The nursing staff and administration at every nursing facility in Illinois are required by law to notify the resident’s physician and family members any time there’s a change or decline in their health. This notification ensures that the patient receives a high level of care during an extreme time of need. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these protocols, which is often detrimental to the health, well-being and medical conditions of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented residents who were mistreated or neglected by their caregivers while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Genesis Senior Living – Aledo.
Genesis Senior Living – Aledo
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 92-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Aledo and Mercer County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
309 NW 9th Avenue
Aledo, Il 61231
As a part of the Genesis Health Care System, the facility provides long-term skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation options, and transition care.
Aledo Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with complete details of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Genesis Senior Living – Aledo maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating 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 Mercer County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of skin impairments/alterations on one [resident at the facility] reviewed for falls.” The investigation involved a resident who “had two open areas on the anterior portion of [the resident’s] left shin measuring 1.0 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters with a small amount of serous drainage and reddening surrounding tissue.” This notation was made at 9:00 AM on 02/17/2016.
The state investigator also noted that the resident had a 0.5 centimeters by 0.5 centimeters scabbed area with reddened surrounding tissue [...and] also had a wound on the posterior portion of the left lower leg, measuring 5.0 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters with moderate amount of serous drainage was very red granulated tissue and tan-yellow tissue present with the reddened surrounding area.
It was noted that the resident’s Current Medical Record dated 12/03/2015 “has no documentation of the physician being notified of [the resident’s] skin tear” as required by law. An additional 12/14/2015 Progress Notes documented that the resident “sustained a tear on [their] left lower extremity, superior to the wound on the left lower extremity.” The resident’s “current medical record has no documentation that the physician was notified of the skin tear.”
- Failure to Ensure That All Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow restraint reduction plan for [a resident] review for physical restraints.”
A review of the resident’s 01/27/2016 Care Plan provides instructions for the nursing staff that read “reduction for padded lap cushion to prevent rising. Please remove when I am in common areas during the day. Close supervision for my safety. I may be receptive to sitting in a recliner in the sitting room.”
However, multiple observations were made of the resident in the facility of the resident under supervision noting that the resident “was unable to remove the padded lap cushion from [their] wheelchair” during the times when the device was not required.
The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 11/01/2014 Least Restrictive Positioning Device Policy that provides guidance to the staff including:
“Every attempt will be made to maintain a safe environment for all residents utilizing the least restrictive means possible. Orders will be received by the residents attending physician and utilization of the least restrictive positioning device possible to maintain resident safety.”
Aledo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while a patient at Genesis Senior Living – Aledo, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Our skillful Aledo seasoned attorneys have successfully resolved many victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect, and abuse in Illinois nursing facilities. Our attorneys can work on your behalf to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
We urge you to contact our Mercer County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free complete case review. Make no payment upfront for our legal fees which are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning at trial or negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.