Any patient falling in a nursing facility has the potential of diminishing the quality of their life, causing serious injury or producing a condition that causes them to die prematurely. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures and protocols in accordance with their developed Care Plan. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes monitor the activities of the nursing staff to ensure they follow the resident’s Care Plan at all times. This deficient practice is often detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many families whose loved one’s died prematurely at Illinois nursing facilities like Heritage Health – Minonk due to negligent care.
Heritage Health – Minonk
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 49-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepted nursing facility providing services and cares to residents of Minonk and Minonk Township, Woodford County, Illinois. The Home is located at:
201 Locust Street
Minonk, IL 61760
The facility provides numerous services including long and short-term skilled nursing care, respite care, and hospice care, in addition to occupational, physical and speech therapies, outpatient therapy, restore therapy and RESTORE-to-Home options.
Minonk Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a historical list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility in the US. The data can be used to determine the level of hygiene and health care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Heritage Health – Minonk maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, staffing concerns and quality measures. The Minonk Township, Woodford County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/12/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor involving the facility's failure to "follow fall prevention measures resulting in a fall of [one resident].” The deficient practice involved a resident who scored a 95 on their 03/02/2015 Fall Risk Assessment indicating that the resident “is a high fall risk.”
The resident’s 05/10/2015 Fall Occurrence Report revealed details of an incident including “Location: [the resident’s] room… [the resident] observed on the floor in the room with a walker within reach [...and] trying to grab onto the walker.” The resident stated that they were “unable to recount any details due to dementia.” There were no witnesses to the fall.
Interventions were made including a recommendation for the staff to take the resident “to the bathroom after each meal.” However, it was noted that the resident “did not get taken to the bathroom after lunch as care planned on the date of the fall.
The resident’s 06/27/2015 Fall Occurrence Report noted that the resident was again observed on the floor at the foot of their bed denying pain while lying on the right side. There was a skin tear to the resident’s upper left arm. Although there were no witnesses to the fall, it was noted that the resident was wearing shoes and that the wheelchair was “between the bed and the bathroom door.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 11/10/2015 who verified that the resident had multiple falls and that “interventions in the Care Plan were not followed.” The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s revised March 2012 policy titled: Fall Assessment, Risk Identification and Management Policy that reads in part:
“It is the policy of this facility to assess each resident’s fall risk on admission. This will help facilitate an interdisciplinary approach for care planning to properly monitor, assess and ultimately reduce injury risk.…
The potential for injury will be care planned when appropriate, based on the results of the Fall Assessment.… All staff providing care to the resident will have access to the Care Plan and interventions.”
- Failure to Provide Incontinence Care and Provide Cares in a Way to Prevent Cross-Contamination
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/12/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “provide incontinence care, [and a failure to] prevent cross-contamination during incontinence care.”
An observation was made during the afternoon of 11/09/2015 when a Certified Nursing Assistant removed a resident’s “urine saturated brief and placed a clean brief on the resident. The CNA “did not perform incontinence care on the resident” after changing their brief. Additionally, the CNA pulled up the resident’s “covers and adjusted the curtains and furniture in the [the resident’s] room with the same soiled gloves on.
Minonk Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have been injured or harmed while a patient at Heritage Health – Minonk, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Our skilled Minonk attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
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