Many families will place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of care that meets all of their health and hygiene requirements. Unfortunately, due to overcrowding, a lack of training or minimal staffing, many nursing homes are not prepared to provide even the minimal standards of care. The deficit in providing adequate care is usually detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to families of Illinois nursing home residents who have lost a loved one due to caregiver neglect while residing at skilled nursing homes like Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview.
Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 70-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved Center providing nursing services to residents of Prophetstown and Whiteside County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
310 Mosher Drive
Prophetstown, Il 61277
Prophetstown Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare summary comparison system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and health inspections and three out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Whiteside County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Ensure That a Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being Who Later Expired
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/07/2014, a notation was made by a state surveyor involving the facility's failure to "provide nursing services by not promptly assessing a resident who had a distended abdomen and was moaning all through the night.”
The deficient practice was noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a resident diagnosed with coronary artery disease and a history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA). The severely cognitively impaired resident’s 08/06/2013 MDS (Minimum Data Set) showed one-sided physical impairment.
The facility’s 02/02/2014 Incident Investigation revealed that a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) said that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) called them to the resident’s room “on 02/02/2014 at 7:45 AM.” The resident “was on his back on the floor by his bed covered with coffee ground emesis [hematemesis – coffee ground vomitus typically caused by upper gastrointestinal bleeding]. No vital signs were taken. The resident had expired.
The results of the investigation showed that [the LPN] was called to [the resident’s] room at 6:30 AM [that day] as the resident had not slept.” One hour before the resident was found to have expired, the CNA thought the resident “was pale and his stomach was distended.” The LPN agreed and asked the resident “how he felt.” The resident replied, “I am okay.”
The LPN said on 08/06/2014 that “she got a report that [the resident] had a bad night on 02/02/2014 [… and stated the resident’s] roommate said that [the resident] was moaning all night [on the night before he expired].” The roommate “was upset by all the noise [the resident] was making.” The LPN “said she observed [the resident] at 6:00 AM and 7:00 AM [on the morning he expired] and saw no signs of distress.”
The facility Staff Development Nurse – Registered Nurse – RN was interviewed at 2:58 PM on 08/06/2014 and “was asked would it be expected to do vitals and bowel sounds on a resident who had been moaning all night and had an extended abdomen.” The Staff Development Nurse replied “Yes.”
- Failure to Provide Treatment and Cares to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/07/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to identify risk factor for skin breakdown and implement pressure reduction interventions for a resident with a Stage II pressure ulcer on the right knee.” This failure involved a resident who “is totally dependent on staff for dressing, hygiene, and bathing.”
Even though the resident’s July 2014 revealed the resident “has a Stage II ulcer on the right knee, and was first identified on 10/09/2013 as a Stage II pressure ulcer, a Licensed Practical Nurse stated on 08/05/2014 “the resident doesn’t have any pressure ulcers at this time.
The facility’s Director of Nurses stated that day that “the right inner knee pressure ulcer heels and reopens again. A while back we tried to use a splint to separate the legs, but she would not keep it on.” The resident’s “therapy and nurses’ notes do not show the attempted use of a leg splint. No additional interventions were identified.”
Prophetstown Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Good Samaritan Society – Prophets Riverview, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our knowledgeable Prophetstown attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve mistreatment and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
We urge you to contact our Whiteside County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements and 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.