Many families recognize that their only option in dealing with an elderly, disabled or injured loved one is to place them in a nursing home. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents receive poor quality care while staying at their facility. In many incidences, poor care is due to uncertified or untrained staff members or when the home is understaffed. The Decatur nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have been victimized through abuse, neglect, mistreatment or financial exploitation.
Our law firm remains committed to serving as a legal advocate to victimized residents in Illinois nursing homes. We publish currently publicly available data on the quality of care provided by nursing facilities, continuing care retirement communities and hospitals. This information serves as a valuable tool for families wishing to make a fully informed decision on where to place a loved one who requires the utmost quality of hygiene and health care.
Heartland of Decatur
Heartland of Decatur is a 117-bed skilled nursing care post-hospital facility serving residents of Macon County. It is located at:
444 West Harrison Ave.
Decatur, IL 62526
The facility provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation care along with residential care including assisted-living, dementia services, nursing home services and independent living.
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Each year, www.Medicare.gov releases a star rating summary of nursing facilities and assisted living homes nationwide. The most recent star rating summary for Heartland of Decatur shows the facility maintains an overall two out of five star rating, which is below average compared to other nursing homes in the U.S.
This rating summary includes three out of five stars for quality measures based on residential assessment of the level of care the facility provides. In addition, Heartland of Decatur rated four out of five stars in staffing, the number of hours the staff is required to work. The nursing home ranked one out of five stars (much below average) for health inspections performed by state surveyors and inspectors during scheduled and unannounced visits.
The Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers found various complaints against Heartland of Decatur. These complaints were filed by nursing home inspectors, state surveyors, residents and family members. Some of these complaints include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Environment Free of Accidents and Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/27/2015, an incident report investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to identify and assess [a resident] reviewed for history of tobacco use” and the failure “to maintain control of [the resident’s] smoking materials per the facility resident smoking guidelines.” The result shows that the resident had “unsupervised access to a lighter that resulted in a fire in [the resident’s] room.”
- Failure to Provide Care and Services for the Resident’s Highest Well-Being:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/08/2014 a complaint investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to provide treatment and services to promote healing and prevent infection for post surgical wounds resulting in infection and requiring additional hospital treatment.” The investigation is in response to hospital discharge instructions that were dated 5/2/14 documenting that the resident’s dressing should be left “in place for one week and then changed to a dry dressing daily as needed.”
However, the 5/9/14 through 5/18/14 Administration Record “documents only one dressing change on 5/12/14. By 5/19/14, the resident presented “an extremely dirty dressing. It was soaked with purulent drainage.” The facility discharged the patient to home on 5/20/14, but was admitted to a hospital the following day due to a “right lateral ankle post surgical infection. A right lateral ankle incision and drainage and placement of a vac dressing was performed. [The resident] was discharged from the hospital on 5/23/14.”
Decatur Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or a loved one, have suffered harm, abuse or injury while residing at Heartland of Decatur, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of attorneys can take legal steps to stop the abuse, neglect or mistreatment immediately.
We accept nursing home neglect and abuse cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you only pay for our legal services after we negotiate your out of court settlement or win a monetary award for you at the conclusion of a successful jury trial. We invite you to speak with us now through our online chat rooms or contact our law offices at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no obligation consultation.