Staff members and employees at nursing facilities throughout the United States are required to ensure that every patient’s dignity and respect of individuality are maintained at all times. This is especially important to patients who are cognitively impaired or require an extensive level of assistance with their hygiene needs. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to properly train their employees and nursing staff, which is often to the detriment of the resident’s quality of life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent nursing home patients who have suffered insolence, disrespect and a lack of dignity while residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Charleston Rehab and Health Care Center.
Charleston Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This facility is a 139-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Charleston and Coles County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
716 18th Street
Charleston, IL 61920
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Charleston Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center provides around-the-clock skilled nursing care, along with Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Charleston Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A complete list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data for a comprehensive understanding of the level of care every nursing facility provides in their community.
Currently, Charleston Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare summary system. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections. The Coles County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality Were Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/01/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "ensure dignity [for two residents] at the facility reviewed for dining.” One failure was first noted in the investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting “a diet ordered as follows: regular with ground meats.”
In addition, the investigator reviewed the resident’s 01/06/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that documents the resident “requires extensive physical staff assist with hygiene needs.” The resident’s 01/16/2016 Care Plan documents that “Staff to maintain dignity and respect. Come back and address ADL (activities of daily living), if needed, switch to a different caregiver…”
However, the observation of a resident at 12:30 PM on 03/30/2016 was “visible to other residents, staff and visitors in the dining room.” The resident “ate a mechanical consistency of turkey, mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables with her fingers.” Three certified nursing assistants and the Activities Director/CNA “worked in the dining room during lunch. The same staff members did not acknowledge or assist [the resident], while [the resident] 8 with her fingers.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Assistant at 9:03 AM on 04/01/2016 while returning a resident “from the dining room, down the hallway, to her room via a wheelchair.” The resident “had oatmeal between her fingers on both hands, her mouth and left cheek [...which] was visible to other residents and staff during transport.”
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Medication without Authorization
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/24/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "notify the physician when omitting medication administration. This failure affected two [residents] reviewed for medications.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) that documents a physician’s order for pain medication “per hour patch, to be applied topically every three days.” However, the same “MAR (Medication Administration Record) documents a circled initial on 11/29/2015 to identify the [pain medication] patch was not applied.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Nurse Practitioner on the afternoon of 03/24/2016 who stated “the doctor should have been notified that [the resident] missed their [pain medication] patch on the 11/29/2015, that did not happen.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Charleston Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center failed to follow the facility’s 07/03/2013 Medication Administration Policy that reads in part:
“Notify the physician as soon as practical when a scheduled dose of the medication has not been administered for any reason.”
Charleston Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or harm while a patient at Charleston Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law offices today. Our seasoned Illinois nursing home attorneys can provide your family immediate legal intervention to stop the abuse and mistreatment of your loved one now. In addition, our law firm can handle the entire process of obtaining the financial compensation your loved one deserves for the inappropriate actions of their caregivers.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Coles County elder abuse law office by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a no-obligation, initial case consultation at no charge to you. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases, and nursing home neglect/abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements, to avoid the need of making an upfront payment.