Due to deteriorating medical conditions, the aging process and the use of heavy medications, many Illinois nursing home residents experience suicide ideation or the thought of taking their own lives. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols anytime an attempted suicide is made. Unfortunately, not all nurses and nurses’ aides are provided adequate training on how to properly handle a suicide attempt, which can easily lead to multiple repeated attempts. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have provided legal representation to Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered neglect, abuse, and mistreatment at skilled nursing homes like Heartland of Macomb.
Heartland of Macomb
This Nursing Home is an 80-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Macomb and McDonough County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
8 Doctors Lane
Macomb, Illinois 61455
As a part of the heartland ManorCare Health Care System, Heartland of Macomb provides around the clock skilled nursing care, memory care, independent living and assisted living options, outpatient rehabilitation care, hospice care, IV care and home healthcare services.
Macomb Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every health violation, filed complaint, safety concern and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes provide their community residents.
Currently, Heartland of Macomb maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for health inspections. The McDonough County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services of a Urinary Catheter to Eliminate the Potential of Developing Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/18/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "change a urinary catheter per physician’s orders.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting that the resident was admitted to the facility with the urinary catheter.” The resident’s 03/15/2060 Nursing Notes revealed the resident “had red urine and dried blood at the catheter site. In order was obtained that data change the urinary catheter every 30 days and as needed. Another order dated 03/16/2016 stated ‘Clarification, change urinary catheter once a month’.” Documentation of a “third order was given on 04/22/2016 ‘please change (urinary) catheter’.”
The resident’s TAR (Treatment Administration Record) documenting nursing care from the beginning of March 2016 through the end of May 2016 showed that the resident’s “urinary catheter was not changed until 04/22/2016.” The resident’s physician stated that the resident’s “urinary catheter should have been changed the first week of this month, but wasn’t.” Notations were made by the physician to “Change (urinary) catheter today!”
The resident’s physician also stated on the morning of 05/18/2016 that the resident “has had recurrent resistant urinary tract infections [...and] the resident’s catheter change was missed and should have been changed before 04/22/2016.” The physician also stated that the resident’s “catheter not being changed could have had an impact on [the resident’s] urinary tract infections not clearing up as the catheter could have been the source of the infection, and since it wasn't changed, the source of infection remained.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing on the morning of 05/20/2016 who stated “urinary catheters should be changed every 30 days or per physician’s orders. If a resident is admitted with a urinary catheter and no order to change it, the resident’s physician should be contacted for orders.” The investigator noted that the Director of Nursing “could not say why [the resident’s] catheter was not changed timely.”
- Failure to Provide Safety to a Resident Experiencing Suicide Ideation (Strong Thoughts of Committing Suicide)
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/05/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the safety of a resident with suicide ideation and previous suicide attempts.”
The facility’s 05/20/2015 Nurses Notes record that at 4:15 AM, a Registered Nurse entered a resident’s room and found the resident “with the ‘clear, plastic, oxygen, supply bag over [the resident’s] face’.” The state investigator noted that the facility failed to remain in the room with the resident after the first attempt of suicide, allowing the resident to attempt suicide a second time” which occurred soon afterward.
Macomb Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at Heartland of Macomb, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our reputable Macomb attorneys provide legal representation to victims of abuse and mistreatment.
We encourage you to contact our McDonough County elder abuse law offices by calling 888 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in a court of law.