Nearly every family member places their loved one in a nursing facility in the hopes of they will receive the highest quality care to ensure they maintain their current condition. However, due to overcrowding and understaffing, the level of care provided to every resident can vary greatly. Unfortunately, the Paxton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered neglect at the hands of their caregivers due to a lack of training, and experience or outright mistreatment.
Nursing facilities have a legal obligation to respond to any change in condition and ensure that a qualified professional assesses the condition, needs, and changes while providing pertinent information to make sure that adequate treatment is given. This includes notifying the doctor immediately and follow their instructions whether this includes changing treatment, altering medications or sending the resident to the hospital for emergent care.
Heartland of Paxton
Heartland of Paxton is a 106-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility providing nursing services to residents of Paxton and Ford County, Illinois. The for-profit Corporation is located at:
1001 E. Pells St.
Paxton, Illinois 60957
The facility provides services that include post-hospital care and rehabilitation along with short-term and long-term nursing home care, assisted living and independent living.
Paxton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, federal and state regulatory agencies routinely update their national nursing home databases as a comparative analysis tool concerning facilities throughout the United States. The updated information is posted to a variety of federal and state websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, Heartland of Paxton maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared to other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Paxton nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints, health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor and Family Members of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a status change for [one resident at the facility] reviewed for a change in status.” The deficient practice was first noted on 12/26/2015 in a resident’s General Progress Notes completed by a Registered Nurse the facility.
At 3:50 PM, the documentation notes of the resident “complained of chest pain.” By 4:00 PM, the nursing staff spoke with the resident’s wife regarding the resident’s “complaints of chest pain.” The resident’s wife affirmed the resident’s “full code [status stating that the resident] had an aneurysm.” At that time, the Registered Nurse indicates they will call the resident’s physician and abide by their decision. However, at 4:10 PM, the phone call “goes to voicemail” so the nurse pages the doctor. By 4:15 PM, the resident “states the chest pain is horrible [but still there is] no word from the physician.” By 4:25 PM, the resident “states the pain is less [...and by 6:30 PM] no further complaints of chest pain.” The investigator notes that by 7:00 PM, the resident now denies there’s pain but still there is no word from the doctor.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 1:15 PM on 01/20/2016 who stated that the Registered Nurse “should have contacted [the physician regarding the resident’s] chest pain [...and if the nurse was] unable to reach [the doctor, the nurse] should have contacted [the facility’s Medical Director].”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement preventative pressure ulcer measures.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Heartland of Paxton affected one resident at the facility “with a Stage II pressure ulcer between [their] right great toe and [the] second toe.”
The failure was first noted after a review of the resident’s 10/09/2015 Care Plan that documents the resident is “at risk for alterations in skin integrity related to a history of pressure ulcers and toes crossing over each other. Interventions include applying foam between first and second toes bilaterally.”
Upon observation on 01/20/2015, the investigator noted that upon removal of the resident’s socks, the resident had “no foam present between first and second toes of either foot.” The Registered Nurse indicated that the resident “is supposed to have foam there (between first and second toes), they don’t always check for it.”
Paxton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury, harm or mistreatment while residing at Heartland of Paxton or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of dedicated Paxton elder abuse lawyers has access to every necessary resource to build a case for compensation to ensure that your loved one recovers their financial damages.
We encourage you to contact our Ford County nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free case review. We accept all personal injury claims for compensation on contingency, so no upfront payment is necessary.