state investigator interviewed the certified nursing aide after completing the care who stated: “I wiped the wrong way, it should have been from the front to the back.” The investigator noted that a review of the facility’s undated Perineal Cleansing Policy reads in part:
“When cleaning the pubic area, use long strokes from the most anterior down to the base of the labia.”
An additional observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) on 04/26/2016 just after noon. At that time, one Certified Nursing Assistant with gloved hands wipe the resident’s “catheter tubing that had reddening spots on the tubing next to the body entrance with a washcloth moistened with no peri-wash solution, by holding the catheter tubing with one hand and waving the tubing from the cloth with the other hand.”
The CNA “removed the cloth for the catheter tubing with the gloved hands, touched the soiled area of the washcloth, contaminating both hands. Without changing gloves, the CNA picked up the no rinse peri-wash solution bottle and the washcloth with the contaminated glove.” The investigator noted that at no time during the procedure did the CNA clean the contaminated bottle.
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Responsible Family Member of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/13/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "notify the family member of… a fall incident involving the resident.”
The deficient practice was noted in the investigator’s findings that revealed that “there is no documentation in the resident’s Nurse’s Notes on 08/16/2015 of [the resident’s] family being notified of the fall incident.” As a part of the investigation, the surveyor interviewed the facility’s Registered Nurse providing the resident care who stated “she was on duty when [the resident fell ...and] said she did not make contact with [the resident’s] family to notify them of the incident but she did leave a message on an answering machine.”
Benton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has been injured or harmed while residing at Benton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can work on your family’s behalf to assist in obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. In addition, we can provide numerous legal options on how to move your loved one to a better facility or ensure they receive the highest level of care in their nursing home.
We encourage you to contact our Franklin County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no-obligation, initial case evaluation at no cost to you. No upfront payment is required because we accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.