Staff members at every nursing home in Illinois are required to follow physician’s orders to ensure that the health and well-being of every resident are maintained. This includes providing care to residents suffering from type II diabetes who require immediate attention if their blood sugar levels drop below 70. Unfortunately, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants fail to follow established procedures and protocols when providing care, which is often to the detriment of the patient’s medical condition. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents of Illinois nursing skill facilities like Evenglow Lodge who have been mistreated by their caregivers.Evenglow Lodge
This facility is a 73-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Center providing nursing cares and services to residents of Pontiac and Livingston County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Home is located at:
215 East Washington
Pontiac, Il 61764
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers independent and assisted living options, memory care, adult daycare services, and respite care.Pontiac Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations that are routinely updated by the state of Illinois and the federal government. This information can be used to make a well-informed decision of which nursing facilities in the community provide the highest level of health and hygiene care to all residents.
Currently, Evenglow Lodge maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Livingston County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring 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 09/04/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a change in condition on six occasions for [one resident at the facility].” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Evenglow Lodge involved a resident at the facility diagnosed with Diabetes Type II.
The state investigator noted the facility’s protocols or standing orders specific to the resident’s physician for alterations being treated by that doctor that states “diabetic residents: When blood sugar is less than 70 and symptomatic (cold/clammy skin, sweating, shakiness, confusion, lethargy, loss of consciousness) give one ampule of Glucagon SQ (subcutaneously).”
Additional facility’s protocols for Hypoglycemia dated 06/11/2014 documents that the resident is symptomatic at that point but if it is still conscious and able to swallow, give 30 grams of glucose or carbohydrates (glucose tablets or juice) and “recheck blood glucose at 15 minutes, repeat every 15 minutes until blood glucose is greater than 100 or until symptoms resolve and notify physician and family.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s Progress Notes on six dates between 07/09/2015 through 04/30/2015 documenting the resident “as being provided orange juice with two packets of sugar due to the results of the 6:00 AM blood glucose level. There is no evidence in the Progress Notes or SBARs on 08/30/2015 of notification to [the resident’s physician of the resident’s] low blood sugar which was treated with orange juice and sugar.”
The resident’s 07/09/2015 Progress Note documents that at 6:42 AM, the resident “was all sweaty and was slightly glassy eyed at 5:50 AM. Still talking, given a small glass of orange juice with two sugars…” The investigator noted that “there is no documentation of the progress notes of physician notification” as required by law.
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Interventions to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/04/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to establish post-fall interventions and [a failure to] ensure post-fall interventions were consistently implemented.”
The state investigator reviewed a 12/28/2014 Occurrence Report stating that a resident “was found on the floor of her bedroom on 12/28/2014 at 12:45 PM, sustaining a fractured left hip. Interventions include reassess [the resident] upon re-admittance to the facility.”
“[The resident’s] care plan, initiated on 09/02/2014, does not include any post-fall interventions following [the resident’s] returned from the hospital. On 09/03/2015 at 3:00 PM, the Director of Nurses stated [the resident] ‘did not need any interventions implemented upon return from the hospital’.”
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or injury while residing at Evenglow Lodge, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our respected Pontiac attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their nursing facility.
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