Any change in the condition of an Illinois long-term care resident must be immediately reported to their physician, family and/or legal guardian in accordance with state law. Quick action through notification ensures that the resident receives the highest level of medical care and attention when necessary. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, assisted living centers and long-term care facilities properly train their employees, nursing staff, and directors to follow procedures and protocols in notifying families and doctors in a timely manner. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have legally represented, injured or mistreated residents who live at Illinois long-term care facilities like Froehlich House to ensure their rights are protected.
This LTC Home is a 16-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Galesburg and Knox County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
356 S. Michigan Ave.
Galesburg, IL 61401
Galesburg Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a comprehensive historical list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints of every facility in each county.
The Knox County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found and reviewed many health violations, dangerous hazards, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/25/2016, the state investigator noted during an annual inspection of care of the facility’s failure to “ensure their Specially Constituted Committee reviewed and approved psychotropic medications which were ordered with the intent to decrease unwanted behaviors during dental procedures.” The deficient practice affected two residents at the facility.”
One failure involved a 37-year-old resident who functions at a level of Mild Intellectual Disability whose January 2016 MAR (Medication Administration Record) revealed a prescription for one milligram of lorazepam (a sedative) one hour prior to her dental procedure on 01/25/2016.
During an interview with the facility Residential Service Director (RSD) on the afternoon of 03/23/2016, the Director “was asked at the facility to provide documentation of their Behavior Management Committee’s review or approval for [the resident’s prescription] of lorazepam.” The RSD stated “No.”
The second resident’s 03/01/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident “has diagnoses which include Mild Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, and Quadriparesis. The form titled ‘Permanent Individual Psychotropic Medication History’ … shows [the resident] received Ativan on 07/20/2015, 08/06/2015 and 10/08/2015, all in the dosage of one milligram for pre-dental procedures."
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Residential Service Director (RSD) on the early afternoon of 03/23/2016 who was “asked at the facility to provide documentation of the Behavior Management Committee’ is Review or approval for [the resident’s] at the administration of Ativan on the street occasions." The Residential Service Director replied “No.”
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Family or Legal Guardian of a Change in Their Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/27/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “notify the guardians for [an individual] in the facility was transported by ambulance after a vehicle accident on 01/15/2016.” The failure involved a 22-year-old female resident with diagnoses including Mild Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, and Quadriparesis.
A review of the facility’s 01/16/2016 Report of Incidents revealed that the resident “was taken to the local emergency room following an accident for possible injuries.” The facility’s Residential Service Director (RSD) confirmed that the resident “was transported via ambulance [...and] was treated and released from the emergency room [...and] has a follow-up diagnostic testing scheduled for pain in her lower right extremity.”
The investigator asked the RSD in an interview on the afternoon of 01/26/2016 if [the resident’s] “guardians were notified.” The RSD replied that “he left a message on the voicemail of a cell phone after the accident.” When asked “if he spoke with [the resident’s] guardians again for follow-up on her condition" the RSD replied that “he had talked to [the resident’s] Guardian on Monday when he returned to work.”
The RSD was asked “if a condition report was provided to [the resident’s] guardians between the initial Friday evening and Monday when he returned to work." The RSD replied “No.”
The facility was reminded that they “must notify properly the clients guardians or parents of any significant incidents, or changes in the client’s condition including, but not limited to, serious illness, accident, death, abuse, or unauthorized absence."
Galesburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Froehlich House, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our Galesburg LTC home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve mistreatment, neglect, and abuse. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receives sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Knox County abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.