The health and well-being of many nursing home patients often decline due to substandard care provided in many facilities in Illinois. Without proper care, the resident can easily develop a facility-acquired bedsore or suffer harm and injury caused by a preventable accident due to the negligent actions of their caregivers. Substandard care is often the result of overcrowded conditions, a lack of proper training or minimal staffing. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to individuals who have been neglected, mistreated or abused at Illinois nursing facilities like Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a ‘for-profit’ 104-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Maryville and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
152 Wilma Dr.
Maryville, IL 62062
Maryville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility in the United States. This information is important to families determined to place their loved one in a community facility that provides the highest level of care.
Currently, this nursing home maintains an overall four out of five available rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Services and Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Facility-Acquired Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/26/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide appropriate positioning and timely turning and repositioning for pressure ulcer prevention.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center directly affected one resident “reviewed for pressure ulcer risk.”
The findings of the state investigator involved observation of a resident between 8:55 AM and 11:15 AM on 02/24/2016 when the resident was “lying on [their] left side with coccyx area in contact with the mattress, without the benefit of turning [and] repositioning, based on fifteen minutes or less observation intervals.”
It was also noted that the resident at 11:35 AM that same day “was reclined in her geriatric chair in the dining room [...and] had slid down into the geriatric chair until [her] shoulder blades and had were the only parts of [her] upper body touching the back of the chair.” At that time, the resident’s “buttock was at the edge of the geriatric chair with her upper legs resting on the chairs’ leg rest.” The Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing assistance fed the resident “in this position from 11:50 AM through 12:15 PM without the benefit of proper positioning to alleviate skin friction and pressure.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 01/01/2016 Care Plan the documents of the resident “is total assist with all cares and is at risk for skin breakdown.” In an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the morning of 02/26/2016, it was revealed that “residents need to be turned every two hours and as needed.” The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Turning and Repositioning Policy that reads in part:
“Residents will be turned every two hours and as needed. Residents are turned and repositioned to prevent skin breakdown.”
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure safe transfers” of residents “reviewed for transfers.”
The investigator’s findings included an observation on the afternoon of 02/23/2016 when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) assisted a resident with toileting. During the process, the CNA transferred the resident “to and from the toilet and the chair without the use of a gait belt.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s 01/15/2016 Care Plan documenting that the resident “has self-care deficits due to weakness and impaired mobility [...and] has the potential for falls related to a history of falls [… including a] 11/05/2015 fall in [their] room.” The facility’s undated Gait Belt Policy reads in part:
“A gait belt is to be used for all patient transfers.”
Maryville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffered harm or injury while a patient at Elmwood Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers at (888) 424-5757 today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. Our Maryville elder abuse law firm can ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve for your loved one’s damages.
We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in court or have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.