The state of Illinois and the federal government have established strict protocols on the use of psychotropic medications to control a nursing home resident’s behaviors of aggression. Before a psychotropic drug can be administered, the patient’s behaviors must be evaluated by a doctor and an informed consent form must be signed by the resident or the resident’s power of attorney. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility follows these protocols and instead administer psychotropic drugs without consent or according to the rules. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of mistreatment who have been administered unnecessary psychotropic medications while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 60-certified-bed nursing home providing cares and services to residents of McLeansboro and Hamilton County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center is located at:
609 South Marshall
Mcleansboro, Illinois 62859
McLeansboro Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a historical list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Hamilton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have located various safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/25/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure that psychotropic medications were gradually reduced unless clinically contraindicated or that a clinical rationale counter indicating gradual dose reduction was documented.”
The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to provide relevant behavior monitoring, documentation intervention for [two residents at the facility] reviewed for psychotropic medication.” A review of one resident’s 03/16/2015 and 08/25/2015 Pharmacy Consultation Reports both have recommendations made by the consultant pharmacist for [the resident] to continue [psychotropic medications] twice a day.” While checked and signed by the physician for the resident, the resident’s “medical record does not contain a physician documented clinical rationale to explain why the reduction of the [psychotropic medication] was not attempted.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Care Plan Coordinator on the early afternoon of 09/23/2015 who “acknowledged the gradual dose reduction had not been attempted, and that the record failed to include a clinical rationale counter indicating gradual dose reduction.”
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/08/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "notify the physician and [the resident’s] Power of Attorney (POA) with changes in conditions for [two residents at the facility] reviewed for resident’s rights.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings noting that at 1:30 PM on 09/03/2015, a resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) “stated the facility had only said [the resident] had fallen and had a small knot on her head.” The POA “stated he’d come to visit [the resident] the previous weekend on 08/29/2015, and she had bruising all around both eyes and looked horrible [...and] stated the reason he [the POA] had come into the facility was because his granddaughter had been in the week after the resident had fallen taken pictures of [the resident’s] injuries.”
The POA stated, “his granddaughter sent him the pictures because [the resident] looks so bad and she [the granddaughter] was concerned.” The POA stated “he came to the facility because he intended to find out what was going on with [the resident] because this was the second time [the resident] had fallen and hit her head [...and] stated the nurse he talked to the day [the resident] fell stated [the resident] had fallen and [the resident] only had a bump on her head but everything else was fine.”
The investigator noted that “no documentation was found regarding POA notification regarding findings of an ER visit or doctor recommendations after 08/07/2015 after her return and subsequent visit.”
McLeansboro Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while a resident at Hamilton Memorial Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our knowledgeable respected attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve neglect, abuse, and mistreatment happening in Illinois nursing homes.
We urge you to contact our Hamilton County elder abuse law office at 888 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. Our skilled Illinois attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.