It is the duty of all staff members of the nursing facility to protect the dignity and respect of individuality of every resident to Ensure their highest well-being. Unfortunately, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistant fail to follow procedures and protocols of respecting the dignity of their patients. In many incidences, the resident lacks the ability to speak of their humiliation or take appropriate measures against their caregivers in fear retaliation. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent disrespected patients who reside at Illinois nursing homes like Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 92-certified-bed Facility providing nursing services and cares to residents of Pittsfield and Pike County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved Nursing Home is located at:
1400 East Washington Street
Pittsfield, Il 62363
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center provides round-the-clock skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s care, memory care and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Pittsfield Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every health violation, filed complaint, safety concern and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Pike County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations, and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/23/2016, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "promptly inform the physician of a change in condition for [a resident].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the investigator’s findings after the observation of two Certified Nursing Assistants performing incontinent care for a resident at 2:25 PM on 06/20/2016. “After a bowel movement was cleansed from the [the resident’s] buttocks, there were six areas of redness noted on the right buttocks and four areas of redness noted on the left buttocks” ranging in size from 1.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters up to 3.0 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters.
The investigator reviewed the resident’s Nurse’s Notes between 05/09/2016 to 06/21/2016 that documented that the physician had not been notified of any additional areas of redness to the resident’s buttocks area. An interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the morning of 06/21/2016 who stated that “the Nurse Practitioner should have been notified of the areas to [the resident’s] buttocks.”
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/23/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide privacy for [a resident] reviewed for direct care.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation of a resident was made in the early afternoon of 06/21/2016 who “was lying in her bed on her right side.” The resident’s roommate “was lying in bed facing [the resident’s] posterior side.”
The Director of Nursing and a Licensed Practical Nurse “entered the room to perform addressing change on [the resident’s] coccyx.” The LPN “pulled the covers off [the resident] and removed [the resident’s] adult diaper from her buttocks. The privacy curtain was not pulled, exposing [the resident’s] buttocks to her roommate.”
The investigator also noted that “the window curtain was not pulled to the exterior window overlooking the paved walking path ten feet outside [the resident’s] exterior window. The bathroom door was left open halfway and the bathroom is shared with the residents in the room next door.”
An interview with the resident was attempted on the morning of 06/22/2016 but the resident “was not able to communicate whether it bothered her to be exposed.”
Pittsfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is suffered harm through abuse, neglect or mistreatment while a patient at Eastside Health and Rehabilitation Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices. Our team of Pittsfield attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolve financial claims for compensation against all parties who cause nursing home patients harm, injury or preventable death.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Pike County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a full case review. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial.