Not every form of abuse occurring in Illinois nursing facilities is by physical or sexual assault. Many patients must endure verbal abuse from their caregivers. Often times, these cases go unreported out of fear of retaliation or the patient’s inability to speak out in their defense. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent many verbally abused residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Danville Care Center to ensure their rights are protected and the perpetrator is held legally and financially accountable.Danville Care Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 200-certified-bed nursing home providing services and care to residents of Danville and Vermillion County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted facility is located at:
1701 North Bowman
Danville, Il 61832
in addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Danville Care Center also provides rehabilitation therapies.Danville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Danville Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Vermillion County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have foundr various safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Notify Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/02/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician for [the resident’s] draining wound and failure to notify the physician of problems flushing [the resident’s ongoing IV] subcutaneous port.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the resident’s April 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) providing direction to the nursing staff to “flush [the resident] port every day shift on the 17th of every month beginning 02/20/2016 with five milliliters heparin flush when not in use.” In addition, the resident’s 02/22/2060 Care Plan documents “to monitor the site for signs and symptoms of infection and signs or symptoms of infection at the site, to notify the physician immediately.”
However, the state investigator noted that the resident’s April 2016 TAR (Treatment Administration Record) “does not document [that the resident’s] port was flushed on 04/17/2016 as ordered.” In addition, the Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care reviewed the resident’s TAR stating “there were no initials documenting the flush was done to [the resident’s] right chest port on 04/17/2016” as ordered by the physician.
Additionally, the Licensed Practical Nurse stated that on “04/24/2016 around 9:00 PM, they were administering the resident’s “medication to the resident when the resident reported having drainage to the right port.” The Licensed Practical Nurse stated “there was drainage on [the resident’s] shirt [...and] the drainage was yellowish in color and no odor.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 04/20/2016 who stated that they “were aware of the resident’s port and the port is being flushed once a month.” The Director also stated that “if the resident reported drainage to the Registered Nurse, the Registered Nurse should have done an assessment… and if the drainage from the port was discolored or odor was present than [the resident’s physician] should have been notified to request an order for a wound culture.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Verbal Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/02/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "ensure a resident was free from verbal abuse.”
The state investigator noted upon review of a resident’s 04/01/2016 Progress Notes that the “resident made allegations of verbal abuse bry a CNA on 03/31/2016, no injuries occurred…”
The facility’s 04/07/2016 Incident Report Form documented 03/31/2016 incident involving the resident and the Certified Nursing Assistant. A Licensed Practical Nurse witnessed the incident and documented that they “walked into the resident’s room and asked why she would not take a shower." At this point, the Certified Nursing Assistant “was observed coming to the resident’s room stating loudly ‘[the resident] don’t lie, you know you were refusing and that I told you after my morning people were gotten up in all my beds were made I was going to give you a shower’… ‘Well, I’m going to be a (B….) (Expletive) now and you’re not getting your shower today'.”
If you believe your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused as a patient at Danville Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve verbal, physical and mental abuse. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receives sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
We urge you to contact our Vermilion County elder abuse law office today at 888 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation inital case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.