Any use of a physical restraint in an Illinois nursing facility must be authorized by the resident’s physician under the informed consent signed by the resident or their Power of Attorney (POA). Unfortunately, the nursing staff at many facilities failed to follow physician’s orders and use the authorized restraints in an appropriate manner. Often times, the patient is restrained in a way that exceeds authorization, which is often to the detriment of the resident’s mental health and physical well-being. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to patients who have been restrained against their will while residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Center is a 97-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ facility providing nursing services to residents of Dixon and Lee County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing home is located at:
800 Division Street
Dixon, Il 61021
As a part of the Tutera Senior Living and Health Care Community, Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides Senior living options along with home health care, hospice, memory care and post-surgery rehabilitation services.
Dixon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the provided care that every community nursing home offers, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints of Homes in the US. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Lee County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located various safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Unnecessary Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "remove bilateral hand mitts, after tube feeding, as ordered by the physician."
The deficient practice was first noted by the state investigator after reviewing a resident’s 12/31/2015 Restraint Order that documented that the nursing staff “may use bilateral soft hand mitts; may remove for care.” The resident’s 12/31/2015 Restraint Consent shows of the resident “removed her gastronomy tube two times in two days as the medical symptom requiring restraints.”
On 01/05/2016, the resident’s “tube feeding as ordered to be administered from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM daily.” By 01/12/2016, the physician’s orders indicate that “hand mitts are ordered to be worn only when tube feeding is in progress."
An observation was made of the resident at 8:20 AM on 01/14/2016 when the resident “was in bed with mitts on.” The investigator noted that on the same day between 8:20 AM and 8:38 AM, two Certified Nursing Assistants “dressed and provided incontinence care for [the resident] with the mitts on r[while] she lay flat in bed.”
A Licensed Practical Nurse at on 01/14/2016 that the resident’s “tube feeding ends at 6:00 AM before she starts her shift [...and] the resident doesn’t even need the meds but now wears them during the day to prevent pulling the feeding tube [...and] the resident should have the hand mitts on until she is out of bed" which is in direct opposition to the physician’s orders.
- Failure to Provide Adequate Services and Care to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify pressure sore prior to progressing to a Stage II [and a failure] to identify the cause of the pressure sore.” The deficient practice involved a resident at the facility who was at “very high risk for skin breakdown and has the potential for pressure ulcer development.”
The resident’s 12/23/2015 Weekly Skin Check documented that the resident “has no change to his skin and no areas of concern were identified.” However, the following day, the 12/24/2015 Pressure Ulcer Weekly Wound Evaluation documents “a Stage II pressure ulcer located on the right inner ankle. The wound is measured at 1.0 centimeters by 2.1 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters.”
Dixon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Dixon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our team of skilled, reputable Illinois nursing home attorneys can assist your family and successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm including the nursing home, staff members, Administrator, visitors and other residents.
We urge you to contact our Lee County elder abuse law office at 888 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your initial free 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.