Anytime a nursing home resident falls in the facility it has the potential of causing serious injury that could alter their health, well-being, and quality of life. Any fall could produce catastrophic results including broken bones, lacerations, cuts or concussions. Failing to instigate interventions to avoid future falls could place the resident’s well-being in immediate jeopardy. Sadly, the Mattoon elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where a resident’s fall could have been avoided had the nursing staff taken appropriate measures to develop interventions to prevent the fall from occurring.Douglas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Douglas Nursing Rehabilitation Center is a 79-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Mattoon and Coles County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3516 Powell Lane
Mattoon, Illinois 61938
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Douglas Nursing, and Rehabilitation Center also offers:
- Respiratory care
- Rehabilitation services
- Respite care
To ensure that families have adequate information on nursing facilities throughout the United States before placing a loved one under nursing care, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases. The updated information includes newly opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints. The results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Douglas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Mattoon nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/28/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to complete a comprehensive analysis identifying the root cause of falls for [a resident at the facility].” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement post-fall interventions for three residents at the facility “reviewed for falls.” One failure involved a resident at the facility documented in their Fall Risk Assessment Sheet on 11/11/2015 as being “at a high risk for falls.”
The deficient practice was first documented at 12:00 PM on 12/31/2015 in the resident’s Occurrence Report that documented the resident “had a fall in [the resident’s] room and that [the resident] stated that “they] just be a weak all over.” The investigator noted that the Occurrence Investigation Report fails to indicate the “root cause analysis or conclusion” of the fall and that there “is also no documentation of a new post-fall intervention initiated.”
The investigator also reviewed the resident’s 12/31/2015 Care Plan for Falls that does document that the resident “had a fall but does not identify a new post-fall intervention” but does document continuing the “current CP (Care Plan).”
The second incident involved a resident with a documented Care Plan dated 08/10/2015 that the resident “is at risk for falling” and at 8:12 PM 12/10/2015 Nurses Note the documents that the resident did fall in their room. The resident’s 12/10/2015 interdisciplinary team (IDT) Post-Occurrence Assessment and Plan Review sheet revealed that the resident “has a history of falls and describes the fall as, slick bottom shoes cause, encourage the family to get different shoes.” The resident stated they “fell because the floor was slick. Facility attempted to discuss the new shoe recommendation with [the resident] and spoke with [the resident’s] family who stated the resident refuses to wear different shoes. There are no post-fall interventions implemented in place of the new shoe recommendation that [the resident] had refused.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 4:40 PM 01/22/2015 Nurse’s Notes revealed that the resident “had slipped on ice and fell.” However, “there is no documentation that any interventions were put in place or that the area where the ice was located was cleaned up or addressed.” A review of the resident’s 01/22/2016 IDT Post Current Assessment and Plan Review Sheet fails to document that “there are new safety issues identified” and that when the resident “slipped on the ice in the parking lot. Recommendations to prevent occurrence [were simply to] continue current Plan of Care.”
If your loved one has suffered serious injuries or a wrongful death due to falling in any Illinois nursing facility, including Douglas Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action. Our Coles County elder abuse attorneys can ensure that your rights and the rights of your loved one remain protected while we work on your behalf to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
To ensure your claim for compensation is fully and satisfactorily resolved, we encourage you to contact our Mattoon Illinois nursing home abuse law firm in (888) 424-5757 today to schedule an appointment to speak with one of our attorneys at a free, no obligation consultation. Because we accept all personal injury claims on contingency, there is no need for you to pay any upfront fees or retainers.