The use of antipsychotic medications is strictly regulated by government nursing home agencies. Illinois nursing homes are required to conduct comprehensive assessments of the need for antipsychotic drugs and formulate interventions designed to alter the patient’s behavior to reduce the use of the medication over time. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to take appropriate measures, perform assessments or develop interventions, and instead choose to keep the resident heavily medicated to minimize the need for ongoing supervision. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home patients whose drug regimens are filled with unnecessary medications while they reside at Illinois nursing homes like Generations at Applewood.
Generations at Applewood
This Nursing Facility is a 115-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services and cares to residents of Matheson and Cook / Will Counties, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Center is located at:
21020 Kostner Avenue
Matteson, Il 60443
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers rehabilitation services including fracture care, orthopedic rehabilitation, occupational therapy, physical/speech therapies, stroke recovery, IV therapy, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, hospice and palliative care, respite care and respiratory care.
Mattson Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on nationwide nursing homes can be viewed from government database websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, Generations at Applewood maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections. The Cook and Will County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous deficiencies and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents’ Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/15/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator when performing an annual licensure and certification survey of the facility’s failure to “document adequate indications for psychotropic drug use and failed to document behavior interventions. This failure applies to [two residents].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involved an 83-year-old resident diagnosed with unspecified dementia with behavioral disturbance, anxiety disorder generalized, unspecified psychosis, contracture of muscles to the right hip and a personal history of falls.”
An observation was made of the resident on 04/12/2016 who “was observed dozing in bed [...and] responded to the greeting by opening eyes, but remained non-verbal.” The facility’s Tour Guide and nurse stated that the resident “is non-verbal.” The resident receives various medications including Aricept (Alzheimer’s disease), Ativan (anxiety), Lamictal (anticonvulsant to treat manic-depression), Bupropion (seasonal affective disorder treatment, Namenda (treatment for moderate to severe dementia) and Risperdal (an antipsychotic medication).
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Certified Physician Assistant (CPA) on the morning of 04/13/2016 who stated that the resident “is taking Risperdal because of psychosis.” When the CPA was asked about specific behaviors related to psychosis, the investigator was supplied with the resident’s 04/10/2015 Progress Note indicating that the resident “had gotten up on his own and bunched up all the bed linen [...and that the resident’s] nurse expressed concern that the fall may indicate a start an increase in patient behaviors.”
A review was conducted of the resident’s 04/10/2016 Nurse’s Notes revealing the fall incident stating that the resident was “observed on the floor lying on left side on fall mat. No objects nearby on side of bed [the resident] had fallen from. Bed linens were noted to be rolled up and lying on the chair on the opposite side of the bed that the resident had fallen from.”
A nurse providing the resident care stated that the resident “is usually quiet and cooperative [...and] referred to the incident on 04/10/2016 is an unusual occurrence [...and] stated ‘I have not witnessed any aggressive, psychotic behavior’.” The facility Restorative Nurse stated on the morning of 04/14/2016 “that she has not noted any behaviors since 2014.”
The facility was reminded that per state and federal nursing home regulations:
“Each resident’s drug regimen must be free from unnecessary drugs. An unnecessary drug is any drug when used in excessive dosage (including duplicate therapy), or for an excessive duration; or without adequate monitoring; or without adequate indications for its use; or in the presence of adverse consequences which indicates the dough should be reduced or discontinued; or any combination of the reasons above.”
Mattson Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one has suffered injury or harm while the patient at Generations at Applewood, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Allow our reputable Matteson attorneys to handle and resolve your compensation case involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment that occurred in a nursing home in Illinois.
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