The use of physical restraints in a nursing facility is strictly prohibited without authorized use by a doctor and informed consent by the resident or resident family members. Unfortunately, many nurses and certified nursing aides use restraints for convenience or discipline to minimize interaction or gain control over the patient. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many abused patients who reside at Illinois nursing homes like Care Center of Abingdon that have been restrained against their will by their caregivers.
Care Center of Abingdon
This Center is a for profit 82-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Abingdon and Knox County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
801 W. Martin St.
Abingdon, IL 61410
Abingdon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, Care Center of Abingdon maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Knox County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment of on Authorized Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "assess, document alternatives to try, Care Plan abuse of, and obtain a physician’s orders and informed consent for the use of a restraint.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Care Center of Abingdon affected one resident at the facility.
The deficient practice was first noted in the investigator’s findings of the facility’s 02/24/2015 form titled Final Abuse Allegation that documents “this is a follow-up to the abuse allegation from 02/22/2015. Upon my further investigation, it was determined that only one CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) was involved with one resident.”
The form also stated that “the CNA had put a gait belt around the wheelchair while [the CNA] was sitting at the nurses’ station with the resident. The staff member was suspended immediately pending investigation and terminated for restraining the resident.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s 02/21/2015 Care Plan that documents “physical restraints – not used.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the Certified Nursing Assistant failed to follow the facility’s March 2003 policy titled Restraints that reads in part:
“It is the policy of the facility to strictly limit the use of restraints in the facility and to promote the least restrictive environment for the resident. Physical restraint shall not be used on a resident for the purpose of discipline or convenience. An assessment done by a licensed staff and reassessment done at least every 90 days with the least restrictive restraint method to be used. Must have a signed consent by the resident or the resident’s family for the use of restraints.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision and Care to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement fall precaution interventions for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for falls.”
The investigator’s findings included a review of a resident’s 12/01/2015 through 12/31/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting that the resident “has a history of falling diagnoses. The resident’s 10/15/2015 Event Report documents that the resident “had a fall on 10/15/2015 while in [their] bathroom.” The same form documents the following the resident “had a change of plane while being toileted at 11:15 PM [...and] was sent down before [the resident] was back far enough to reach the toilet seat. [The] CNA assisted [the resident] to the floor….”
The Director of Nursing of the facility was interviewed on the morning of 12/01/2015 and stated that on 10/17/2015, the resident “was ambulating with [the assistance of the Certified Nursing Assistant] to the bathroom when [the resident] fell.” The Director “verified [the resident’s] Care Plan had been updated [the previous day] indicating that [the resident] was supposed to transfer with the stand aid, and an in-service was provided with [the resident’s] updated transfer status.
Abingdon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Care Center of Abingdon, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Abingdon nursing home attorneys can review your claim to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve for your loved one’s damages.
We encourage you to contact our Knox County elder abuse law office today by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free full case review. No upfront fees are required. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.