The use of physical restraints in Illinois nursing homes is strictly regulated to ensure that no resident is restrained against their will and without authorization. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility follows procedures and protocols to obtain a physician’s orders or obtain an informed consent before placing a restraint to control the patient. These unauthorized actions diminish the quality of life of the resident and violate federal/state nursing home regulations and facility policy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents who have been restraint without authorization while residing in Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Helia Healthcare of Greenville.
Helia Healthcare of Greenville
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 90-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepted facility providing nursing cares and services to residents of Greenville and Bond County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
400 East Hillview Avenue
Greenville, Il 62246
The Nursing Center provides skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, and long-term care options.
Greenville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of every safety concern, filed complaint, opened investigation and health violation. This data can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Helia Healthcare of Greenville maintains an overall two 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 quality measures, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Bond County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2016, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "assess the risk versus benefits and medical symptoms justifying the use of restraints.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 03/10/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) noting the resident requires “extensive assistance of two staff members for ADL (activities of daily living).” The document also revealed that the resident “has no restraints.”
The state investigator noted that the resident’s April 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) “does not have any documentation for order of seatbelts.” In addition, the resident’s July 2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) has a 06/28/2016 handwritten note stating to “discontinue lap buddy, put on a self-releasing alarmed seatbelt. The order is not signed/cosigned by any staff member or physician.”
The resident’s 03/29/2016 Care Plan documents “Problems: Falls; [the resident] has a history of falls related to the diagnosis of Parkinson’s and attempts to transfer self. Goal: [the resident] will remain free from injury. Approach: break away seatbelt with alarm.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that “there is no documentation in [the resident’s] Clinical Record of a current Assessment of [the resident’s] alarmed seatbelt.” It was also noted that the resident’s 06/20/2015 Quarterly Review of Restraints and Enablers “does not document a medical diagnosis or risk versus benefits for the use of a seatbelt” in violation of state and federal nursing home regulations.
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2016, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "interact with residents while assisting with meals to promote dignity.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Assistant “standing up leaning over the table in the dining room feeding [a resident] bites of her lunch.” During that time, that CNA and another Certified Nursing Assistant “were overheard discussing that if the facility gets a tag [by the surveyor] they would get a fine and have to pay a lot of money [while] they were feeding [2 residents]. During that time, [both CNAs] did not engage in conversation with [the residents].
The facility’s Corporate Auditor was interviewed by the state investigator at 4:00 PM that same day who stated that “any conversation regarding the survey process between eight in front of residents would be inappropriate [...and later stated] “staff are trained to sit high level with residents and engage with residents while they are feeding them.” In an interview with the facility’s Administrator, Assistant Administrator, and Director of Nursing, it was stated by all that “they would expect staff to sit while feeding residents.”
Greenville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered injury or died prematurely while residing at Helia Healthcare of Greenville, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our knowledgeable Greenville qualified attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve mistreatment, neglect and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Bond County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive 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.