Staff members at every nursing home in Illinois must follow laws and regulations involving the administration of antipsychotic drugs to patients in the facility. These dangerous drugs can only be administered after initial evaluations and follow-up assessments indicate that the patient is not receiving unnecessary medication. However, not every nursing facility follows these protocols, which is often detrimental to the well-being and health of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent nursing home residents who have been prescribed unnecessary medications while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Gibson Community Hospital Annex.
Gibson Area Community Hospital Annex
This Nursing Home is a 16-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Gibson City and Ford County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
430 East 19th
Gibson City, Illinois 60936
Gibson City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the provided care that every community nursing home offers, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of Homes nationwide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, Gibson Area Community Hospital Annex maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections in two out of five stars for quality measures. The Ford County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/08/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "ensure a safe transfer using a mechanical lift for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for assistive devices. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at the facility involved a cognitively intact resident diagnosed with Charot Marie Tooth Type Muscular Dystrophy, anxiety, neuropathy, Major Depression with psychotic features, generalized pain, osteoporosis, back pain, and perineal muscle atrophy with urinary frequency, who is “totally dependent on staff for transfers.”
A review of the resident’s 01/20/2015 Care Plan documents that the resident “is no longer able to walk due to [their] disease process and requires a mechanical lift with toileting sling… for transfers.” An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in the early afternoon of 04/07/2015 transferring the resident “off of the bedside commode using a mechanical lift. While [the resident] was suspended in the air, a CNA washed [the resident’s] buttocks and rectum then turned away from [the resident] to search for barrier cream.”
During the transfer, the resident “remained suspended four feet above the floor without physical staff support. The mechanical lift waste safety belt was loosely fastened and dangle between [the resident’s] legs as [the resident] slipped down the sling.” The resident’s “contracted arms and hands were forced upward, causing both shoulder areas to shrug above [the resident’s] jawline as the sling cut into [the resident’s] armpits.” The resident stated to the nursing staff “It hurts; I can’t do this any longer” before being transferred to the bed.
- Failure to Ensure Residents Medication Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Drugs
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/26/2014, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "track target behaviors, assess and evaluate the effectiveness of antipsychotic medications” administered to a resident.
The investigation involved a cognitively impaired resident with verbal behaviors and October 2013 physician’s orders for the administration of antipsychotic medications given twice daily. However, the state investigator noted that there “is no documentation of an initial assessment for the use of [the antipsychotic medication] found in [the resident’s] record.”
It was also noted that the resident’s 01/07/2014 Physician Order Sheet (POS) increased the antipsychotic medication. However, “there is no documentation of an assessment to evaluate for the use or the increase in the dosage of [the antipsychotic drug] found in [the resident’s] record.”
Gibson City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing at Gibson Area Community Hospital Annex, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our knowledgeable, respected Illinois attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve abuse and mistreatment happening in Illinois nursing homes. Our team of attorneys can ensure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve for your loved one’s damages.
To ensure that your claim for compensation is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Ford County area elder abuse law office today by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive case review. We accept every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in a court of law.