Illinois and federal government nursing home regulatory agencies develop and enforce policies and procedures to ensure that every nursing home resident remains safe while receiving health and hygiene care. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities in the state fail to provide adequate supervision of their nursing staff who will often take shortcuts at the expense of the resident’s health. Sadly, the Granite City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered serious preventable accidents caused by the negligent actions of their caregivers.Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is an 86-certified bed for-profit Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Granite City and Madison County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3500 Century Dr.
Granite City, IL 62040
In addition to providing short- and long-term nursing care, the facility also offers memory care, subacute rehabilitation and enhanced therapies when recovering from various conditions including hip fractures, knee replacements, sports injuries, orthopedic injuries, cardiac illnesses, stroke, TBIs (traumatic brain injuries), spinal cord injury and pain management.Granite City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
As a way to keep families updated on the most recently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns at nursing facilities nationwide, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database systems. The historical information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. Our Granite City nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and filed complaints involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/15/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow proper techniques for mechanical lifts and pivot transfers according to their policy.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected two residents at the facility where one resident sustained “a fractured femur” and the other “sustained a fractured hip” during improper transfers.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed a resident’s 03/21/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that documented that the resident “requires extensive assist of one staff for transfers” and has “long/short term memory loss.” The resident’s April 2016 Care Plan documented of the resident “requires transfers with one assist and a gait belt.”
The facility’s 05/14/2016 Injury of Unknown Origin Investigation report documents that at approximately 4:15 PM, the resident “was sitting at the nurses’ station and complained of right leg pain and was rubbing his right upper leg.” The investigator noted that the report documents “that upon assessment, [the resident’s] right upper leg was swollen with no bruising or redness noted. The report documents the physician was notified and an order for an x-ray was obtained. Results of the x-ray revealed that the resident suffered a “spinal fracture of the distal right female shaft with shortening, displacement and apex anterior angulation” with a “fracture line encircling the shaft like stripes on a candy cane.” The document revealed that “a twisting force to the thigh causes this type of fracture.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the resident “was last transferred by [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on] the afternoon of 05/14/2016.” The Certified Nursing Assistant documented that the resident “grabbed a hold the bed rail on the left and turned his body to sit up” while the CNA was attempting to get him out of bed. It was documented that the resident “repeatedly cursed” during the attempt to transfer that failed. Repeated attempts were tried in an effort to successfully transfer the resident from the bed to the wheelchair.
The Certified Nursing Assistant was “asked if he used a gait belt during the transfer with [the resident] and stated ‘No, [the resident] had no gait belt on, should have had one on him, but I didn’t’.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator 2:00 PM on 06/14/2016 who stated that to use gate belts on all pivot transfers and that [the CNA] had been inserviced [trained] on gait belt transfers regularly with one done just prior to the incident occurring.” The Administrator “provided Transfer Training Sheets including gait belt use that documented [the CNA] was last trained on 03/23/2016. However, the facility’s 05/17/2016 Disciplinary Notes documents that the resident “on 05/14/2016, the employee failed to follow safety rules by failing to use a gait belt when transferring a resident.”
If your loved one has been injured, abused or mistreated while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Granite Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Madison County elder abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of obtaining financial compensation on your behalf for your damages, injuries, and losses.
To successfully resolve your financial recompense case, we encourage you to contact our Granite City Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. No upfront fees are required because we accept nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency.