Staff members at many Illinois nursing homes will often use physical restraints for convenience to minimize the level of supervision and monitoring provided to residents with special needs. However, unauthorized use of chemical or physical restraints is strictly prohibited by Illinois and federal government statutes. Even so, the rights of patients are often stripped away without regard to their diminished quality of life and restricted mobility. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who rights were disregarded at Illinois nursing facilities like Collinsville Rehabilitation.
Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Collinsville Rehab is a ‘for-profit’ 94-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Collinsville and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
614 N. Summit
Collinsville, IL 62234
As a part of the Peterson Healthcare System, Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides around-the-clock skilled nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Collinsville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with full details of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to make informed decisions concerning where to place their loved one in a nursing home within their local community.
Currently, Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes one out of five stars for health inspections, staffing issues and quality measures. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment to Every Resident Free of Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/05/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "assess the risks of restraints and provide a medical reason to justify the use of restraints.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Peterson Healthcare System -- Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center directly affected two residents at this facility.
The state investigator’s findings included an observation of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in the afternoon of 05/05/2016 who asked the resident “to release his belt and [the resident] was unable to releases belt.” At that time, the CNA stated that the resident “uses the safety belt to keep [prevent] him from falling out of the wheelchair.”
A few minutes later, a second Certified Nursing Assistant stated: “I think the seatbelt keeps [the resident] from falling out of the chair. He sometimes likes to lean to the side of his chair.” An observation was made of the resident two days earlier at 12:35 PM on 05/03/2016 while “sitting at the dining room table in his wheelchair with a self-release seat belt strapped around his waist.
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s 01/25/2016 Care Plan that documents “self-release belt in place to help remind the resident to remain in a wheelchair and wait for help as needed.” The resident’s 05/03/2016 Restraint/Enabler Assessment revealed a “self-release seat belt – resident can release seat belt when asked.”
However, the portion of the assessment noting the “Diagnosis/Medical Symptoms” was “left blank”, which is in violation of state and federal nursing home regulations. Investigator also noted that the actions of the Administrator and nursing staff at the facility failed to follow their undated Physical Restraint Policy that reads in part:
“Physical restraints shall not be used for the purpose of discipline or convenience.”
- Failure to Take Steps to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/25/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow proper hand hygiene during incontinence care.”
The findings of the state investigator involved an observation of two certified nursing aide (CNAs) on the morning of 02/23/2016 who “donned gloves and assisted [the resident] to his right side to provide incontinent care.” At that time, one of the CNAs “cleansed [the resident’s] inner buttocks and rectal area while wearing gloves [...and then] touched [the resident’s] hip, sheets, pad, and searched in [the resident’s] drawer for barrier cream without removing their soiled gloves and or washing hands.”
Afterward, the second CNA “provided incontinent care while wearing gloves, but again, failed to remove/change them before touching [the resident’s] sheets, hips, and clothes. Both [Certified Nursing Assistants] applied barrier cream to [the resident’s] skin while wearing their soiled gloves.”
Collinsville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one’s rights to dignity, respect and mobility have been stripped away while residing at Collinsville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 to discuss your legal options. Our Madison County nursing home attorneys can ensure your loved one receives the financial compensation they deserve for their damages.
We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases, and nursing home abuse/mistreatment claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means all of our legal services are paid only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on behalf of your family.