Every allegation or incident involving physical, mental, sexual or verbal abuse occurring in a nursing facility must be thoroughly investigated by the Administrator and reported to the Illinois State Agency. Unfortunately, not every nursing home follows these procedures and protocols, which is often to the detriment of the victim. In many incidences, the victim is repeatedly assaulted because they are unable to speak out against the perpetrator out of the fear of retaliation. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have provided legal representation Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered abuse and mistreatment at skilled nursing homes like Havana Health Care Center.
Havana Health Care Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 98-certified-bed Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Havana and Mason County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
609 North Harpham Street
Havana, Il 62644
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Havana Health Care Center provides around the clock skilled nursing care along with Alzheimer’s/dementia care, memory care and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Havana Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Havana Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns. The Mason County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Incident or Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "ensure an allegation of verbal abuse was immediately reported to the Administrator.” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to initiate an investigation and report an injury of unknown origin within 24 hours” to the State Agency.
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of the 11/30/2015 Incident Report Form that documents a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “reported that she observed another CNA speak to [the resident] in a rude manner.” The “accused employee [was] immediately removed from the facility.”
The report revealed that the Certified Nursing Assistant approached the resident “who was incontinent of urine while sitting in a chair by the nurses’ station and spoke to [the resident] with a ‘loud and rude tone’.” The document revealed that the CNA stated to the resident “Why are you sitting there, you are soaked with urine. Why would you do that?”
The facility administrator stated it 8:40 AM on 12/02/2015 that the CNA “did not report the allegation of ‘rude’ comments made to the resident by the [other Certified Nursing Assistant] on 11/29/2015 immediately to her, as instructed in the facility policy [...and] confirmed [the reporting CNA] waited until the following day to call the facility and report the incident.”
- Failure to Immediately 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 09/24/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “inform the physician promptly of changes in the resident’s condition regarding a decrease in an oxygen saturation level.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a resident diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), morbid obesity, acute respiratory failure with hypoxia and obstructive sleep apnea. A review of the resident’s 09/09/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) documents that the resident “has shortness of breath.”
On the morning of 09/21/2015, the resident “was in the therapy room performing leg exercises while seated in the wheelchair [...and] their breathing was labored.” The Physical Therapy Assistant noted that the resident’s oxygen level was 87% – 88%, and when rechecked five minutes later at risen to 90%. The resident had noticeable audible wheezing.
The investigator noted that the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) providing the resident care had “not reported the resident shortness of breath her oxygen saturation level during physical therapy activities [on that date and had] not reported this information to [the resident’s] physician” as required by law.
Havana Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is being abused while residing at Havana Health Care Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our qualified Illinois reputable attorneys represent victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois nursing facilities.
We encourage you to contact our Mason County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in a court of law.