Before any doctor in a nursing facility can prescribe a resident an antipsychotic medication, they are required to follow procedures and protocols including performing a comprehensive assessment. In addition, the nursing staff are required to routinely develop and enforce less invasive interventions to reduce the dosage of antipsychotic drugs or eliminate their use altogether. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures and instead choose to keep the patient heavily drugged in an effort to manage their behavior, which is often detriment to the resident’s quality of life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment who have been given unnecessary medications while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Centralia Manor.
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 120-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing home providing services to residents of Centralia and Washington County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
1910 East McCord Route
Centralia, Il 62801
In addition to providing long-term nursing care, Centralia Manor also provides respite care and hospice care.
Centralia Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every opened investigation, filed complaint, safety concern and health violation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, Centralia Manor maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes in the US. This five out of five stars for health inspections and three out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures. The Washington County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld injury lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/18/2014, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "provide timely initiation of a behavior program and qualitative and quantitative documentation of behaviors with specific individualized interventions for the use of antipsychotic medications.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Centralia Manor affected one resident diagnosed with behavioral disturbances who was “receiving psychoactive medications.”
The state investigator noted after a review of the resident’s records that interventions for the resident’s agitated behaviors to be “verbal and attempted to strike out at another resident” and “resist care, cursing, social inappropriate gestures and physical” to list the interventions that include “approach resident at a later time, encourage resident to do as much as possible from self and try different staff.”
It was also noted that the “same tracking form has a total of three behaviors listed which all occurred in the month of January 2014 and the interventions used for these three behaviors were to encourage the resident to do as much for self and try different staff.” However, “these two behavior occurrences do not have any documented interventions attempted.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s nurse’s Notes recording 22 behaviors regarding anger and aggression between 10/22/2013 and 05/10/2014. However, “there is no documentation as to what specific, individualized interventions were used or if they help to reduce/stop the behaviors or how long the behaviors occurred.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/18/2014, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure adequate infection control measures were implemented during the use and cleaning a blood glucose monitoring devices.” The deficient practice was noted during an observation of routine blood glucose monitoring.
An observation was made of a Registered Nurse at 11:00 AM on 05/14/2014 “performing a finger stick blood glucose test four [the resident].” The registered nurse “placed a basket was supplies on [the resident’s] bed without a barrier [...and] removed the blood glucose monitor from the basket and set it on [the resident’s] bed without a barrier. After completing the test, [the Registered Nurse] placed a supply basket and the blood glucose monitor directly on top of the medication cart without a barrier.”
The state investigator noted that the “manufacturer’s directions for keeping the blood glucose monitoring device free of contamination requires bleach wiping.” The direction state “wipe surface with towel until completely wet…”
Earlier that same morning, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was observed “performing a finger stick blood glucose test for [the resident].” The LPN “placed monitoring or device on [the resident’s] over-the-bed table without a barrier. After completing the test, [the LPN] set the monitoring device on top of the medication cart without a barrier, prior to cleaning with the bleach wipe.”
Centralia Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was injured or harmed while a patient at Centralia Manor, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our Centralia law firm can provide various options and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing your loved one harm both and legally and financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Washington County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, initial case evaluation without charge. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse claims for compensation, personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements.