By law, every nursing facility in the United States is required to take appropriate measures to protect residents from any harm, including suffering injury from a fall. Residents in nursing facilities are highly susceptible to slipping and falling due to gait problems, walking issues or muscle weakness. Sadly, the Mount Zion elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered an injury in a fall caused by a lack of supervision and negligence when moving, walking or transferring from the bed to a wheelchair.
To ensure the safety of everyone at the nursing facility, staff members are required to routinely assess and evaluate the resident’s ability to ambulate and transfer with or without assistance. When the nursing staff fails to take appropriate measures and develop, implement and enforce an effective Plan of Care, this could place the health and well-being of the resident in immediate jeopardy.
Heritage Health – Mount Zion
Heritage Health – Mount Zion is a 75-certified bed facility participating in Medicare and Medicaid. This for-profit skilled nursing Center provides services to residents of Mount Zion and Macon County, Illinois. The center is located at:
1225 Woodland Drive
Mount Zion, Illinois 62549
Services offered at Heritage Health-Mount Zion are skilled nursing for long and short term stays, hospice care, and respite care. They also offer restorative therapy which includes:
- Respiratory therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
Mount Zion Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On a continuing basis, nursing home regulators at the state and federal level routinely update the information on opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations at facilities throughout the United States. They publish the information on numerous sites online including on Medicare.gov as a part of their comparative analysis tool star rating summary system.
Currently, Heritage Health – Mount Zion maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health concerns. Our Mount Zion nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Ensure an Avoidable Accident Is Prevented
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide close supervision for [a resident at the facility] given a known history and tendency to unsafely self-transfer and ambulate.” The failure by the nursing staff at Heritage Health – Mount Zion resulted in the resident “sustained a hematoma to the head and a brain hemorrhage.”
The failure was first noted that 04/27/2015 Facility Nursing Notes the documented that the resident “is not able to be left unattended [...and] keeps trying to ambulate and transfer self.” On 05/05/2015 the Nurse’s Notes revealed that a notification has been made to the resident’s son that the resident’s “behaviors that increase in the facility’s not able to provide one-on-one care, alternative placement may be needed.” The Nurse’s Notes of 05/18/2015 documents that the resident’s behaviors continue and that the resident “is in need of one-on-one care and alternative placement may be necessary.” By 05/23/2015, the resident’s Nurse’s Notes document that the resident “continues to get out from the wheelchair and ambulate without assistance.”
The state investigator noted that the 04/27/2015 Facility Occurrence Reports revealed that the resident “was noted on the floor in the room [...and] lost balance and fell.” By 05/15/2015, the resident “was sitting in a wheelchair and had an unwitnessed fall, sustaining a laceration to the left arm.” The alarm sounded alerting the nursing staff. However, the resident was “unable to communicate what happened [...and] was sent to the emergency room for treatment and evaluation of left forearm laceration and was returned to the facility on the same day.”
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor or Responsible Family Member of a Change in the Resident Situation Including an Injury or Decline in Health
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify one resident’s Power of Attorney, when an anti-psychotic medication was increased.” The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Heritage Health – Mount Zion failed to follow their own 04/10/2012 policy titled Psychoactive Medication Monitoring and Reduction Guidelines under this subsection Unnecessary Drugs reads in part: “Informed consent documentation must be present for these medications.”
Mount Zion Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered injuries from any accident including a fall while residing at an Illinois nursing home, including Heritage Health Mount Zion, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in obtaining the civil damages you deserve. Our Macon County elder abuse attorneys can take appropriate measures to hold every individual responsible for your loved one’s injuries both legally and financially accountable.
We urge you to make contact with our Sullivan nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept nursing home abuse cases and personal injury claims on contingency, meaning no upfront payment is necessary.