Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are two highly infectious conditions that are highly resistant to control using many different types of antibiotics. Unfortunately, healthcare settings including nursing homes and assisted living centers produce the ideal environment for the growth of both highly infectious conditions. In many incidences, when left untreated the spread of this type of infection can cause serious issues that lead to surgical site infections, bloodstream infections and life-threatening pneumonia. Unfortunately, the Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered life-threatening injury caused by facility-acquired infections.
Our attorneys are committed to working as legal advocates for every resident of Illinois nursing facility. We publish recent publicly available data concerning opened investigations, facility violations, filed complaints and safety concerns at rehabs, nursing facilities and assisted-living homes throughout Illinois. This data helps families determine the ideal location to place an elderly loved one in need of quality care.Heddington Oaks
Heddington Oaks is a 300-bed skilled nursing home providing medical services to elderly women and men in Peoria and Peoria County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2223 West Hedding Ave.
Peoria, IL 61604
The center provides various medical services including care for Alzheimer’s patients and therapies involving physical, speech and occupational therapy along with joint replacement rehabilitation and stroke therapy.Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government posts updated star rating summaries on its website www.Medicare.gov outlining evaluations of nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, assisted-living homes and health care centers within the United States. Currently, Heddington Oaks maintains an overall two out of five stars, which is considered below average when compared to other facilities and rehabs nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures in two out of five stars for both staffing and health inspections.
The Peoria Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers note that there are numerous complaints and open investigations concerning Heddington Oaks. Some of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Spreaded Infections:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/10/2013, during an annual licensure and certification survey, a notation is made concerning the facility’s failure “to follow infection control measures regarding handwashing and wound care for [3 residents].” This is in response to repeated incidences where a certified nurses aide “did not wash his hands before applying gloves.” In one incident, the CNA failed to wash hands before applying the gloves and “then wiped [a resident’s] buttock clean after a bowel movement. [The CNA] threw away his soil gloves and did not wash his hands or apply hand sanitizer. [The CNA] then touched [the resident’s doorknob and wheelchair handles and then left [the resident’s] room and entered [another resident’s] room.”
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/09/2014 a complaint investigation was opened against Heddington Oaks due to its failure “to prevent access of medications for [2 residents] reviewed for cognitive impairment/wandering.” This is in response to a daughter of a resident finding “pills on the nightstand in [the resident’s] room, and [the resident] did not take or swallow the medications.” On a separate occasion, the facility’s director of nursing made a statement indicating “found all of [the resident’s] 7:00 AM pills in a medication cup in [the resident’s] room around 4:00 PM. The medications had been there since around 7:00 AM.”
If you, or a loved one, have suffered a facility-acquired infection or been injured in an accident while residing at Heddington Oaks or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our experienced Peoria Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take legal action immediately to stop the abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
Contact us today by calling (888) 424-5757 or through our online chat rooms to schedule a free case evaluation and consultation to discuss your claim for compensation. We accept all cases involving nursing home abuse and neglect on a contingency fee basis. This means we are only paid for our legal representation, counsel and advice after we negotiate an acceptable out-of-court settlement or win your case in a jury trial.