Any time an antipsychotic medication is used in an Illinois long-term care Center, the nursing staff and administration must take appropriate measures including obtaining an informed consent from the resident’s Guardian and approval from the facility’s Human Rights Committee. Unfortunately, not all Homes follow established protocols, which are in direct violation of Illinois state law and nursing home regulations. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent abused and injured residents of Illinois long-term care homes like Carthage Terrace to ensure their rights are protected.
This facility is a 16-certified-bed ‘for profit’ LTC Home providing services and cares to residents of Carthage and Hancock County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Center is located at:
1205 North Center Street
Carthage, Illinois 62321
Carthage LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to obtain a complete list of all filed complaints, incident inquiries, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The regularly updated information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which LTC facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Hancock County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Obtain Proper Authorization for a Change in a Resident’s Medication That Controls Undesirable Behaviors
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/12/2016, the state investigator noted during an inspection of care that the facility failed to “ensure the facility Human Rights Committee approved medication changes which controlled undesirable behaviors for [a resident] who took behavior medications.” The failure involved a 68-year-old female diagnosed with a severe intellectual disability, bipolar disorder and depression.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) that revealed an order for prescription medications including Lamotrigine (to treat bipolar disorder), and Paroxetine (to treat Depression), both to be given at bedtime.
The state investigator reminded the facility that “the committee should review, proof, and monitor individual programs designed to manage inappropriate behavior and other programs that, in the opinion of the committee, involve risks to client protection of rights.”
An interview was conducted on the morning of 07/12/2016 with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) who was asked “if she could provide documentation that their Human Rights Committee approved these two medications.” The Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional replied “No.”
- Failure to Obtain a Guardian’s Consent for the Use or Increase in Dosage of a Highly Restricted Psychotropic Medication
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/12/2016, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure written consent was obtained for medication to control behavior for [an individual in the facility] who takes medication to control behaviors.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a 51-year-old male resident’s July 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) who was diagnosed with a Moderate Intellectual Disability, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Uncontrolled Agitation, Depression and Atypical Autism. The resident’s 10/01/2015 MAR (Medication Administration Record) Form revealed that the resident receives “a nightly dose of trazodone increased to 100 milligrams which began on 09/12/2015.”
Trazodone is a highly effective antidepressant sedative with serious side effects, indications, and interactions. As a part of the investigation, the State Surveyor interviewed the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on 07/12/2016 and asked “if she could provide documentation of a written consent from [the resident’s guardian] to approve this medication increase.” The facility staff member replied “No.”
- Failure to Follow Established Protocols That Protect Residents from Wandering Away from the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/18/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “implement their system to prevent neglect when the facility failed to:
Provide appropriate supervision when an individual who was on a ‘trial visit’ eloped from the facility and entered a neighbor’s house…
Conduct a thorough investigation and provide a list of considerations relevant to the prevention of further incidents…”
The incident involved an individual “who while on a trial visit at the facility, eloped from the facility and entered a neighbor’s house without staff being made aware of it. The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and employees caused deficiencies that include:
“Policies and procedures that prohibit neglect…”
“Report it to authorities in accordance with state law…”
“Must take corrective action…”
“Must have evidence all alleged violations are investigated…”
Carthage Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while residing at Carthage Terrace, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm. Let our knowledgeable Carthage attorneys file and successfully resolve your neglect or abuse case that happened in an Illinois nursing home.
We urge you to contact our Hancock County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to obtain legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.