Many Illinois nursing home residents require a higher level of care during transfers from their bed to a wheelchair or toilet. In many incidences, the resident suffered serious injury or death caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff when they failed to follow established procedures and protocols and use transfer devices according to manufacturer guidelines. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent patients who have been mistreated, abused, or died prematurely in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Franklin Grove Living and Rehab Center.
Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center
Franklin Grove Living and Rehab is a 121-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved providing nursing services to residents of Franklin Grove and Lee County. The Center is located at:
502 N. State Street
Franklin Grove, IL 61031
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, Franklin Grove Living and Rehab Center also provides integrated medical care including wound care, physical, occupational and speech therapies, optometry care, x-ray services and respite care.
Franklin Grove Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides its residents, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Franklin Grove Living and Rehab maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Lee County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Take Appropriate Measures to Prohibit Neglect and Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure resident incidences were investigated to prevent recurrence.” The state investigator also noted numerous other failures that included:
- “The facility repeatedly failed to investigate and record events where lift slings failed during transfers.
- The facility failed to ensure policies and procedures for falls, accident reporting, and manufacturer’s guidelines were followed.
- The facility failed to ensure the structural integrity of the lift slings before using a sling during transfers for mechanical lifts.”
It was noted that “these failures resulted in a sling breaking while [a resident] was being transferred on 06/06/2016.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center resulted in the resident falling and sustaining “fractures to both her lower extremities and was hospitalized on 06/06/2016.” The resident’s “fall contributed to her death on 06/10/2016.
As a part of the investigation process, it was revealed that “the neglect existed between 05/11/2016 and 06/17/2016. An Immediate Jeopardy began on 05/11/2016 at 3:00 PM. The Administrator was notified of the Immediate Jeopardy on 06/15/2016 at 9:15 AM. While the immediacy was removed on 06/17/2016 at 10:00 AM, the facility remains out of compliance at Severity Level 2.” The investigator noted that “additional time is needed to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of the revised policies and procedures to ensure their implementations.”
- Failure to Maintain the Dignity and Respect of Every Resident’s Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/15/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "maintain a resident’s dignity by ensuring a feeding tube was covered while seated in a common area.”
The state investigator noted upon observation of a resident on 03/10/2016 while the resident “was in the day room with her feeding tube hanging outside her clothing in full view of passersby between 7:45 AM and 9:30 AM.” It was also noted that during that timeframe, the resident “had a pastor visit, [the Activity Director] sat next to [the resident] and a man playing a guitar and singing sat next to her as well.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the morning of 03/10/2016 who said “feeding tubes should be covered when a resident is in a common area to respect their dignity.” It was also noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Dignity Policy that reads in part:
“Privacy of the resident’s body must be maintained while in common areas of the facility and staff will ensure dignity is preserved.”
Franklin Grove Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect while residing at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide an initial case consultation at no obligation to you. We encourage you to contact our Lee County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation.
We accept every nursing home neglect abuse and mistreatment case through contingency fee arrangements. This avoids the need of any upfront retainer or payment. We are only paid for our legal services after we have won your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.