Notifying the doctor at the moment a resident has an injury or change in their condition is imperative to ensure the resident’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, many staff members in nursing facilities throughout Illinois fail to follow procedures and protocols when a resident falls, suffers an injury or has a change in their mental/physical condition. Sadly, the Farmington elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered serious harm or death at the hands of their caregivers.Farmington Country Manor
Farmington Country Manor is a 92-certified bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Farmington and Fulton County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
701 S. Main St.
Farmington, Illinois 61531
Therapy provided by Farmington Country Manor includes:
- Outpatient and inpatient services
Skilled nursing services provided by the nursing facility encompass:
- Around the clock nursing care
- IV therapy
- Wound care
- Diabetes management and education
- Pain management
- Dementia care
Both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns on every facility in the United States. The updated information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov through their comparison tool star rating summary system.
Currently, Farmington Country Manor maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to all other facilities nationwide. The overall rating includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for health concerns and staffing issues. However, our Farmington nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility including:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor or Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident Situation Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "immediately notify physician after resident fall with injury.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Farmington Country Manor affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for falls.”
The failure was first noted on 02/09/2016 in the resident’s Resident Incident Report that documented that the resident “had a fall in the room at approximately 7:30 PM [… when the resident] was next to the bed on the right side [with an] abrasion to the right ear and complained of right wrist discomfort. X-ray order for the right wrist due to discomfort.” The incident report also documented that the resident’s “physician was not notified about the fall until 10:00 PM.” The resident’s Incident Report also includes an addendum that indicated the resident “was sent to the hospital later in the evening following the fall and required surgery.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses at 10:50 AM on 03/02/2015 stated that when the resident fell, they were notified “about the fall [… stating the nursing staff] called me as soon as it happened. I asked a bunch a question so I thought, based on the [nurse’s] assessment, that [the resident] should get an x-ray first before calling the physician directly.” However, in an interview with the resident’s physician at 2:15 PM on the same day, the physician stated: “that the nurse believes the resident may have broken a bone, the nurse should contact [the resident’s doctor] right away.”
It was also noted that the facility failed to follow their 01/01/2015 A Change in Resident’s Condition or Status Policy that reads in part:
“Our facility shall notify the resident, his or her attending physician, and representative (sponsor) of changes in the resident’s medical condition/mental condition and or status [...and notify the on-call physician when there has been] an accident or incident involving the resident.”
- Failure to Reasonably Accommodate the Needs and Preferences of the Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure a resident’s call light was within reach.” The failure by the nursing staff involved a resident at the facility who requires “extensive assistance from staff on all ADL (activities of daily living) including bed mobility, transfers from surface to surface, eating and drinking, and using the toilet.”
The investigator noted upon observation at 11:50 AM on 03/02/2016 when the resident “was lying in bed with [their] call light on a nightstand next the bed on the other side of the room.” At that time, the resident “was calling out asking for [the resident’s] legs to be rearranged and for a drink of water.”
If your loved one has suffered an injury unnecessarily while residing at Farmington County Manor or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can ensure you receive the financial compensation your family is entitled to. Our Fulton County elder abuse attorneys can gather evidence, speak to eyewitnesses and investigate your case.
To ensure your financial recompense case is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Farmington Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, to avoid the need of making any upfront payment.