Aging nursing home residents tend to have an increased risk of developing pressure sores (bedsores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) especially those residing in a facility that provides minimal standards of care. While an emerging Level I bedsore can cause discomfort, without immediate treatment, the sort can easily develop into a life-threatening pressure ulcer involving serious infections. Sadly, the East Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent many residents who have developed a facility-acquired bedsore, often placing their lives in jeopardy.
Our experienced attorneys serve as legal advocates for residents in nursing facilities all across Illinois. We post current publicly available information detailing ongoing investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns of nursing homes, assisted living facilities and health care center statewide. This valuable data can be effective in deciding where to place an aging loved one who requires the utmost skilled nursing care.
Heartland of Riverview
Heartland of Riverview is a 71-bed post-hospital skilled nursing facility providing medical services to residents of East Peoria and Tazewell County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
500 Centennial Dr.
East Peoria, IL 61611
The health center provides short-term rehabilitation, long-term residential care solutions and post-hospital care including skilled nursing care.
Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
The website www.Medicare.gov posts updated star rating summaries on nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Heartland of Riverview maintains a four out of five star rating, including two stars for staffing, three stars for health inspections and five stars for quality measures.
However, the East Peoria nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous violations, complaints, opened investigations and safety concerns involving Heartland of Riverview that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Care to Prevent or Heal Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/15/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for their failure to “provide physician order daily treatments for [a resident].” This is in response to an 11/15/11 incident where the “Record Review of Treatment Administration Record of November, 2011 verified with [director of nurses]” that indicated “that there were blanks on treatment sheets for” the resident “without explanation for not providing the required skincare treatments for [the resident].”
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of the Spread of Infections:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/15/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against Heartland of Riverview noting that the facility “failed to implement their ‘Cleaning Policy and Procedure when there is evidence of Clostridium difficile’, failed to practice hand hygiene, and failed to handle linens and keep dirty linens off the floor to reduce the spread of infection and prevent cross contamination for [3 residents] who have active Clostridium difficile infections. This failure has the potential to affect all 67 residents residing in the facility.”
- Failure to Maintain a Residential Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/18/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility noting their failure “to follow facility policy when transferring a resident with a gait belt and failed to provide supervision of a resident while toileting.” This is in response to a resident falling “while being transferred from the wheelchair to the toilet, hit her head on the shower wall, and sustained a Subdural Hematoma and significant bruising to the back of the head and neck.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/19/2011, a complaint investigation was filed against the facility for its failure “to monitor [a resident] who fell on 01/05/11.” This is in response to a resident diagnosed with persistent mental disorder, depression, osteoarthritis and muscle weakness who fell while “trying to transfer self from the toilet to the wheelchair.” The administrative nurse “stated that the direct care staff for all re-inserviced regarding safety and preventions of falls.”
East Peoria Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or your loved one, have suffered a facility-acquired bedsore or been abused, neglected or mistreated while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Heartland of Riverview, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal representation. Our dedicated East Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys can stop the harm now.
We encourage you to contact us through our online chat rooms or by phone at (888) 424-5757 today. We accept all personal injury, medical malpractice and nursing home abuse cases on contingency. This means you receive immediate legal representation, advice and counsel without the need of paying us any upfront fees. All of our legal services will be paid only from a jury award at the conclusion of a successful trial or after we negotiate your settlement out of court.