Illinois nursing home residents are highly susceptible to developing facility-acquired bedsores. To avoid the development of a pressure ulcer (pressure wound; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer; bedsore) the nursing staff must follow strict procedures and protocols including skin assessments, skin monitoring, and skin care to avoid shearing, skin breakdown or open wounds. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide a level of training and monitoring of the nursing staff when providing cares, which is often detrimental to the resident’s health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have suffered preventable facility-acquired bedsores while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Heritage Health – Carlinville.
Heritage Health – Carlinville
This facility is a 95-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center providing nursing services to residents of Carlinville and Macoupin County, Illinois. The Home is located at:
1200 University Avenue
Carlinville, Il 62626
In addition to providing 24/7 long-term and short-term skilled nursing care, the facility also offers its Restore-to-Home program and respiratory therapy along with speech, physical and occupational therapies, respite care and hospice care.
Carlinville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the provided care at nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and Illinois routinely update their completed list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, Heritage Health – Carlinville maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative analysis system. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Eliminate the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/25/2016, a state surveyor made a notation of a deficient practice concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that pressure ulcer prevention interventions were implemented for [a resident] review for pressure ulcers.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a resident with a 03/20/2016 Skin Risk Assessment showing that the resident was scored at 13.0 (moderate risk) for skin breakdown.” The resident’s 04/29/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident currently had a “Stage IV pressure ulcer on the sacral area” and documented “float heels while in bed every shift.” The identical notation of floating heels was also documented in the resident’s 04/29/2016 Skin Risk Plan of Care.
The investigator noted that the facility’s 03/31/2016 policy titled: Wound and Ulcer Policy documents that “residents with existing pressure ulcers will be at high risk for developing further pressure ulcers.”
An observation was made of the resident between 10:45 AM and 12:38 PM on 05/23/2016 while “lying in bed with both heels laying directly on the bed, not floated as ordered.” The following day at 11:19 AM, an observation was made of the resident whose “heels were not floated and laying directly on the bed during incontinence care. At that time, [a Restorative Aide] verified the resident’s heels had not been floated and stated ‘I was not aware [the resident’s] heels were supposed to be floated’.”
The state investigator noted the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 03/31/2016 policy title: Equipment, Prevention and Treatment Resources that reads in part:
“The following prevention measures may be initiated to address pressure, moisture, friction and/or sheering. The facility may also implement additional measures… Pressure: Support heels on a pillow or in splints.”
In a separate statement of deficiencies dated 04/08/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “timely identify, treat and provide timely turning and repositioning to prevent the development of pressure ulcers for two residents.”
An observation was made of Certified Nursing Assistants providing care to a resident in the afternoon of April for 2016 while transferring the resident “to bed with the use of a mechanical lift. When [the resident] was positioned on her right side, there was no dressing in place of the pressure sore on [the resident’s] coccyx.” The resident also “had an abrasion to her right gluteal fold.”
The state investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse/Wound Care Nurse providing care to the resident who stated on 04/06/2016 that the resident “is to have a dressing on at all times [...and] she was not aware of the wound to the right gluteal fold.”
Carlinville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or harm while a patient at Heritage Health – Carlinville, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our experienced Carlinville attorneys provide victims of nursing home abuse, neglect or mistreatment the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm. Our law firm can provide your family numerous legal options on how to proceed to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Macoupin County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, initial case evaluation. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.