Helia Healthcare provides skilled nursing and long-term care along with rehabilitation and restorative services at 13 locations throughout Illinois. These cities include Belleville, Benton, Champaign, Energy, Greenville, Olney, West Frankfort and Yorkville. The company operates four rehabilitation centers and nine skilled nursing homes, claiming a commitment to providing superior levels of compassionate care to every resident.
- Skilled Nursing – Helia Healthcare provides clinical services to residents including IV therapies, restorative nursing, wound care, nutritional support, advanced respiratory solutions and cardiac care to meet the specific needs of each patient. Upon admittance, the resident’s current condition will be evaluated by a physician to assist in developing a plan of care that addresses the health, physical and emotional needs of the patient.
- Rehabilitation and Restorative Services – The care centers owned and operated by Helia Healthcare provide rehabilitation, therapy and restorative services to assist patients healing from illnesses, injuries or surgeries. This includes physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy along with recreational therapies that are beneficial to the resident eager to return to various hobbies and activities.
- Long-Term Care – Patients with an emotional, mental or physical disability or individual suffering from chronic illness often require long-term care. Helia Healthcare offers long-term solutions including memory care for patients suffering dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. The centers provide advanced respiratory care using innovative portable ventilators and developmental disability solutions to minimize distress and agitation associated with many developmental disabilities.
In addition to the above medical and physical assistance services, Helia Healthcare provides hospice care to patients and families. The services include support and comfort using effective solutions including symptom and pain management and other palliative care. The company provides hospice services at a time in the patient’s life when treatments, surgeries, procedures and care options are no longer effective.
Nursing Home Ratings & Helia Healthcare
The U.S. federal government, through CMS (Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services), rates every nursing facility across the nation, based on three criteria including health inspections, staffing and quality measures. The simple rating system provides an instant snapshot of how well each nursing facility is managed, including quality measures that rate the facility’s response to fulfilling the needs of every resident. Staff ratings provide staffing hours data indicating the demand of the workforce including registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses and licensed practical nurses. Certified inspectors visiting the location formulate the health inspection results. The more stars reported at the facility, the better the rating.
The rating system managed by CMS is updated continuously. Current rate results show that Helia Healthcare of Greenville rates above average overall with four out of five stars in health inspections, and two out of five stars for quality measures and staffing. Helia Healthcare of Energy rates three out of five stars overall with high marks in staffing and quality measures and below average marks for health inspections. All other Illinois-based Helia Healthcare Centers rate “below average” and “much below average” overall in the rating system.
Allegations of Mistreatment Involving Helia Facilities
The most common problems patients suffer in nursing facilities involve neglect and abuse at the hands of caregivers and other residents. In December 2014, a survivor of a woman who had resided at a Helia Healthcare facility filed suit claiming her friend had died from conditions that arose from neglect at the nursing home. The lawsuit alleges that the woman had suffered from malnutrition, dehydration, urinary tract infection, depression, pneumonia, injuries from falling, loss of social and cognitive skills while under the care of Helia Healthcare.
As a result of the victim’s death, the survivor incurred extensive bills including medical costs along with funeral and burial expenses. The lawsuit indicated that the nursing facility employees failed in protecting the victim from neglect while providing substandard care. The victim had lived at the facility for less than three months.
Helia Malpractice Awards and Cases
Illinois Nursing Home Case Filed in Kane County
This case was filed in the western suburbs of Illinois after complications resulted at a Helia Healthcare location. The resident was a sixty-year-old man. He entered the facility after undergoing spinal fusion surgery. While living there, he experienced infections and other issues related to different catheters that were used. These eventually developed so badly that he passed away due to their effects. He was survived by a wife, son, and daughter. They claimed that the facility negligently monitored the catheters and that this negligent supervision allowed their loved one’s health to deteriorate so badly. They sought compensation for this chain of events and his wrongful passing.
Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Brought in Champaign County
This lawsuit was first filed in central Illinois, Champaign County. It alleged various misdeeds at a Helia Healthcare location. The compliant makes out that the female resident experienced sexual assault. Further, it claims that she contracted a sexually transmitted disease from that sexual assault incident(s). Also, in an unrelated event, it states that she was injured due to a negligent insertion of a gastrosotomy tube. It is unclear who committed the assault. However, if it was done by an employee, the facility could face added pressure based upon its screening, hiring, and supervisory processes. As is, the cause of action can set forth a claim for damages related to physical pain, emotional pain, and mental pain as well as long-term changes in her quality of life. Plus, there are also normal set asides for fees and expenses especially for medical bills and costs of legal filings.
Illinois Nursing Home Case Filed in DuPage County
This controversy arose at a Helia Healthcare location in the suburbs of Chicago. The matter involved bed sores. Those occur when pressure, friction, or shearing tears open the skin. Then, other complications can arise like infection, tissue damage, or bone bruising. Here, the resident had bed sores on both heels. Apparently, they arose and progressed after she got to this facility. Staff did not properly spot or treat them. The claim alleged that this failure led to or was a part of her death. Had the nursing home personnel sufficiently prevented or treated the bed sores, she would still be okay they argued. Bed sores are a common problem at long-term care facilities. In cases involving them, plaintiffs often ask for damages related to the pain, suffering, disfigurement, and medical bills that they create. If death arises, then they seek compensation for that as well. That may include monies for lost support, lost companionship, and similar losses.
Illinois Nursing Home Lawsuit Brought in Sangamon County
This case involved a typical problem nursing home faces: preventing residents from falling down and injuring themselves. It might seem easy and innocuous. However, it is a frequent and even deadly topic at long-term care facilities. Here, the resident tumbled over and suffered broken bones in his face, a hemorrhage, and a fractured spine at the L2/L3 spot. This occurred in April. In December of that year, the man passed away. Lawyers for the man’s estate said that the two events were related. They sued the nursing home. Their complaint alleged that the defendant negligently watched over him and negligently restrained him. Consequently, they argued, he suffered physical injuries that pained him, cost him financially, lowered his life expectancy, and eventually took his life. They sought compensation for these economic and non-economic damages. The outcome of this case is yet to be determined.
When Taking Legal Action Becomes Necessary for Harm at a Helia Nursing Home
The above case filed against Helia Healthcare Services is a common issue when the staff is overworked or inadequately trained. Many nursing home negligence and abuse lawsuits involve a failure to provide quality of care or revise a healthcare plan when the needs of the patient evolve. Often times, the medical staff, including doctors and nurses, fail in their responsibilities to protect the health and safety of the patient from any type of intentional or unintentional neglect.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is ready to assist you and your family get the answers you deserve when a loved one is injured at a skilled nursing facility. Should we determine an error occurred, we will swiftly move forward and get all pleadings on file. As with all of our cases, we work on a contingency fee basis where a legal fee is charged only when there is a successful recovery for you.
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