Any negative change in an Illinois nursing home resident’s health could have an adverse impact on their overall medical condition. Because of that, nurses are required to immediately notify the resident’s physician or on-call physician of any change to ensure they receive proper care to maintain their health. Unfortunately, the Gilman elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the victims suffered needlessly because of irresponsible actions of their caregivers and their failure to follow established procedures and protocols.Gilman Healthcare Center
Gilman Healthcare Center is a 99-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nonprofit corporate facility providing nursing services to residents of Gilman and Douglas Township/Iroquois County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1390 South Crescent St.
Gilman, IL 60938
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, the facility also offers physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, cardiac care and care for congestive heart failure. Gilman Healthcare Center also offers respite care, wound care, hospice services, IV services and outpatient therapies.Gilman Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that Illinois residents remain fully informed of the safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations, and health violations involving nursing facilities statewide, both the state and federal nursing home agencies routinely update their nursing home database system. The information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Gilman Healthcare Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. Our Gilman nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Abuse or Allegation of Abuse in Accordance with State and Federal Laws
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "form a suspicion of a crime, report and investigate 132 doses of missing morphine. These failures affected a moderately cognitively impaired resident who was administered 0.1 milliliters of morphine every two hours as needed for pain.
The state surveyor noted that at 1:00 PM on 06/14/2016, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) administered liquid morphine to a resident and “went to record the dose given and the remainder of morphine in the bottle on the ‘Control Drug Record, Individual Patients Narcotic Record’ sheet.” The LPN “did not measure the remainder or document 8.0 milliliters and put a question mark after the entry.” The LPN stated that “we just eyeball the bottle.”
The documentation indicates that one bottle of morphine “should contain 12.3 milliliters and was 10.0 milliliters short.” A second bottle was short 2.7 milliliters and that altogether 13.2 milliliters or 132 doses were missing from the bottle between as of 06/14/2016. The missing morphine was confirmed by the facility’s Director of Nursing and the Assistant Director of Nursing who stated that “it is an error in counting, eyeballing the [resident’s] morphine instead of using the syringe.”
- Failure to Notify the Resident, Resident’s Doctor and Residents Responsible Party of Any Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/09/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a high blood sugar” count concerning a resident at the facility “reviewed for diabetic management.”. The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s April 2014 Change in a Resident’s Condition or Status Policy that reads in part:
“The nurse will notify the resident’s Attending Physician or On-Call Physician when there has been a significant change in the resident’s physical condition.”
On 06/02/2016, the Assistant Director of Nurses at the facility documented in the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) at 4:00 AM that the resident’s “blood glucose level registered as ‘high’.” Six days later at 3:10 PM on 06/08/2016, the Assistant Director of Nurses stated that “one of blood glucose registers as ‘high” on the meter, it means the resident’s blood glucose is over 500 milligrams per deciliter [...and] she considers a blood glucose results over 500 milligrams per deciliter to be a change in a resident’s condition, however, [she] did not notify the physician concerning the elevated result.”
If you believe your loved one suffered injury or harm due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff at any Illinois nursing facility including Gilman Healthcare Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our Iroquois County nursing home abuse lawyers can take appropriate measures to obtain the financial compensation the victim and your family deserves.
To ensure that your claim for compensation is successfully resolved, we urge you to contact our Douglas Township elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment or retainer is required. We are paid for our legal services only after we negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement or win your case at trial.