If an Illinois nursing home resident has a change in their medical or physical condition, the nursing staff is required by law to notify and update their physician. These notifications provide the opportunity for the patient to receive the highest level of care to treat an injury or a decline in their health. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures and protocols, which is often to the detriment of the patient’s health, well-being, and quality of life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents of Illinois nursing skill facilities like Friendship Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who have received substandard treatment by their caregivers.
Friendship Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 49-certified-bed Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Carlinville and Macoupin County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved facility is located at:
826 North High
Carlinville, Il 62626
As a part of the Covenant Care Health Care System, Friendship skilled nursing and rehabilitation Center provides post-acute care, skilled nursing care, and residential care facilities along with physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Carlinville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, 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, Friendship Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities in the US. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/08/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "ensure a prescribed treatment to heal a pressure ulcer was applied as ordered for [one resident at the facility].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 10/29/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealing that the cognitive, alert resident “requires the total assist of two staff for transfers." The resident’s 10/06/2015 Clinic Dressing and Continuum of Care Form completed by the facility’s Wound Care Specialist “indicates treatment for Stage IV, 3.6 centimeters by 1.6 centimeters by 2.8 centimeters deep pressure ulcer of the left ischium, prior to admission to the facility." The nursing staff was directed to change the resident’s dressing “three times a week and as needed for soiling/dislodged.”
An observation was made up to Certified Nursing Assistant in the early afternoon of 01/04/2015 transferring the resident “from a wheelchair to the bed with a mechanical lift. There was a red stain that appeared to be serosanguinous, approximate four inches in diameter on the sling of the mechanical lift approximate to the pressure ulcer on [the resident’s] left buttock." The investigator noted that when the resident was rolled to their side by the Certified Nursing Assistants, there “was no dressing on the pressure ulcer.”
The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 01/07/2015 who stated “there is no reason for [the resident] to be without a dressing to a Stage IV wound on her left buttocks [...and] stated the CNA staff caring for [the resident] should have informed the nurse immediately, so the dressing could have been replaced."
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in the Patient’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/21/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “notify the physician of a continued decline in the condition of [one resident].” The failure involved a patient whose health was declining over the weekend. Even though the nursing staff at notified the physician early Saturday morning, the doctor had not been updated throughout the weekend that the resident’s family “had taken her to the local emergency room on Sunday."
Carlinville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Friendship Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm immediately for assistance. Our Carlinville respected attorneys have years of successful experience representing clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their nursing facility.
We urge you to contact our Macoupin County elder abuse law office today at 888 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are paid for our fees only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have won your case at trial.