By law, nursing facilities must provide every resident a level of care that maximizes their quality of life and diminishes the potential of causing them additional harm. Unfortunately, The Farmer City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered facility-acquired bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcers) that could have been completely prevented.
Bedsores typically develop in bedridden or wheelchair-bound residents who require some level of assistance and repositioning of their bodies throughout the day. Without movement or readjustment, the unrelieved pressure to bony areas on the body can restrict the flow of blood, nutrients and oxygen causing skin and underlying tissue to quickly die. The most common areas from bedsores to develop include the tailbone, heels, hips, shoulders, shoulder blades, back of the head and ankles.Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 56-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit nursing facility serving the residents of Farmer City and DeWitt County, Illinois. The center is located at:
404 Brookview Drive
Farmer City, Illinois 61842
Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is part of the Petersen Health Care network that offers skilled nursing care and rehabilitation through their Pathways program. The center also has Alzheimer’s/memory care and behavior services programs.Farmer City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On a routine basis throughout the year, the federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies update their comparative information on facilities throughout the United States. They post the updated information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating including four out of five stars for health concerns and quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing issues.
However, our Farmer City nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered state investigations, health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor and a Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or an Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician of a newly acquired pressure ulcer.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center affected one resident “review for pressure ulcers.”
The state investigator noted that the resident’s June 2015 Shower/Abnormal Skin Report revealed “an open sore to the left side of the bottom.” “Signed off (acknowledging the open area) on the Abnormal Skin Report.” However, there were no physician’s orders showing any skin treatment.
At 1:40 PM on 06/09/2016, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) of the resident assisted the resident “onto the toilet. [And that time, the resident] had a 0.5 centimeter by 0.5 centimeters open area to her right buttocks, without a dressing covering it.” The Licensed Practical Nurse stated, “I wasn’t aware that [the resident] had an open area to her bottom, no treatments are ordered.” The investigator then conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 2:00 PM that same day who stated that “I do not have any wound measurements for [that resident]. I was unaware that she even had an open area.” The investigator questioned the Director about the resident’s Abnormal Skin Report. The Director responded “the nurse is to notify the physician for orders and then myself. The nurse then files paperwork, nobody double checks them to ensure an order has been obtained.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment in Order to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement pressure relieving interventions.” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to document weekly pressure ulcer measurements for [2 residents at the facility] review for skin breakdown and positioning.”
The state investigator noted that a resident’s 02/20/2015 Care Plan notes of the resident “is at risk for pressure ulcer per [their] Braden risk assessment and lists interventions of pressure relieving devices [to be used in the resident’s] wheelchair. The state investigator interviewed the resident on 06/09/2015 when the resident “was sitting up in her wheelchair from 9:30 AM through 12:45 PM without a wheelchair cushion in place.” At 12:45 PM, the resident stated that “I’m not one to sit in my room. I sit up in my wheelchair all day, even nap in it.”
If your family is concerned that your loved one has developed an avoidable facility-acquired bedsore while residing at Farmer City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve. Due to the statute of limitations on filing a claim for recompense, it is crucial to take immediate legal action. Our team of dedicated DeWitt County elder abuse lawyers can build a case against all parties responsible for the neglect, mistreatment or abuse of your loved one.
We encourage you to contact our Farmer City elder abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757. We accept nursing home neglect cases and personal injury claims for compensation on contingency, meaning no upfront payment is required.