Any fall-related injury occurring to the nursing home resident can jeopardize their health and well-being. Unfortunately, elders tend to fall due to a loss of balance. Sadly, the Lincoln elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered falling injuries caused by a lack of monitoring or supervision by the nursing home staff.
Slipping and tripping accidents occurring in nursing facilities occur for various reasons that could include:
- Slippery or wet floors
- Cluttered debris in hallways and resident rooms
- Broken handrails in the hallways
- Poor lighting
- Nonworking call buttons
- Poor foot care
- Not following interventions when moving or transferring residents between their bed and wheelchair or wheelchair and toilet
- Tripping hazards
- Physical restraints
- Medication overdoses or psychoactive drugs that cause drowsiness, dizziness or fatigue
- Gait (walking) problems linked to dehydration or malnutrition
- Ill-fitted or improperly maintained wheelchairs
- Failing to provide adequate supervision or monitoring of residents
Christian Village Nursing Home is an 112-certified Medicaid/Medicare-participating nonprofit nursing facility providing services to residents of Lincoln and Logan County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1507 Seventh Street
Lincoln, Illinois 62656
Christian Village provides independent and assistant living options in addition to short-term rehabilitation, memory care, respite care, and hospice services.Lincoln Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing facility databases in an effort to reflect the latest opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on homes nationwide. The information is then posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov on their star rating summary service comparative analysis tool.
Currently, Christian Village Nursing Home maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for staffing issues and health concerns. However, our Lincoln nursing home neglect attorneys have found one non-compliance deficiency that caused actual harm to a resident.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/28/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow their gait belt and transfer policies during a resident transfer and [a failure to] implement current care plan interventions to prevent further falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Christian Village Nursing Home involved two residents at the facility including one resident who “fell and sustained a left forehead laceration that required nine sutures to be placed at the local emergency room.”
The investigation included a review a resident’s Electronic Fall Care Plan that provided the staff fall interventions including: “10/10/2013 – Ensure that [the resident] is wearing appropriate footwear with non-skid soles when ambulating and mobilizing a wheelchair.” In a separate directive dated 01/16/2015, the documentation showed “Tab alarm at all times, position tab alarm in the middle upper back. Verify alarm in place and functioning with each care.” By 09/12/2015, the documentation revealed directions for transferring the resident to include “Two-person assist, both sides during transfer to and from bed; sitting to standing and standing to sitting; wheelchair to commode and commode to a wheelchair.”
The resident’s falling incident was first documented on 12/30/2015 in the Post-Fall Investigation stating that the resident “fell while transferring from wheelchair to the toilet with, transfer assist of one person. This same report documents a gait belt was not used at the time [the resident] was transferred and [the resident] was wearing plain socks only.” The investigator noted that the 12/30/2015 Investigation a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) was transferring the resident “to the toilet from [the resident’s] wheelchair when [the resident] lost their balance falling forward striking the left side of [their] head on the floor, causing a laceration approximately three centimeters long. Receive stitches at the local emergency room to their forehead laceration.”
The investigator noted this was not the first time that the resident had fallen. The facility’s 12/01/2015 Post-Fall Investigation Form documented that the resident “fell out of a wheelchair and was barefoot at the time of the fall. The same report documents the chair alarm [was] not on [the resident at the time].” The investigator conducted an interview with the Assistant Director of Nursing at the facility on 01/26/2016 who said that “the facility staff should be following all interventions in place on [the resident’s] current care plan.”
If your loved one is suffered harm in a series falling injury while residing at Christian Village Nursing Home or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide various legal options to assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve. Our Logan County elder abuse attorneys can help you take immediate action to hold those responsible legally accountable for their negligence.
We accept all nursing home neglect claims for compensation, personal injury cases, and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our services after we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement or win your case at trial. Contact our Lincoln Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation consultation.