Many families have reported that their loved ones in nursing facilities are receiving excessive doses of antipsychotic medication in an effort to control their behavior or minimize the level of supervision required by the nursing staff. However, federal and state nursing home regulations have strict procedures and protocols abusing antipsychotic drugs that can only be used under a doctor’s orders with informed consent. Failing to follow these protocols often diminishes the patient’s quality of life. Unfortunately, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have received unnecessary medications while residing at skilled nursing homes like Helia Healthcare of Energy.
Helia Healthcare of Energy
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ 91-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Energy and Williamson County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at
210 E. College
Energy IL 62933
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers rehabilitative and restorative services and long-term care.
Energy Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Helia Healthcare of Energy maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Williamson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found a serious deficiency at this facility that involves:
- Failure to Ensure the Residents Remain Free of Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2016, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "adequately monitor behaviors and provide non-pharmacological interventions prior to increasing an antipsychotic medication.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at the facility involved one resident “reviewed for psychotropic medications.”
The findings by the state investigator included a review of a 78-year-old resident’s Admission Face Sheet revealing diagnoses including Alzheimer’s disease, hypertension, and diabetes mellitus II. The resident’s “physician’s order sheet dated August 2015 list [the resident] taking risperidone 50 milligrams solution two times a day.”
The resident’s 9:51 PM 08/11/2015 Nursing Note states that the resident “was up and wandering halls… has had many elopement attempts. When attempted to redirect, the resident has hit himself in the face, pulled on hair and yelled at staff.” The resident’s 6:21 AM 08/12/2015 notes indicate that the doctor (the resident’s primary care physician) was in the facility but “no new orders were received” that indicated that the resident’s “physician was in the facility and ordered no new additional medications at that time.”
The staff notes the resident’s “ongoing behaviors of anxiety with agitation increasing and staff unable to redirect.” As a result, the resident’s psychiatrist “notified new orders received to increase risperidone “from one milligram to two milligrams.” The investigator noted that “consent for treatment for a Conventional Antipsychotic document listed the treatment risperidone for being prescribed for ‘psychosis with agitation on 10/20/2015, psychosis second to dementia on 12/07/2015’. Another consent for treatment with an atypical antipsychotic dated 01/10/2016 lists ‘psychosis second dementia” as the reason” for the resident receiving the drug.
Four days later at 8:00 AM on 01/14/2015 and again at 11:00 AM, the resident “was observed in bed sleeping” and it was reported that the resident “did not want to get up for breakfast. At 12:45 PM, the resident was observed “to be sitting at the dining room table, with head slumped over the plate and saliva running out of [their] mouth, no food or drink been touched on the dinner tray sitting on the table in front of her.”
In a second summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/21/2014, the investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide an appropriate diagnosis, or an attempted dose reduction for antipsychotic medications for [four residents at the facility].”
In one incident, the state investigator noted that the resident had been taking the medication since at least 2011 and that their records “did not include any history of a dose reduction since at least 2011.” In addition, “there was no documentation in the record to indicate that the physician considered [a dose reduction] or addressed or reason for not attempting reduction.”
Energy Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is receiving unnecessary medications while residing as a patient at Helia Healthcare of Energy, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can stop the abuse now and represent your family in a claim for financial compensation against those who are causing your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Williamson County elder abuse law office at 888 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. We provide immediate access to our experienced lawyers through a free no-obligation case review. No upfront fees and retainers are required because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements.