The spread of infection in a nursing facility has the potential to deteriorate a patient’s overall health and expose others to serious contaminants, viruses, and bacteria. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols while providing cares to every resident. Unfortunately, not all Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Aides receive proper training and monitoring in providing standards of care, which is often to the detriment of the patients’ health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Heritage Health – Gillespie who have been and neglected and mistreated by caregivers.
Heritage Health – Gillespie
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 100-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved Center providing nursing services to residents of Gillespie and Macoupin County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
7588 Staunton Road
Gillespie, IL 62033
The Home provides short- and long-term skilled nursing care along with rehabilitation to home therapy, hospice care, respite care, restorative nursing and respiratory therapy, Social Services and physical, speech and occupational therapies.
Gillespie Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heritage Health – Gillespie maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare comparison analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyor in regards to the facility’s failure to “do correct handwashing, change gloves from dirty to clean linens while providing incontinence care and to prevent cross-contamination from dirty linens.”
The failure of the nursing staff involved a resident whose 01/21/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “is always incontinent of urine and needs staff assistance for incontinent care [...and] also needs the total assist of transfers when turning side to side.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a Certified Nursing Assistant performing incontinent care on [the resident] on the morning of 04/20/2016. The Certified Nursing Assistant “put a clean incontinent pad on the end of [the resident’s] bed and used it to put the dirty linen he used to clean [the resident]. When [the CNA] turned [the resident] from side to side while providing incontinence care, [the resident’s] feet were laying on the incontinent pad with the dirty linen on it.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 2:00 PM on 04/20/2016 stated that “the CNA should be using bag sets on top of the garbage cans and put dirty linens in [there] for incontinent care.” The investigator noted that the actions of the facility’s nursing staff failed to follow the nursing home’s 03/01/2010 Policy and Procedure for Hand Hygiene that reads in part:
“To prevent the spread of infection, to decrease the risk of transmission of infection from person-to-person or from object or person, indications for handwashing: before eating and after using a restroom. Antimicrobial or non-antimicrobial soap and water may be used.”
- Failure to Provide Adequate Cares and Treatment to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/29/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide timely turning and repositioning to prevent the development of pressure sores for one resident.” The deficient practice involved one resident who requires “extensive assistance for transfers, toilet use, and hygiene.”
The state investigator observed a resident at 11:35 AM on 05/26/2015 “sitting in her wheelchair in the dining room.” The resident “was observed every 5 to 10 minutes and remained in the Dining Room during the noon meal. At 1:05 PM, [the resident] propelled herself out of the dining room to her room [...and] was observed to remain in her room without being repositioned or toileted.”
At 3:20 PM, the facility Director of Nursing was informed by the surveyor that the resident had remained in her wheelchair since 11:35 AM. When checked, the resident’s “incontinent brief was soiled with urine.”
Gillespie Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is being neglected while residing at Heritage Health – Gillespie, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law offices now. Our seasoned Gillespie attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents and have years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
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