Individuals living in nursing facilities are Illinois’ most vulnerable residents, especially the elderly, disabled and ill. Many residents rely completely on the professional assistance of registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nursing assistants. Sadly, the Decatur nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents are victimized by mistreatment, neglect, abuse and financial exploitation.
Our personal injury attorneys remain dedicated in serving as a legal advocate for victimized residents in nursing facilities and assisted-living centers all throughout Illinois. We provide publicly available data that shows many safety concerns of nursing facility residents. This valuable information serves as a tool that can be used by families to make fully informed decisions on where to place a loved one when quality hygiene and health care is required.
Fair Havens Christian Home
Fair Havens Christian Home is a 154-bed continuous care retirement facility that provides medical services to the Macon County community. The facility is located at:
1790 South Fairview Ave.
Decatur, IL 62521
The faith-based facility provides various living options to Decatur and Macon County residents including independent living and skilled nursing services such as hospice care, respite care and rehab-to-home.
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Each year, information on resident safety concerns are released by www.Medicare.gov as a way to inform the public of the current rating and status of nursing facilities nationwide. Recently released information indicates that Fair Havens Christian Home maintains an overall two out of five star rating (below average). This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing and one out of five stars for health inspections.
The Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many complaints against Fair Havens Christian Home, filed by state surveyors and inspectors along with residents and family members. Two of these complaints involve:
- Failure to Maintain Resident’s Rights to Be Free from Physical Restraint:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/26/2012 during an annual licensure and certification survey an observation, review and interview noted that “the facility failed to timely release self releasing devices and provide medical diagnosis for [two residents] reviewed for restraints out of a sample of 24 [residents].”
In one case, a resident who “was totally dependent on one-person physical assistance for mobility and transfer” had a physician’s order that required a “self releasing seatbelt to his wheelchair. It was also noted the self release seatbelt was to be removed every 2 hours for 10 minutes for meals.” However, upon observation while being fed, the “Certified Nursing Assistant CNA), did not release [the resident’s] self releasing seatbelt while feeding [the resident].”
- Failure to Prevent or Heal Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement for deficiencies dated 09/25/2014, a complaint was filed noting that “the facility failed to ensure that pressure ulcer treatment was initiated in a timely manner” for a resident who was “reviewed for pressure ulcers …”
This is in response to a “severely cognitively impaired” resident also suffering from bowel and bladder incontinence and dependent on staff members for bed mobility, hygiene and transferring. It is noted that the resident had been evaluated on 7/28/14 as a “high risk for developing pressure ulcers.”
Through observation on 9/25/14, the resident presented a “1.0 centimeter (cm) by 0.4 cm red area with a small open slit present on the [resident’s] right buttock. The resident’s weekly wounds sheet documents the facility-acquired bedsore as “shearing, superficial, not open,” and “onset 9/19/14.” The shearing on the right buttocks was identified by the registered nurse (RN) / assistant director of nursing (ADON) on 9/24/14 indicating that the treatment order was “received on 9/19/14” but not entered into the patient’s “EMR Orders until 9/23/14.” Notation shows that there is no way the nurses would have “known to provide treatment for [the resident’s bedsore] because the treatment was not listed on [the resident’s Treatment Administration Record] TAR until 9/23/14.”
Decatur Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm, abuse or neglect while residing at Fair Havens Christian Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking justice. Our Decatur nursing home abuse attorneys have numerous legal solutions to stop the illegal practice of the nursing facility and staff.
Our law firm handle abuse, mistreatment and negligence cases on contingency. This means we provide you immediate legal advice, counsel and representation without any upfront payment. Our services are paid after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win a jury award at trial. We encourage you to contact us immediately through our online chat rooms or phone line at (888) 424-5757 today.