Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care
Any cross-contamination occurring in an Illinois nursing facility has the potential of exposing patients to potential infections, viruses, and bacteria. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols including proper hand hygiene when providing cares and services. Unfortunately, not all facilities properly train their nursing staff to follow protective guidelines, which is often detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of neglectful care while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Heritage Health – Robinson.
Heritage Health – Robinson
This facility is a 73-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-approved Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Robinson and Crawford County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
600 East Robinwood Drive
Robinson, IL 62454
In addition to providing around-the-clock long-term and short-term skilled nursing care, Heritage Health – Robinson also offers speech, physical and occupational therapies, RESTORE-to-Home and hospice care.
Robinson Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois regularly update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heritage Health – Robinson maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare summary comparison system. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures, staffing concerns and health inspections. The Crawford County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Cares to Prevent Cross-Contamination While Administering Drugs and Providing Wound Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, a state investigator noted while performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “prevent cross-contamination while performing medication administration and wound care. This has the potential to affect all 65 residents in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation was made at noon on 09/15/2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “was observed administering insulin to [the resident] without wearing gloves.” The same LPN was later observed at 12:25 PM that same day administering medications to another resident. “After this administration, [the LPN] stated she washes her hands after every two or three residents.”
The LPN “then prepared medications for [a third resident] and entered his room [where the LPN] picked up a glass sitting on the over-the-bedside table and handed it to [the resident] and then placed it back on the table.” The investigator observed the LPN administering medications, interacting with housekeeping and moving items in the room “without using a barrier.” The LPN also administered ‘Artificial Tears’ to the resident “without wearing gloves” and then “picked up a medication cup containing [the resident’s] medication and handed it to [the resident].”
The state investigator interviewed the facility Administrator on 09/17/2015 who stated that the LPN “should have worn gloves when administering insulin and eye drops and washed her hands” according to the Facility 01/11/2010 policy titled: Medication Administration that reads in part:
“Wash hands according to the policy. Prior to med pass, after administering I preparations and after removing gloves and when hands become soiled.”
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Physician and Power of Attorney of Any Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/05/2015, a state survey team opened the complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "immediately notify the physician and power of attorney of a significant bruise of unknown origin.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s 04/15/2015 Occurrence Report documenting that the Certified Nursing Assistant “noted a large red swollen area which was ‘purple and puffy’ to [the resident’s] right inner arm and reported this to [the Registered Nurse on duty on that morning] at 5:30 AM.”
However, “the same report documents that the Director of Nurses was not notified until 9:00 AM” and the Administrator “was not notified until 04/08/2015 at 9:00 AM” and the resident’s physician was not notified until 2:15 PM that day and the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) “was not notified until [the following evening] on 04/09/2015 at 7:02 PM” which was in violation of state and federal nursing home laws.
Robinson Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered injury or died prematurely while a patient at Heritage Health – Robinson, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our seasoned Robinson knowledgeable attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Crawford County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means payment for our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case in a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.