The dignity and respect of individuality are often lost on Illinois nursing home residents when caregivers fail to follow established standards of care. Some cognitively impaired patients wander the hallways without supervision or monitoring. The rights of other patients are often disregarded by nursing staff or inattentive to their needs. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents of Illinois nursing skill facilities like Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who have been disrespected, neglected, abused or mistreated.
Edwards Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a ‘for-profit’ 120-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Edwardsville and Madison County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
41 St. Mary Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the Center also provides long-term care solutions, and rehabilitation services including physical, occupational and speech therapies along with specialized services including respite care and hospice care.
Edwardsville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can search the website Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations, which is routinely updated by the state of Illinois and the federal government. Many families use this information to comparatively evaluate every facility in their community before placing a loved one in a nursing home.
Currently, Edwardsville Nursing and Rehab maintains an overall one out of five rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system, compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality Is Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure residents were not exposed.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for dignity.”
The findings by the state investigator involved a review of the resident’s January 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting “she has a partial diagnosis of dementia and a displaced fracture of her left foot.
At approximately noon on 01/20/2016, a family member of the resident stated that upon visiting the facility on 01/07/2016, “she opened [the resident’s room and stated that the resident] was not in her room in the room was empty [...and] wasn’t in the dining room.” The family member stated that they went “to the nurse’s station asking where [the resident] was.”
After being told that they thought the resident was in the B Hall, the resident was found there “still in her nightgown with the white flat sheet around her and tied into a shawl.” The family member said that the resident “would not be caught dead in her nightgown in public.”
In a separate incident, another resident at the facility was observed “asleep on her bed” on 01/26/2016 from 12:45 PM to 1:13 PM. The “door to her room was opened [...and the resident] was lying on the bed with her lower abdomen and peri-area exposed to the hallway.” At 2:52 PM that same day, a registered nurse “stated ‘Oh My!’ and covered [the resident] up with the blanket and shut the door.
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide medication monitoring to justify the use of antipsychotic medications. This deficient practice directly affected two residents at the facility who were “reviewed for antipsychotic medications.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s 12/16/2015 Care Plan documenting that [the resident] received antipsychotic medications for … a history of hallucinations. The resident’s 01/15/2016 Psychiatric Note documents a prescription of 300 milligrams of Seroquel twice a day. However, the resident’s January 2016 Behavior Tracking Monthly Flow Sheets failed to document “that she was monitored for hallucinations or that the medication was effective in treating hallucinations.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Social Services Director on 01/29/2016 who stated that the resident “was not being tracked for hallucinations as her consultant said not to. It was noted that the facility’s February 2013 Antipsychotic Medication Use Policy reads in part:
“Antipsychotic medication therapy shall be used only when it is necessary to treat specific conditions.”
Edwardsville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been harmed or injured by caregivers or other residents at Edwardsville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center call the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 today. Our Illinois nursing home law firm provides initial case consultations at no cost to you to discuss your options for obtaining financial compensation from all those who caused your loved one harm.
We accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements to avoid the need for an upfront fee or retainer. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.