The use of psychotropic medications in nursing facilities is highly restricted, where the doctor and resident or their Power of Attorney (POA) must consent to its use. In addition, a notification to the doctor and resident’s representative must be made any time there is a change in the dosage of medication (higher or lower). Failing to notify either the doctor or the resident’s responsible party is in violation of federal and state laws. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment who have been given psychotropic drugs unnecessarily and without authorization while residing in Illinois nursing facilities including Hawthorne Inn of Danville.
Hawthorne Inn of Danville
This Nursing Home is an 80-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ nursing facility providing cares and services to residents of Danville and Vermillion County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted facility is located at:
3222 Independence Drive
Danville, Il 61832
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Hawthorne Inn of Danville offers dementia/Alzheimer’s care, assisted living options and the Liberty Village Bounce Back Rehabilitation Program.
Danville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a complete list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations that are routinely updated by the state of Illinois and the federal government. This information can be used to make a well-informed decision of which nursing facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
Currently, Hawthorne Inn of Danville maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, four out of five stars for health inspections and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Vermillion County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this Danville nursing home that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Medicine Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Drugs
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state surveyor concerning the facility's failure to "Ensure residents psychotropic medication consents included the correct dosage amount after the psychotic tropic medication is increased.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 02/02/2016 through 03/02/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) Report stating that on 02/09/2016, the resident was to receive an antipsychotic medication twice a day as ordered. The resident’s 02/04/2016 Psychotropic Medication Consent Form was signed by the resident’s husband.
However, the facility Director of Nurses stated on 03/01/2016 that “a new psychotropic medication consent was not updated to reflect the increase in dosage of [the resident’s psychotropic drugs].” The investigator noted this was in violation of state and federal law and the facility’s revised September 2008 Psychopharmacological Drug Usage Procedure Policy that reads in part:
“Consent for use of psychopharmacologic medications must be in writing by the resident and/or resident’s representative.”
The investigator noted that the “policy fails to identify the inclusion of medication dosage on the consent.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “dispose a lung tube drainage system in a biohazard container and failed to disinfect hair rollers between usage.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings at 1:45 PM on 03/01/2016, “a lung tube drainage bottle was foul-smelling green/gray liquid with mold-like substance growing and the liquid was on the counter in the soiled utility room in Manor Court.” In an interview that day, the Environmental Director stated “I have no idea what that bottle is, but it was very foul-smelling. I will get the Director of Nursing.”
The Director of Nursing stated that day that the item on the countertop “is a lung drainage bottle [… that] should have been placed in the biohazard red bag and disposed of immediately after removal. The last resident who had a lung drain expired on 01/08/2016, therefore the bottle has sat on the counter from 01/08/2016 through 03/01/2016.”
Danville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Hawthorne Inn of Danville, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our experienced, reputable Illinois attorneys provide victims of nursing home abuse, neglect or mistreatment the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm. Our law firm can provide your family legal options on how to proceed to obtain the financial compensation you deserve for your loved one’s damages.
To successfully resolve your financial compensation case, we encourage you to contact our Vermilion County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are paid for our sevices only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.