Many residents in nursing facilities lack the capacity to move on their own between locations and require the assistance of the nursing home staff for transfers. For many residents, just moving from the wheelchair to the bed or toilet requires another individual and/or mechanical lifts for assistance. In fact, the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents of suffered serious injuries from falling during the transfer.
Many avoidable injuries happen from improper transfers of residents in nursing facilities. This is often due to a lack of training, understaffing, inadequate equipment or a lack of a well-defined care plan.Covenant Health Care Center – Batavia
Covenant Health Care Center – Batavia is 99 Medicare/Medicaid bed facility. Covenant Health Care is a church-related, non-profit nursing home serving Kane County. The facility is located at:
831 N. Batavia Ave.
Batavia, Illinois 60510
The facility provides various medical services that include: assisted living, memory care, adult day care, independent living, hospice care, substance rehab, and mental health care.Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Our law firm remains dedicated to providing Illinois nursing home residents legal advocacy to protect their rights and ensure they receive the highest quality of care. We continuously review publicly available information regarding filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations at facilities all throughout the state. We provide this information in an effort to assist family members with loved ones in nursing homes, or those looking for the best nursing facility in their community.
Every month, the federal government updates their five-star rating summary system that evaluates nursing facilities nationwide and places the results on their website Medicare.gov. Currently, Covenant Health Care Center – Batavia maintains a five out of five available stars rating. Even so, our Batavia nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous concerns by state investigators. Two of those events involved:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Develop a Care Plan to Ensure the Resident’s Safety While Transferring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the safety of residents by not assessing and/or evaluating resident’s ability to utilize mechanical lift prior to using the lift for transfer.”
The failure involved a resident admitted to the facility who was cognitively impaired and required the extensive assistance of two staff persons for transfers. A review of the resident’s records “showed no assessment for the use of the sit-to-stand mechanical lift device. Our 03/15/2016 at 1:25 PM [the resident] was being transferred from the wheelchair to the toilet and then to the bed using the sit-to-stand mechanical lift device” while being assisted by two Certified Nursing Assistants.
While the Certified Nursing Assistants encouraged the resident to hold onto the bars of the mechanical lift device, the resident was unable to do so because the resident’s left hand was swollen. Even so, the Assistants continued to transfer the resident who remained in the seated position during the entire transfer. The actions of the CNAs and the nursing staff were in violation of the facility’s revised November 2002 Safe Patient Handling Policy that states “relevant resident strength limitations are identified and documented, including observations of weight-bearing status, resident cooperation and upper extremity strength and trunk control. Strength and limitations will be identified in the Care Plan.”
- Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to a Resident to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "refer the resident with facility acquired pressure sore to the dietitian immediately for a reassessment of [their] nutritional status. The facility also failed to include interventions such as repositioning and providing pressure relieving device in the resident’s Care Plan to promote healing and prevent new pressure sores from developing.”
The failures involve the resident admitted to the facility with severe cognitive impairment “after experiencing a fall at home, resulting in the left humerus (upper arm) fracture.” An observation by the resident’s physician on 03/15/2016 show that the resident’s pressure ulcer was caused by the pressure of sitting in the same position and from excess incontinence moisture.”
Note by the surveyor also showed that “the facility lacked documentation to show [the resident’s] nutritional needs were being reassessed until four weeks after the discovery of her Stage III pressure ulcer.”
If your loved one residing in Covenant Health Care Center – Batavia or any other nursing facility in Illinois has suffered harm, injury, mistreatment or abuse, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our reputable law firm understands the complexity of elder abuse cases and can provide various legal options on how to seek and obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
We provide a free initial consultation to evaluate the facts and evidence in your case. We encourage you to contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment. Our Illinois elder abuse law offices accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse cases through contingency arrangements so no upfront fees are required.