Any incident or allegation of abuse occurring in an Illinois nursing facility must be immediately reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health. This action ensures that the victim is not repeatedly assaulted physically, mentally, sexually, verbally or emotionally. Unfortunately, not every facility follows these procedures and protocols. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of abuse who reside in Illinois nursing homes including Henderson County Retirement Center.
Henderson County Retirement Center
This facility is a 60-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-accepted nursing home providing services and cares to residents of Stronghurst and Henderson County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
604 Oakwood Drive
Stronghurst, Il 61480
Stronghurst Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system with complete details of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. The online search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Henderson County Retirement Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the US. This includes five 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 Henderson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/07/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyor while performing an annual licensure and certification survey in regards to the facility’s failure to “safely transfer a resident [who was] reviewed for increased need for ADL (activities of daily living) help.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident whose 03/03/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “requires extensive assistance with two-person physical assistance for transferring between surfaces and [the resident] has limitations in range of motion in lower extremities.” The investigator noted that the resident’s Care Plan includes an intervention dated 10/07/2014 which documents ‘The resident requires extensive assist by two staff to move between surfaces as necessary’.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants on the morning of 04/05/2016 assisting the resident “with a transfer from [the resident’s] reclining wheelchair into [the resident’s] bed. During the transfer, [the CNA] placed a gait belt around [the resident’s] chest.” Both certified nursing assistants “were staying on each side of [the resident and place their] arms underneath [the resident’s] armpits and grabbed the gait belt lifting [the resident] into the air.” The resident “did not stand or bear weight during the transfer [...and their] knees and thighs were not supported during the transfer [… while their] legs and feet were slightly drawn up and dangling in the air during the transfer.
The investigator interviewed the facilities Director of Nursing later that morning who stated that the resident “is a two-person transfer [...and] cannot bear weight.” The director also stated that they “would have expected [the CNAs] to transfer the resident by doing a fireman/cradle lift so the [the resident’s] legs did not dangle.” The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated policy titled: Two Man Lift that reads in part:
“This technique is used for transferring a resident from one surface to another without placing undue stress on the resident’s joints.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation or Incident Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/18/2013, a notation was made by the state surveyor in regards to the facility’s failure to “investigate a report to allegations of abuse.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a Group Interview occurring on 04/23/2015 at 9:30 AM. One resident “was able to articulate concerns appropriately through the Group Interview” and stated to the surveyor “that the facility CNAs have been rude and threatening.”
As a part of the investigation, the resident revealed that two Certified Nursing Assistants were ‘rough’ with [the resident] and yelled at [the resident].” The resident also stated that the prior Social Service Director met with the resident “and talk to [the resident] regarding this allegation in November 2012.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s medical records that revealed that the Social Services Director had stated, ‘I spoke to [the resident] today in regards of a complaint” of a Certified Nursing Assistant being rude and “told the Director of Nurses about the situation.”
The facility Administrator stated on 04/24/2013 that the resident’s “allegation constitute an abuse allegation should have been reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health and an investigation should have been started immediately.”
Stronghurst Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at Henderson County Retirement Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our knowledgeable Stronghurst attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Henderson County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements.