The health and well-being of many nursing home residents in Illinois are compromised through the negligence of caregivers who carelessly allow the spread of infection in the facility. To minimize the potential exposure to infection and contaminants, nursing staff must receive proper training and ongoing supervision. Unfortunately, the Geneseo elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many cases where the health of nursing home residents was greatly compromised by exposure to infection due to the careless actions of their caregivers.
Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village
Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village is a 72-certified bed nonprofit church-related Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Geneseo and Henry County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
704 South Illinois St.
Geneseo, IL 61254
In addition to providing skilled care and rehabilitation services, the facility also offers senior living options.
Geneseo Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families understand the level of care that nursing homes in the community provide, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems. The information reflects the complete history of opened investigations, safety concerns, and filed complaints. The results can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other facilities nationwide. The rating includes five out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for quality measures. Our Geneseo nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/21/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "wear personal protective equipment during medication administration.” This deficient practice involved for residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.” In addition, the facility also failed “to use instruments and supplies in a manner to prevent the transmission of infection and good hand hygiene during wound care treatment” for a resident at the facility.
The state investigator noted the facility’s failure to follow their June 2012 policy titled Personal Protective Equipment that reads in part:
“Gloves should be worn anytime there is reasonably anticipated occupational exposure.”
In addition, the facility’s June 2012 Hand Hygiene and Handwashing Policy directs the staff to:
“Wash hands with plain soap and water or with anti-microbial soap and water; and hands are visibly soiled, if hands are visibly contaminated with blood or body fluids, before eating, and after using the restroom, before having direct contact with residents, after having direct contact with the resident skin, after having contact with bodily fluids, wounds or broken skin, after removing gloves.”
One failure was documented at 3:40 PM on 01/19/2016 when a Registered Nurse “prepared to administer eye drops to [a resident ...and] without performing hand hygiene or applying gloves, [the Registered Nurse] placed one drop [medication into the resident’s] left eye and placed one drop [of a different medication into the resident’s] left eye.” At that time, the Registered Nurse “returned to the medication cart, return both eye drop bottles to the storage container and documented the administration of the computer terminal [before proceeding] down the hall, continuing passing medications.
In a separate statement of deficiencies dated 03/13/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide a safe and sanitary environment to help prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection.” The deficient practice affected three residents at the facility.”
The state investigator noted that upon observation at 1:45 PM on 03/10/2015, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “providing incontinence care to [a resident without putting on] gloves and without washing [their] hands.” At that time, the Certified Nursing Assistant placed a gait belt around the resident and assisted the resident “to the bathroom, [then] removed the resident’s urine saturated, incontinence brief by touching the inside of the brief, toss the incontinence brief in the trash, reached in the [resident’s] shirt pocket and tossed tissue paper in the trash, held onto the gait belt while cleaning [the resident’s] peritoneal area with disposable wipes, applied clean incontinence brief, touched [the resident’s] arm, walker, sink, and [the CNA’s] scrub top, and pulled [up the resident’s] sweatpants.” At no time did the Certified Nursing Assistant change their gloves “during incontinence care.”
Geneseo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been harmed by a facility-acquired infection while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village, we encourage you to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Geneseo nursing home abuse attorneys can handle your case for financial compensation to ensure your family receives the recompense they deserve.
To ensure that your compensation case is successfully resolved, we urge you to contact our Henry County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757. Our team of attorneys offers a no obligation, free case evaluation to determine the merits of your claim. No upfront fees are required because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements.