Every nursing facility in Illinois is required to provide updated information to the physician and/or legal representative anytime there’s a change in a resident’s medical condition. Any failure to do so could diminish the resident’s quality of life or compromise their overall health. Unfortunately, the Princeton Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered needlessly due to the careless actions of their caregiver’s failure to follow established procedures and protocols.Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre
Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is a 92-bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Princeton and Bureau County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
515 Bureau Valley Pkwy.
Princeton, IL 61356
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, the facility also offers short-term rehabilitation and specialty programs including care for Alzheimer’s/dementia, cardiac rehabilitation, orthopedic care, and hospice.
Princeton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect the historical information of all opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on facilities nationwide. The uploaded information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. However, our Princeton Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Inform a Resident’s Legal Representative of a Change in Their Medical Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/14/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify a Representative of a change in medication and an increase in adverse behaviors involving [one resident at the facility] reviewed for notification of changes.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center involved a severely cognitively impaired resident.
The incident involved a review of a resident’s 03/23/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) the documents “in order to increase [the resident’s] Seroquel (antipsychotic) [medication] from 50 milligrams to 100 milligrams by mouth at bedtime. The same form documents increase of [mood stabilizing medications] from two times daily to three times daily.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Nurse’s Notes dated from 03/19/2016 through 03/23/2016 that “documents multiple adverse behaviors. The same form documents that the new medication orders were received for the increase in adverse behaviors.” However, the investigator noted that there “is no documentation of [the resident’s] representative being notified of the increase adverse behaviors or change of medication.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s March 2016 policy titled Change in Condition or Status – Notification that reads in part:
“Our facility shall promptly notify the resident, his or her Attending Physician, and representative (sponsor) of changes in the resident’s medical/mental condition and/or status (e.g. changes in the level of care… resident’s rights, etc.) … When there is a significant change in the resident’s physical, mental or psychosocial status.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/20/2014, the state investigator previously noted the facility’s failure “to notify the physician of a change in the condition of a pressure ulcer.” This deficient practice involved one resident at the facility “review for condition changes.”
The state investigator noted that the findings included a detailed 03/10/2015 Wound Assessment Details Report that documents that the resident had “left heel wound at 3.5 centimeters by 3.5 centimeters.” Seven days later at noon on 03/17/2014, a registered nurse providing care “measured the pressure ulcer on [the resident’s] left heel ulcer at a dimension of 6.0 centimeters by 4.0 centimeter.”
As a part of the investigation, a review of the resident’s Wound Assessment Details Report dated 03/06/2014, 03/10/2014 03/17/2014 failed to provide any evidence that the resident’s “physician was notified of any of [the resident’s] wound assessment details.” This deficient practice was noted as a failure to follow the facility’s Change in Condition Policy that states in part:
“The Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse will notify the resident’s Attending Physician or On-Call Physician when there has been a significant change in the resident’s physical/emotional/mental condition.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the resident’s physician on 03/18/2014 who stated that “The facility has not made me aware of any changes in [the resident’s] wound on the left heel.”
If your loved one was harmed, injured, abused or neglected while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Colonial Healthcare and Rehabilitation Centre, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Princeton elder abuse attorneys can ensure your financial case for compensation is successfully resolved.
Contact our Bureau County elder abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today for a no-obligation, free case consultation. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse/neglect claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. We are paid for our legal fees only after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.