Many falling accidents that occur in nursing facilities could be avoided if the nursing staff develops effective interventions for patients at high risk for falling. Unfortunately, many facilities failed to take appropriate measures including completing a comprehensive assessment and evaluation of fall risk patients. Without intervention, the resident is often exposed to dangerous situations when left unattended, especially when attempting to self-transfer from their bed to wheelchair to use the toilet. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Heartland of Normal who have suffered serious harm or injury needlessly from an accident that could have been avoided if the caregivers had developed effective interventions or provided adequate supervision.
Heartland of Normal
This facility is a 116-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Normal and McLean County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
Normal, Il 61761
As a part of the Heartland ManorCare Health Care System, Heartland of Normal provides short-term rehabilitation, around-the-clock skilled nursing care, assisted living options, independent living, memory care, outpatient rehabilitation, IV therapy, hospice care and home healthcare.
Normal Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with comprehensive details of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heartland of Normal maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. The McLean County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility including:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/03/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow post-fall interventions for [a resident] reviewed for falls.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 08/15/2016 Admission Screen by a Registered Nurse or documents the resident was diagnosed with “Repeated falls, multiple rib fractures, abnormal gait, muscle weakness, and macular degeneration.”
The report also documents of the resident “has a history of falls, utilizes a walker and wheelchair and was admitted with a ‘large purple bruise on the right flank due to a fall, scattered purple bruising to mid back due to a fall, and swelling to bilateral knees.” The resident’s fall assessments document that the resident had numerous falls between 08/20/2016 and 08/26/2016, typically while attempting to transfer self from the wheelchair to the bed.”
Twice on 08/20/2016, the resident fell while attempting to self-transfer to the bathroom. The staff generated an intervention to use a “bright colored visual reminder in the room to push the call light for assistance.” The 08/21/2016 fall occurred when the resident attempted to transfer from the wheelchair to the bed while the “brakes of the wheelchair were unlocked.” The nursing staff intervened by “reinforcing wheelchair safety as needed such as locking brakes.”
The fall occurring on 08/26/2016 occurred when the resident was attempting to use the bathroom without assistance. The nursing staff intervened by checking “for unmet needs frequently, such as toileting.” A notation was made that the resident again fell on 08/29/2016 in their room and was found “on the ground facing the bed, sitting upright” while the brakes to the wheelchair were unlocked.
An observation was made of the resident on the morning of 08/30/2016 sitting up in the wheelchair in their room without a walker in the room. A follow-up observation at 10:17 AM also showed there was “no walker in the room.” The physical therapist stated on 08/31/2016 that “a walker was given to the resident upon initial evaluation. ‘I did not know that the walker had been removed from [the resident’s] room’.”
The Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care stated on 08/30/2016 that the “[resident’s] bed should be in a low position but when [the resident’s] family is here, they put it at a regular height so [the resident] can sit at the side of the bed to visit. [The resident’s] bed was in the normal position [the previous day] when the fall occurred, and not in a low position.”
Normal Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Heartland of Normal, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Normal Illinois law firm can provide various options and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing your loved one harm both and legally and financially accountable. Our team of attorneys can handle the entire process of filing and resolving a claim for financial compensation to ensure your loved one’s damages are recovered.
We encourage you to contact our McLean County elder abuse law offices by calling 888 424-5757 today to schedule your free case evaluation. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.