The number of nursing home residents in Illinois visiting emergency rooms after an injury could be greatly reduced if the nursing staff follow procedures and protocols when providing care. Unfortunately, many residents suffer preventable injuries caused by the negligent actions of their caregivers. Sadly, the Hoopeston elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents whose health was compromised or they suffered a premature death caused by negligence or mistreatment while residing in the nursing home.
Heritage Health Hoopeston
Heritage Health Hoopeston is a 75-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nonprofit nursing facility providing services to residents of Hoopeston and Grant Township, Vermillion County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
423 North Dixie Hwy.
Hoopeston, IL 60942
In addition to providing long- and short-term skilled nursing care, the facility also provides hospice care, respite care, Social Services and RESTORE therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy and respiratory therapy.
Hoopeston Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that Illinois residents are fully informed of nursing facilities throughout the state, both Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system to reflect the complete history of opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints. The information can be found on numerous sites online including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heritage Health Hoopeston maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our Hoopeston nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/16/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure [two residents at the facility] were transferred using two staff members.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff was first documented in the resident’s 02/06/2015 Care Plan that documents that the resident “is at risk for falls related to gait and balance problems with an intervention for the use of a mechanical lift and two-person assist with transfers.” The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 07/13/2015 Fall Scale Risk Assessment That the documents of the resident “is at High Risk for Falling.”
The investigator also reviewed the resident’s 07/31/2015 Falls Detail Report the documents of the resident “was being assisted by [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] with toileting and changing. This report documents [the resident] slipped out of the sit-to-stand lift sling and ended up on the floor with no injuries. The same report documents one staff member was with [the resident] when the fall occurred. The intervention developed after this fall is to use a full (body) mechanical lift for all transfers [concerning this resident].”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 2:17 PM on 06/15/2016 who stated that “she expects the Certified Nursing Assistants to use two-person assist if the Care Plan documents that is what is needed.” At that same time, the MDS/Care Plan Nurse also stated that “she would expect the staff to use two-person assistance for transfers if the Care Plan indicates two persons are needed.”
- Failure to Identify, Investigate and Report Any Incident of Abuse or Injury of Unknown Origin as Required by Law
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/26/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure staff identify, report and investigate a bruise of unknown origin.” The deficient practice involved one resident at the facility whose 08/21/2015 Hospital Records document that the resident “arrived at the Emergency Room with a ‘black eye and injuries to the left lower leg’.”
The state investigator noted that the inaction by the Administrator and nursing staff at Heritage Health Hoopeston failed to follow procedures and protocols in notifying the State Agency (the Illinois Department of Health) in regards to an injury of unknown origin. In addition, their actions also involved the failure to follow the facility’s 04/23/2014 Abuse Policy that reads in part:
“Employees or agents shall identify and report all instances or allegations involving… Resident bruising and injuries of unknown origin… Immediately to the Administrator… After an initial report, the Administrator or designee shall investigate all alleged incidences [...and] shall notify the Illinois Department of Public Health of any injury of unknown source…”
Hoopeston Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered a preventable injury caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff at any nursing facility in Illinois, including Heritage Health Hoopeston, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take appropriate measures to ensure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
Contact our Grant Township, Vermillion County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with attorneys and a no-obligation, free case evaluation. We receive payment for our legal services only after we negotiate an acceptable financial out-of-court settlement on your behalf or win your case in front of a judge and jury.