Administering medications in an Illinois long-term care home must be in accordance with physician’s orders to ensure the resident is receiving the proper drug, at the proper dosage in at the proper time. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow procedures and protocols, or adequately train their nursing staff and caregivers to administer drugs appropriately, which could be detrimental to the health, well-being and quality of life of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents who have been harmed by caregivers while residing in Illinois long-term care homes like Fosterburg Terrace.
This LTC Center is a 16-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Alton and Madison County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
4617 Wonderland Dr.
Alton, IL 62002
Alton LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to view a comprehensive list of all incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, opened investigations, health violations, filed complaints, and safety concerns. The updated information can assist families in making a well-informed choice when deciding which LTC facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Madison County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed the deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this long-term care (LTC) home that include:
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/08/2016, a state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey and noted the facility’s failure to “develop an individualized program plan (IPP) which identifies a specific drug reduction plan for [a resident] did not have a current reduction plan.” The deficient practice involved an ambulatory female resident functioning at the Moderate Range of Intellectual Disability with an additional diagnosis of autistic disorder.”
A review of the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident “receive psychotropic medications of trazodone 50 milligrams and Abilify 5 milligrams due to her maladaptive behaviors of verbal aggression, threats of physical aggression, noncompliance, and inappropriate touching of others (breasts, genitals).
However, the state investigator noted that the resident’s “medication reduction program identified criteria for Abilify 7.5 milligrams [...and] the plan does not identify the correct medication.”
In a separate summary of deficiencies dated 04/20/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to develop a reduction plan for “drug use for control of inappropriate behavior [that] must be gradually withdrawn at least annually in a carefully monitored program conducted in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team (IDT), unless clinical evidence justifies that this is contraindicated.”
A review of the resident’s symptoms included bipolar disorder with obsessive-compulsive features that include skin picking, assess the scratching, excessive handwashing, not sleeping, excessive masturbation and obsessing about the environment.” Because of that, the resident was prescribed Lexapro (an SSRI to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder), Zyprexa (an antipsychotic medication to treat mental disorders including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia) and Catapres (a sedative and anti-hypertensive medication to treat high blood pressure, cancer pain and ADHD – attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder).
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on the morning of 02/26/2016 who confirmed “that the specific amount of medication to be reduced are not identified in a reduction plan.” The investigator noted that “based on a record review and interview the facility failed to develop an individualized program plan which identifies a specific drug reduction plan for three individuals who take medications to control inappropriate behaviors.
- Failure to Administer Medications per Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/20/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide oversight to ensure the medications were administered as ordered by the physician.” The failure involved a 61-year-old male resident whose March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident functions “in the Mild Range of Intellectual Disabilities with an additional diagnosis of Seizure Disorder, Psychotic Disorder and Schizophrenia.”
An observation made during the 4:00 PM medication pass revealed that the resident “is to receive [an] Moisture Shell one tablet by mouth with food and Pantoprazole [to treat gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) by mouth once daily] 30 minutes before meals.
At four 4:35 PM on 04/25/2016, the resident “entered the medication area to receive his 4:00 PM medications.” The DPS plus administering medications “was observed identifying the Pantoprazole 40 milligrams to [the resident] and the instructions that the medication is given 30 minutes before meals.” However, the supper meal “began at 5:00 PM and the resident was given the medication 15 minutes before eating.
The investigator noted that “the nurse failed to ensure oversight to prevent the contraindication of [the resident’s] medications.”
Alton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury or harm while residing at Fosterburg Terrace, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our dedicated Alton lawyers can work on your behalf to file and resolve claims for compensation against all those who caused your loved one’s harm, injury or premature death.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Madison County abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements.