The health and well-being of a resident in a nursing facility in Illinois is often highly dependent on the nursing home’s ability to prevent the spread of infection. This is because infections tend to be extremely common in both short-term and long-term health care facilities. Sadly, the Springfield nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent many nursing home victims who suffer from respiratory infections, urinary infections, soft tissue and skin infections, all acquired while at their facility.
Our seasoned attorneys serve as a legal advocate to every Illinois nursing home resident in need of legal assistance. We publish the most current publicly available data that outlines current safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations of nursing homes statewide. This information can assist families of loved ones that require nursing skills and rehabilitation who must be placed in a nursing home.
Heritage Health-Springfield is a 177-bed medical facility located at:
900 N. Rutledge
Springfield, IL 62702
The facility provides a variety of restorative therapies including occupational, physical and speech therapy. In addition, provides both short-term and long-term skill nursing along with respite and hospice care.
Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Every year, the federal government releases star rating summaries of every nursing facility in the United States, with results posted on www.Medicare.gov. Currently, Heritage Health-Springfield maintains an overall five out of five star rating, which is considered much above average when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for both health inspections and staffing along with five out of five stars for quality measures.
However, the Springfield nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various complaints and opened investigations concerning Heritage Health-Springfield. Some of these concerns involved:
- Failure to Prevent a Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/23/2012, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for their failure to “ensure nursing staff remove their soil gloves and wash their hands during dressing change for [a resident].” This is in response to a 5/23/12 incident where a licensed practical nurse (LPN) “performed a dressing change for the [resident]. [The resident] was in isolation with the diagnosis of Clostridium difficile. [The resident] has a pressure ulcer located on the coccyx that requires daily dressing changes.”
During the incident, a member of the nursing staff “pushed the treatment cart into the inside of the doorway of [the resident’s room]. The resident was turned on their left side with assistance and was informed by another nursing staff member to “be careful because yesterday [the resident] had diarrhea and it went all over.” After the soil dressing was changed, the nursing staff member “did not re-glove or cleanse her hands, cleanse the pressure sore area, applied the new dressing, and then removed her soiled gloves.”
In a second summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/29/2009, a complaint investigation was opened concerning infection control where it was determined that “the facility failed to maintain an effective infection control program which controls and prevents the transmission of Clostridium difficile.” This is in response to an interview with the unit manager and registered nurse on 7/29/09 where she stated that a “family member did become ill with C. difficile recently.” The registered nurse also stated that the resident’s “wife had just come back to visit [the resident] on the 26th of this month after [herself] becoming ill the week prior.”
Springfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or loved one, have suffered injury, harm or damage while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois, including Heritage Health-Springfield, Rosenfeld injury lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our team of Springfield Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take immediate legal measures to stop the abuse now.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today. Schedule your free initial consultation by calling us at (888) 424-5757 or through our online chat rooms. All shared information remains confidential. We accept all abuse, neglect or mistreatment cases on contingency. This means no upfront fees are required to receive our legal services immediately.