Research indicates that more than 50 percent of all nursing home accidents can be prevented if the nursing staff follows procedures and protocols. To protect a resident’s safety requires the facility to control and supervise its nursing staff and ensure they used assisted devices properly when needed. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered injuries and harm from unintentional or unexpected neglectful actions of the nursing staff.
Avoidable accidents are often the result of a facility’s failure to identify environmental dangers and the potential risk that affects every individual resident. The facility must also analyze/evaluate the dangers and risks before implementing interventions that include appropriate supervision that is consistent with the needs, plans of care, goals and current standards of practice in managing the resident’s health. Unfortunately, many facilities lack appropriate staff to ensure that all safety precautions are avoided through constant monitoring of those under their care.Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a for-profit center with 78-certified beds. The facility participates in Medicare and Medicaid, serving residents of South Beloit and Winnebago County, Illinois. The center is located at:
1515 Blackhawk Boulevard
South Beloit, Illinois 61080
Assisted living and independent living with skilled nursing care are offered at this facility along with comprehensive services that encompass post-surgery recovery, wound care, and IV therapy.South Beloit Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing facility in the United States is maintained in the national Medicare.gov database and made available to the public. This comparative analysis tool benefits families facing the undesirable decision to place a loved one in a nursing facility, or those who wonder about the level of care being provided to their loved one already in a nursing home.
Currently, Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall three out of five available stars in the national star rating summary. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for health concerns in two out of five stars for staffing issues.
Our South Beloit nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of these safety concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure a resident was at a 90-degree angle to promote safety while eating.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center affected one resident “reviewed for safety and supervision.”
The incident involved a resident with an MDS (Minimum Data Set) dated 05/12/2015 showing of the resident “requires supervision and set up when eating.” The resident’s October 2015 Care Plan revealed the resident “has swallowing difficulty due to eating too fast and taking large bites.” As a result, the resident is “on a mechanical soft diet [consuming] food in small dime size bites.”
At 9:26 AM on 08/03/2015, the resident “was eating breakfast in bed [while] elevated at a 30-degree angle [with a] tray placed to her left side.” At that time, the resident “was coughing and yelling out, ‘Help me, help me, I’m choking’.” Two Licensed Practical Nurses placed a pillow behind the resident’s “back and positioned her in an upright 90-degree position.” The state surveyor noted that the facility’s Speech Therapist said that for the resident’s “safety, she should be supervised with meals and at a 90-degree angle.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/20/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure residents were transported in a safe manner.” In addition, the facility also “failed to ensure staff followed safety precautions when transferring a resident with a mechanical lift.”
Due to a lack of following procedures and protocols upon assisted transfer of a resident, the resident was injured on 10/08/2015 resulting in “a new skin tear on the right top of hand that measures 4.25 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters. The 10/12/2015 note shows that the resident “was in the process of transferring from a wheelchair to the toilet when injury occurred. The resident’s hand was scraped against the doorframe of the bathroom door.”
The resident’s 10/07/2015 Wound Care Plan directs the nursing staff to “use caution during transfers and bed mobility to prevent striking arms, legs and hands against sharp or hard surfaces and identify potential causative factors and eliminate/result when possible.”
The South Beloit personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand that poorly run nursing facilities pose serious problems that require legal action. If you, or your loved one, have suffered abuse, mistreatment or negligence while residing at Fair Oaks Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center our team of attorneys can provide immediate legal action and provide immediate legal intervention.
Contact our Winnebago County elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free full case evaluation. Our South Beloit nursing home abuse lawyers can protect your rights and ensure you receive a measure of justice in the financial compensation you deserve. We accept all personal injury elder abuse cases through contingency fee agreements, meaning no upfront payments are required.