Staff members at every Illinois nursing facility are required to provide a level of care sufficient to prevent urinary tract infections and cross-contamination. Unfortunately, because of overcrowded conditions, insufficient training or minimal staffing, often times proper standards of care are not provided to the patients. As a result, many residents develop urinary tract infections or other serious contagious diseases that are detrimental to their health and well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to injured, neglected and abused residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Heartland Manor Nursing Center who have suffered harm due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Heartland Manor Nursing Center
This facility is an 81-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ nursing center providing cares and services to residents of Casey and Cumberland and Clark Counties, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center is located at:
410 Northwest Third
Casey, Il 62420
In addition to providing around-the-clock nursing care, Heartland Manor Nursing Center also offers short state Medicare suites, occupational, physical and speech therapies, adult day care and Alzheimer’s/dementia care.
Casey Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Heartland Manor Nursing Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Cumberland and Clark County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2014, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "maintain dignity during care and transport for two residents.” One incident involved a cognitively intact resident at 12:30 PM on 10/28/2014 where a “physical therapy assistant pushed [the resident’s] wheelchair into the physical therapy room, assisted [the resident] onto the exercise bike then pushed [the resident and resident’s wheelchair] back to his room.
The resident’s “urinary catheter drainage bag was uncovered the entire time, with mucus filled yellow urine visible to visitors, staff, and other residents.” At the time, the resident stated: “it’s a little embarrassing, I reckon.” The investigator interviewed the facility’s LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) that afternoon at 1:45 PM who stated that the resident “has had that mucus in his urine since he was admitted and I’ve never seen the urinary bag covered since he came here.”
- Failure to Provide Proper Urinary Catheter Care to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections and Cross-Contamination
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/31/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “provide services to prevent a urinary tract infection (UTI) by failing to maintain a urinary drainage bag below the level of the bladder.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to prevent cross-contamination during catheter care for two residents.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation of a resident was made at 10:25 AM on 10/30/2014 while “in his bed positioned on his back with his urinary catheter drainage bag strapped to his left lower leg. At that time, [the resident’s] legs were elevated on pillows above the level of his bladder.”
Twenty minutes later, a Certified Nurse’s Aide confirmed that the resident’s “urinary catheter drainage bag was positioned above the level of [their] bladder and that urine was present in the drainage bag at the junction of the urinary catheter and drainage bag.” A Licensed Practical Nurse stated at the time that the resident’s “urinary drainage bag should have been changed from the leg back to the bedside bag when he was transferred to his bed.” The actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 01/03/2013 Daily Perineal / Catheter Care Policy that reads in part:
“Keep the catheter drainage bag below the bladder level at all times to prevent backflow of urine that could cause an infection.”
Casey Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Heartland Manor Nursing Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our seasoned Casey attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Cumberland and Clark 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 fees only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.