The nursing staff and Administrator at every Illinois nursing home are required by law to notify the resident’s physician and family members of any decline in a patient’s condition or injury. Immediate notification to the family and doctor ensures that the resident is receiving the highest level of care to treat a change in their health and well-being. Unfortunately, not all Administrators, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants follow notification protocols, which is often to the detriment of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Gilman Healthcare Center who have suffered needlessly because the nursing staff and caregivers fail to notify the doctor of a decline in the patient’s health.
Gilman Healthcare Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 99-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Gilman and Iroquois County, Illinois. The Nursing Home is located at:
1390 South Crescent Street
Gilman, Illinois 60938
Gilman Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Gilman Healthcare Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Iroquois County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, health violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- 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 06/17/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a high blood sugar level [for a resident] reviewed for diabetic management.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 06/03/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) with an order to check the resident’s blood glucose levels “once daily at 3:00 AM.”
The resident’s 06/02/2016 MAR (Medication Administration Record) documented by the facility Assistant Director of Nurses revealed that “at 4:00 AM, the resident’s blood glucose level registered as ‘HI.’” The Assistant Director stated “that when a blood glucose registered as ‘HI’ on the meter, it means of the resident’s blood glucose is over 500 milligrams per deciliter [...and] that she took the resident’s blood glucose at 4:00 AM” that morning and she considers the high results “to be a change in the resident’s condition. However, [the Assistant Director] did not notify the physician concerning the elevated result.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to notify the primary care physician and family of a skin breakdown for [a resident].” The incident involved a cognitively impaired patient.
The resident’s power of attorney (POA) stated at 8:50 AM on 03/08/2016 that the resident “was discharged from the facility on 01/22/2016 and came to live with me.” The POA stated that the resident “had an open sore on the foot. The facility never notified me of this. The only open area that I was aware that [the resident] had was on the buttocks, they called and told me about that, but it was healed.”
While the state investigator noted that the resident’s 10/23/2015 Progress Notes documents “scabs on heels” there “is no documentation of [the resident’s physician or family members] being notified of the scabs.
- Failure to Provide a Level of Care to Ensure the Resident Does Not Develop Pressure Ulcers
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow their policy on wound management [any failure to] follow the Care Plan to prevent further deterioration of existing wounds… this failure resulted in the resident not receiving pressure ulcer treatments to wounds for 11 days and the resident’s right heel pressure ulcers increasing in size from 1.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters to 6.0 centimeters by 4.5.”
Gilman Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has been injured or died prematurely while residing at Gilman Healthcare Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our seasoned Gilman knowledgeable attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing home, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
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