Many families have limited options in placing a loved one in a long-term care facility to ensure they receive the highest level of hygiene assistance and nursing care. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes train their Registered Nurses, licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants adequately to ensure that they follow procedures and protocols when providing cares and services to the residents. For years, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal representation Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered neglect, mistreatment and abuse at long-term care (LTC) facilities like Big Meadows.
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid-accepted ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Longmoor and Carroll County, Illinois. The 83-certified-bed Home is located at:
Savannah, IL 61074
The facility provides Alzheimer’s/dementia care, respite care and hospice services along with support and education for family members.
Longmoor LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the state of Illinois routinely updates their nursing home database system. This data reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous websites including Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Carrol County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed incidents, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to provide ADL (Activities of Daily Living) Care for Dependent Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated a formal complaint was opened against the facility by a state investigator for its failure to “provide incontinence care for an incontinent resident.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to offer and provide hand hygiene for residents following the use of the bathroom.” The failure “applies to two residents… reviewed for incontinence care and… hygiene of one resident.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s June 2016 Admittance Face Sheet noting the resident had a diagnosis of dementia.” The resident’s 06/20/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “is totally dependent on staff for hygiene and bathing and is always incontinent of urine and stool.” The Plan of Care also revealed “an intervention of nursing to provide good peri-care after each incontinent/involuntary episode.”
An observation of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and an Agency CNA was made on the morning of 08/20/2016 transferring a resident “into bed using a mechanical lift.” The Agency CNA rolled the resident “onto his left side and began removing his pants and incontinence brief [...and] said the brief was wet with urine.” While performing peri-care, the resident was rolled “onto his left side” and the CNA failed to clean off the urine before applying “barrier cream to the buttocks. Both buttocks appeared red and irritated.”
The surveyor interviewed the Agency CNA that morning who said “I just got him up not that long ago and he was not that incontinent. I guess I should have washed up his bottom too.” During an interview with the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) also providing the resident care that same morning, the LPN said “she would expect the buttocks and peri-area to be cleaned after the incontinent episode before barrier cream is applied.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated policy titled Intensive Skin Care Prevention and Treatment Protocol that reads in part:
“Peri-care will be given using soap and water after each incontinence episode.”
A separate incident was also documented the same morning when another resident “was in his bathroom, sitting on the toilet and using a urinal.” The resident “said he was done and needed help to get to his recliner.” Another Certified Nursing Assistant “took the urinal from [the resident] and placed it on the back of the toilet. Without offering [the resident] to wash his hands after handling the urinal, the Agency CNA and the facility CNA stood the resident up to pull his pants up and then transferred him to his recliner using his wheelchair before they exited the room.
In an interview with that Certified Nursing Assistant, it was revealed that the resident “uses the urinal while on the toilet, and [the CNA] should have offered to wash his hands before placing him in the recliner.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 05/17/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealing that “he requires total dependence on staff for toilet use and extensive assistance for personal hygiene.”
Longmoor Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one suffered an injury while a resident of Big Meadows, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our seasoned Longmoor attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Carrol County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for a complimentary, initial case review. There is no need for an upfront payment for our services because our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning at trial or by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.