The health and well-being of every Illinois nursing home resident can be compromised if the nursing staff fails to follow procedures and protocols to eliminate the spread of infection. As a part of quality care, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Aides must follow hand hygiene policies any time they provide services to the resident, especially when assisting with incontinence care. Unfortunately, many staff members fail to follow these protocols, which is often to the detriment of the patient’s well-being. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abuse, injured or mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Golden Good Shepherd Home.
Golden Good Shepherd Home
This Nursing Home is a 46-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Golden and Adams County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
101 Prairie Mills Road
Golden, Il 62339
Golden Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Golden Good Shepherd Home maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, four out of five stars for health inspections and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Adams County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "perform hand hygiene following incontinent care.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing incontinence care for a resident just after noon on 08/24/2015. The Certified Nursing Assistant remove the resident’s “soiled adult brief and without removing gloves, placed to clean adult brief under the resident [...and] proceeded to adjust the resident’s adult brief and pulled the resident’s pants up.” The Certified Nursing Assistant “then remove gloves without washing hands and began to provide care for [the resident].”
Two days later at 10:15 AM, the Certified Nursing Assistant stated that they “did not wash [their] hands after providing incontinence care to the resident prior to proceeding to begin cares [on another resident].” The investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the morning of 08/26/2015 who stated that they “expect Certified Nursing Assistant to wash their hands after providing care [...and] confirmed the policy states to disinfect hands before and after providing resident care [...and] hand sanitizer is also available in the form of small, packet size bottles, in the hallways and at the front desk.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Hand Hygiene Policy that reads in part:
“Hands should be thoroughly disinfected before and after providing resident care.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/26/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to prevent cross-contamination during incontinence care for [a resident at the facility].”
Observations were made of two Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) at 2:00 PM on 08/24/2014 “providing toileting and incontinent care to [a facility resident].” The CNA applied their “gloves then removed [the resident’s] pants and soiled incontinence brief before transferring [the facility resident] to the bedside commode for toileting. Once [the resident] was finished toileting, [both Certified Nursing Assistants helped the resident] to stand. Without cleaning [the resident’s] buttocks or perineal area, the certified nursing assistants pulled [the resident’s] pants up over their buttocks which were covered with a large amount of bowel movement.”
An interview was conducted with the Facility Assistant Director Of Nurses/Infection Control Nurseat 1:30 PM that same day who stated that the facility staff “are to wash hands and apply gloves” in accordance with policies that include “’before providing care, remove dirty gloves and wash hands’ before touching the resident or the resident’s belongings.”
Golden Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Golden Good Shepherd Home, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our seasoned Golden attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated, neglected or abused by caregivers, the administration and other residents. Our legal team of personal injury attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients. To successfully resolve your financial recompense case, we encourage you to contact our Adams County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation.
You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your financial compensation case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial. All information you share with our legal team remains confidential.