Any spread of infection in a nursing home has the potential of diminishing a resident’s overall health. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures and protocols any time a new patient is admitted to the home with an infection. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to follow these protocols which can expose every resident to infectious diseases, dangerous contaminants, viruses, and bacteria. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to individuals who have acquired preventable infections while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Carlyle Healthcare Center.
Carlyle Healthcare Center
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ 109-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Carlisle and Clinton County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
501 Clinton St.
Carlyle IL 62231
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers speech, occupational and physical therapies along with hospice care, respite care, and sub-acute care.
Carlyle Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with full details of all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Carlyle Health Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and three out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Clinton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement fall interventions.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for falls.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the investigator’s findings involving a resident “who requires extensive two-person physical assist for toileting.” The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) documents that the resident’s standing balance as not steady, only able to stabilize with staff assistance from seated to standing position.”
The state investigator interviewed the resident at 1:50 PM on 02/17/2016 who stated “I fell back in October. I was using the toilet and was with [a Certified Nursing Assistant] when my knees gave out and I fell to the floor and broke my leg. It was awful. No one was in the room with us, just me and [the CNA] until after the fall.”
The Certified Nursing Assistant was interviewed later that day and stated “I remember [the resident] having a fall back may be back in October [...and the resident] got up from the toilet and went and turned and fell. I was by myself with her when it happened. I’m not sure what type of transfer she was. I don’t know, maybe she was a one [person] assist. I think she had previous falls as she even fell during therapy with the same thing happening as her knees gave out. Her knees were weak.”
A review of the resident’s 08/14/2015 Incident Report documented that “the resident was in bed was being transferred by a CNA from bed to bedside commode and once [the resident] stood she stated ‘oh my knees are getting weak’ with the CNA lowered resident slowly to the floor. No injuries noted.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 04/24/2015 Transfer Policy that reads in part:
“It is the policy of this facility to follow the rules of body mechanics and other safety and comfort measures when performing transfer techniques.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies That Eliminate the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "adequately collect data to calculate and analyze infection rates, for infections entering the facility from the community, [and a failure] to operationalize its infection control policies to adequately define infection control practices for infections entering the facility from the community. This has the potential to affect all of the 86 residents living in the community.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s February 2016 Infection Control Log and noted that the log “does not document the pathogens causing urinary tract infections for [three residents] after they returned from the community hospital with antibiotic treatment for urinary tract infections.”
Carlyle Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated while residing as a patient at Carlyle Healthcare Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can take action to ensure that your family receives the financial recompense they deserve for your loved one’s damages.
We encourage you to contact our Clinton County elder abuse law offices by calling 888 424-5757 today to schedule your free, initial case evaluation without obligation. We accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency to avoid an upfront fee or retainer.