Every patient living in a long-term care facility in Illinois must be provided the highest level of quality care and assistance with their health and hygiene needs. Quality care ensures the resident's health and well-being are consistently and constantly maintained. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, assisted living centers and long-term care facilities follow established procedures and protocols or fail to train their employees on the effective ways of meeting every resident’s needs. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse who reside in Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Diamondview.
The level of substandard or inappropriate care occurring in long-term facilities is a serious problem at federal and state levels. In many incidences, the employees failed to provide the necessary services and cares, or fail to take the care plan of the resident seriously. Other times, the nursing staff improperly uses behavior modifying drugs, physical restraints or other measures that minimize the need for resident supervision or ongoing monitoring. In some cases, the resident is abused or neglected on an ongoing basis unless they or a loved one speak up.
This Facility is a Center providing services to residents of Centralia and Marion County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
338 Country Club Rd.
Centralia, IL 62801
Centralia Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can download statistics from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to view a comprehensive historical list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints of every facility statewide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care each community long-term care facility provides its patients.
The Marion County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Ensure the Nursing Staff Follows Physician’s Orders When Administering Residents’ Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/11/2010, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey of their failure to “ensure the facility staff document when medications ordered by the physician on a PRN (as needed) basis are given and that the response of the medication is documented.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected two individuals “who received aerosol medications.”
One failure involved a review of a resident’s 03/08/2010 records indicating the resident “functions in a Severe Level of Mental Retardation." The resident’s 02/11/2010 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident receives “ProAire Inhaler two plus every 3 to 4 hours [as needed] when wheezing.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) between 02/16/2010 and 03/15/2010 that documented that the resident “receive this medication 24 times between 02/16/2010 and 03/04/2010.” However, it was noted that the “staff did not document the time the ProAire Inhaler two plus was administered [nor] did they document her response to the medication.”
The investigator noted a second failure of the facility after reviewing their 03/08/2010 Facility Roster that revealed that a resident “functions in a Moderate Level of Mental Retardation.” The resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) between 02/16/2010 through 03/15/2010 revealed the resident was diagnosed with “Asthma.”
A review of the resident’s 02/18/2010 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident “is to receive albuterol 2.5 milligrams … via a nebulizer every 3 to 4 hours PRN (as needed)."
A review of the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) between 02/16/2010 in 03/15/2010 documents that the resident “received albuterol two point five milligrams per nebulizer 36 times. Fourteen of the 36 times the Direct Service Persons (DSPs) initial the medication was given [but failed to] document the time [the resident] receive the medication. Nor did the staff document [the resident’s] response to the medication or the reason was given to him.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) at approximately 4:30 PM on 03/09/2010 who stated that “the staff should document on the back of the MAR (Medication Administration Record) sheet the reason a PRN [as needed] medication is given and the response the client has to the medication.” The Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) also indicated that they [the DSP] “should also indicate the time it was given.”
The investigator reminded the facility’s management, Administrator and nursing staff that they:
“Must provide clients with nursing services in accordance with their needs and that the standard was not met.”
Centralia Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated while residing as a patient at Diamondview, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our reputable Centralia attorneys working on your behalf can successfully resolve your abuse, neglect or mistreatment victim case against the Illinois long-term care facility and staff members that caused your loved one harm.
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