The development of any facility-acquired bedsore in a nursing home has the potential of causing life-threatening changes in a patient’s condition. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols to quickly identify, assess and treat the development of any new sore. However, due to overcrowded conditions, minimal staffing or lack of training, many facilities failed to provide adequate cares and services to residents with wounds. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois nursing homes like Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Carlinville Rehab and Health Care Center
This facility is a ‘for-profit’ 98-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Carlinville and Macoupin County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
751 N. Oak St.
Carlinville Illinois 62626
As a part of the Tutera Senior Living and Health Care Community, Carlinville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides around-the-clock skilled nursing care, and comprehensive health services including home health, hospice, memory care, and post-surgery rehabilitation.
Carlinville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Carlinville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Monitor Wounds to Ensure the Residents Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "identify, treat and monitor wounds. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Carlinville Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center affected two residents.
One failure was first noted in investigator’s findings involving a cognitively impaired resident who “requires extensive to total assistance on staff for bed mobility and transfers.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s 05/20/2016 Care Plan that documents of the resident is “at risk for pressure ulcers due to in mobility with the goal to have intact skin, free of redness, blisters and discoloration” with interventions including “assess skin with all cares, report anything identified, and weekly skin assessments.”
A review of the resident’s 06/02/2016 weekly skin assessment documented “no new skin issues and none present at the time.” However, and observation of two certified nursing aides on the morning of 06/07/2016 transferring the resident from his bed to a wheelchair by use a mechanical lift revealed that the resident “had a line of small black scabs present on the outside of his left ankle and a baseball size bruise which was brown/yellowish and purple on his left hip. None of these wounds appeared to be new and all had thick black scabs on them.”
- Failure to Provide Care and Services to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2016, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "identify, assess, monitor and prevent new pressure sores from developing.” This deficient practice affected five residents. The investigator noted that “this failure resulted facility acquired ulcer for [a resident] identified by an increase in size and 90% slough wound bed in one week.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s 05/17/2016 Care Plan that identifies the resident “to have an in-house acquired sacral pressure ulcer with interventions directing staff to assess skin with all cares and report, air flow mattress and wheelchair cushion, offloading boots, float heels in bed and turned/repositioned every two hours and more frequently if needed in part.”
However, the investigator observed the resident every fifteen minutes from 9:15 AM to 11:57 AM on 06/07/2016 and noted that the resident “was provided for incontinent care.” At 15 minute intervals for nearly 2 hours, the resident was observed to remain “on his right side without repositioning [...and] the soiled loose coccyx dressing had not been changed [throughout the morning] according to the Certified Nursing Aide who was in the room getting him up for lunch.”
Carlinville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing at Carlinville Rehab and Health Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can intervene on the family’s behalf to ensure that their loved one receives a higher level of care at their facility, or assist the family in transferring them to a new location. In addition, our law firm can handle the family’s claim for financial compensation.
We encourage you to contact our Macoupin area elder abuse law office today by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation, initial case review at no charge. No upfront fees are required to handle your case.