Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are a common and potentially serious problem among elderly individuals in nursing homes. Caregivers play a crucial role in preventing UTIs by following proper protocols and procedures, including providing appropriate catheter care.

Nursing home staff must follow protocols to prevent urinary tract infections ensuring that residents have access to adequate fluids, assisting with toileting and hygiene, and monitoring for signs of infection.

The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC understand the severe consequences that UTIs can have on nursing home residents.

If you suspect that your loved one has been the victim of neglect or abuse in a nursing home, contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. 

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About Heritage Health Minonk

This 49-certified Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility provides care and services to Macoupin County residents.

Not a Continuing Care Retirement Community

The nursing home is located at:

201 Locust Street

Minonk, IL 61760

(309) 432-2557

Website: https://www.heritageofcare.com/minonk

In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Heritage Health Minonk nursing home also offers other services, including:

  • Short Term Rehab
  • Hospice Care
  • RESTORE Therapy
  • Tracheostomy Care
  • Respite Care
  • Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapy
  • IV (Intravenous) Care
  • Wound Care
  • Clinical Capabilities
  • Social Services & Transportation
  • Good Samaritan – Flanagan is less than ten miles away
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Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Overall Rating for Heritage Health Minonk Nursing Home

The inspections conducted by state surveyors and investigators are an essential part of preventing abuse and neglect in nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

We know that senior citizens are often vulnerable to abuse and neglect in nursing homes, and we work to protect their rights and well-being by holding facilities accountable for their actions. Heritage Health Minonk maintains a five out of five-star health inspection rating.

Failure to Ensure Drugs and Biologicals Used in the Facility Are Labeled by Currently Accepted Professional Principles; and All Drugs and Biologicals Must Be Stored in Locked Compartments, Separately Locked, Compartments for Controlled Drugs – F#0761

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/18/2022, the state investigators determined that Heritage Health Minonk Nursing Home failed to “store Controlled II (two) medications in a double locked cart for one resident.”

The facility policy requires double locks for controlled medication storage, including in-unit dose carts. However, a resident’s report documented possible tampering with medication.

Nursing home staff interviews revealed discrepancies in policy maintenance, such as keeping narcotic keys in the cart and not double locking.

Failure to Develop the Complete Care Plan Within Seven Days of the Comprehensive Assessment by a Team of Health Professionals – F#0657

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/21/2022, the state investigators determined that Heritage Health Minonk Nursing Home failed to “include incontinence care on a resident care plan” for one resident.

The Heritage Health Minonk nursing facility’s Care Plan Process policy requires interdisciplinary team review and revision after each assessment. The resident’s Quarterly MDS assessment on 8/20/22 indicates frequent bowel and bladder incontinence, but their care plan lacks goals or interventions for urinary incontinence.

On 10/20/22 at 11:10am, the MDS Coordinator confirmed that the Comprehensive care plan included a Care Area Assessment for urinary incontinence, which should have been on the resident’s care plan.

Preventing Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes and Continuing Care Retirement Communities

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common among older adults, especially those residing in nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities. To prevent UTIs and ensure the health and well-being of residents, these facilities need to follow currently accepted professional principles.

Professional Principles to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

Proper care and management of UTIs in nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities should follow currently accepted professional principles, including:

  • Appropriate catheter care to prevent UTIs and minimize the risk of complications
  • Regular monitoring of patients with catheters to detect early signs of UTIs
  • Maintaining hygiene and cleanliness in the catheter insertion and care process
  • Encouraging patients to drink plenty of fluids to help flush bacteria out of the urinary tract
  • Prompt removal of catheters as soon as they are no longer needed
  • Using sterile techniques during catheter insertion and handling
  • Proper hand hygiene by healthcare personnel to prevent the spread of infection
  • Appropriate use of antibiotics based on sensitivity testing to treat UTIs
  • Educating patients and caregivers about UTI prevention and management strategies
  • Properly managing appropriate catheter care to prevent urinary tract infections, the spread of infections and minimize the risk of complications

The Importance of Health Inspections and Medicare Ratings

Health inspections and Medicare ratings are essential indicators of a nursing home or continuing care retirement community quality of care. Facilities that receive high ratings are more likely to provide high-quality care that meets professional standards for preventing UTIs and other health issues.

Options for Residents and Family Members

Residents and their family members should explore appealing resident options for care in nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities. These options may include:

  • Independent living, which accommodates residents who can live independently and manage their own care
  • Assisted living, which provides some level of care and support for residents who need assistance with daily living activities
  • Continuing-care retirement communities offer a range of services for residents who require continuing care and support

Do you or a family member suspect neglect or abuse in a nursing home or continuing care retirement community has caused harm? If so, legal representation can prevent potential liability and ensure that the resident receives appropriate care.

At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC, we provide compassionate, skilled legal representation to individuals harmed by neglect or abuse in nursing homes and continuing care retirement communities. We offer a free consultation and contingency fee services to hold the nursing facility financially accountable.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by neglect or abuse in Heritage Health Minonk, another nursing home, or continuing care retirement community, contact us at (888) 424-5757.

Our experienced attorneys understand the complexities and challenges of nursing home abuse cases, and we are committed to helping you pursue justice and the compensation you deserve.

We will work tirelessly to investigate your case, gather evidence, and hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions. Our team will also ensure that your loved one receives the appropriate medical treatment and ongoing care to address any harm caused by neglect or abuse.


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