Nursing facilities are required to use a gait belt for any resident who requires assistance when moving, walking, bathing, lifting or transferring between the bed and wheelchair. The nursing staff is expected to properly use the gait belt in accordance with the direction of the Physical Therapist at the facility. Unfortunately, the Geneva elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered serious injury caused by the negligence of Certified Nursing Assistants, Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses at facilities throughout Illinois.
A gait belt or safety belt as an effective fall prevention device that is applied around the resident’s waist to assist the resident in balancing, walking and lifting. To use it effectively, the Certified Nursing Assistant is required to firmly grasp the back of the gait belt while walking slightly behind or alongside the resident. However, many Certified Nursing Assistants lack proper training to use the device properly, resulting in catastrophic injuries if the resident falls.Greenfields of Geneva
Greenfields of Geneva is a 43-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating continuing care retirement community providing services to residents of Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia and Kane County. The facility is located at:
0N801 Friendship Way
Geneva, Illinois 60134
The residential and care options at Greenfields of Geneva include:
- Independent living
- Assisted living
- Long term and short term care
- Memory care
- Skilled nursing care around the clock
- Physical, occupational, and speech therapies
- IV therapy
- Orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation
The federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their databases to reflect the most current information on opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of nursing homes throughout the United States. The updated information is posted online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov, through a comparative analysis tool used by families in search of finding the best location to place a loved one in a nursing facility providing the highest level of care.
Currently, Greenfields of Geneva maintains an overall four out of five available stars compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues, and health concerns. However, our Geneva nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints and safety concerns. One of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Nursing Home Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident Causing Actual Harm
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/18/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow physical therapy instructions for transferring and assisting residents to use the bathroom.” In addition, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to follow their policy for transferring residents.” It was noted that the failure resulted in the resident “sustaining a cervical fracture and being hospitalized.”
The incident was first noted after a falling incident occurred at the facility where the resident was discharged to a local hospital. The state investigator reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident “was not steady, only able to stabilize with staff assistance for moving from seated to standing positions, walking, turning around and moving on and off the toilet and surface to surface transfer.” The resident’s Fall Risk Assessment showed that the resident scored an 11 indicating the resident “was a high fall risk with a score of 10 or above.”
On the date of the incident, a Certified Nursing Assistant transferred the resident “to the bathroom with a walker [… by bringing] a wheelchair in to transfer [the resident] to the bathroom but [the resident] said she could walk with a walker.” The Certified Nursing Assistant said that “she did not place a gait belt on [the resident] during the transfer [...and] said she walked with the resident to the bathroom and let go of [the resident] to adjust the toilet seat.” The CNA said that “when I let go of her, she fell… on her buttocks and then fell backward and hit her head on the wheel of the wheelchair.”
The state investigator noted that the action of the Certified Nursing Assistant failed to follow the facility’s policies and procedures titled Safe Resident Handling that reads in part: “Gait belt usage is mandatory for all resident assists with the exception of bed mobility and/or medical contraindications.”
If your loved one has suffered in a falling accident occurring in any Illinois nursing facility, including Greenfields of Geneva, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you determine the level of financial compensation you deserve. Our team of competent Kane County elder abuse lawyers can provide numerous legal options on how to successfully resolve your case. Our law firm has extensive experience in seeking justice on behalf of our clients all throughout the state of Illinois.
To better understand the level of compensation you deserve, we urge you to contact our Geneva Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, initial case consultation. We accept every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit and nursing home neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we successfully resolve your case through a negotiated out of court settlement or winning your case in a lawsuit trial.