The use of psychotropic (anti-psychotic) medications for Illinois long-term care facilities are strictly regulated by federal and state nursing home agencies for the protection of the resident. Some established protocols include the use of an informed consent by the resident or the resident’s guardian. Without consent, the use of antipsychotic drugs is strictly prohibited and illegal. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers follow these established guidelines, which is often highly detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to residents of Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Country View Terrace who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
Country View Terrace
This LTC Facility is a 16-certified-bed Long-Term Care Center providing services to residents of Louisville and Clay County, Illinois. The LTC Home is located at:
52 Old Route 45
Louisville, IL 62858
Louisville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois government care home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a comprehensive list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints, incident inquiries, and opened investigations of every facility throughout Illinois.
The Clay County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home. Some of the most serious concerns involve:
- Failure to Ensure Receives Proper Authorization for the Use of Psychotropic Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/27/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure [a resident's] rights were protected when they fail to have a guardian consent in place for psychotropic medications being administered.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the 66-year-old male resident’s 05/25/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing that the individual “functions at a Profound Level of Intellectual Disability.” The document also revealed physician’s orders directing the staff to administer psychotropic medications including fluoxetine, paliperidone, lithium carbonate and mirtazapine.”
However, it was noted that the resident’s “record did not document guardian consent for the mirtazapine 30 milligrams.” An interview was conducted with the facility Administrator/Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) in the early afternoon of 06/23/2016 who stated when asked about the consent for mirtazapine, “I don’t have one. I thought it had been discontinued.”
- Failure to Ensure the Resident’s Medications Are Administered in Accordance with the Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, an Illinois state investigator noted during an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure three residents at the facility “observed during medication administration receive medication as ordered on the Physician Order Sheets (POS)."
After reviewing the facility’s Client Roster and observing the actions of the DSP (Direct Support Person) at 3:35 PM on 07/06/2015 administering medications including gabapentin, it was noted that a resident had a physician’s order to receive gabapentin during their sleeping hours and not at 4:00 PM, as it was observed.
A separate incident was noted after reviewing a resident’s 06/29/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting that the resident is “to receive allows a peanut 4:00 PM.”
The investigator conducted an interview in the early afternoon of 07/07/2015 with the Social Services Assistant who stated that “the medications were given at the appropriate times [...and] said the times documented on the Physician Order Sheet (POS) were pharmacy errors." The Assistant also indicated that the discrepancies were not clarified with the physician by the nurse and stated “when the medications come to the facility, if the time is wrong, she changes the time of the medication administration record to the correct time.”
The state investigator “asked if the Registered Nurse checked the Physician Order Sheets (POS), MARs (Medication Administration Records) or the medications.” The Social Services Assistant stated “if the nurse doesn’t get a chance to then I checked them for her.”
The investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse Consultant who “confirmed there was no documentation on the times medications were to be administered to [multiple residents and] also confirmed she was not routinely checking the medications, medication administration record or the physicians order sheets as per the guidelines.”
The facility was reminded that “the system for drug administration must ensure that all drugs are administered in compliance with the physician’s orders.”
Louisville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been neglected, mistreated or abused while residing at Country View Terrace, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our reputable Louisville attorneys working on your behalf can successfully resolve your abuse, neglect or mistreatment victim case against the Illinois long-term care facility, the Administrator, Quality Intellectual Disability Professional and staff members who caused your loved one harm.
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