Heritage Health Therapy & Senior Care
Illinois nursing facility staff members are required to follow protocols any time there is a decline in the patient’s health or the resident suffered an injury. These procedures and protocols include notifying the patient’s physician of the change to ensure the resident receives the highest level of medical care immediately. Any failure to follow these protocols could be detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal representation to residents who received substandard care while residing at Illinois nursing homes like Heritage Health – Staunton.
Heritage Health – Staunton
This Center is a 99-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Nursing Facility providing nursing services to residents of Staunton and Macoupin County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Home is located at:
215 W. Pennsylvania Ave.
Staunton, IL 62088
The facility provides short- and long-term skilled nursing care, respite care, hospice care and RESTORE therapy along with speech, physical and occupational therapies.
Staunton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the provided care that nursing homes offer in their community, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, Heritage Health – Staunton maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare summary system compared to all other homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Development of a Pressure Ulcer
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/29/2016, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “notify the physician of the development of a pressure ulcer.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings during a routine skin check where a resident “had a Hydrocolloid dressing to her coccyx initiated and dated 02/19/2016.” The Registered Nurse at Licensed Practical Nurse providing care noted two pressure ulcers and an abrasion that was opened and bleeding.
The state investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse thirty minutes later who stated “I don’t know why she [the resident] has the dressing on at all. I usually do the treatments and I [marked her heels healed] as of 02/07/2016. I don’t know when it opened up again. We don’t have a current order for anything to be on there that I know of.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyor interviewed the facility Director of Nurses at 2:00 PM on 02/25/2016 who stated “I talked to the midnight nurse. She is the one who put it [the dressing] on her. She said there was a dressing on her and she just replaced it. I said how can you do that without an order, since when is that the way we do things around here.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Ulcer Care Plan – Treatment Plan and the facility’s 10/20/2014 policy titled: Wound and Ulcer Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“When a resident is found to have a wound or ulcer either on admission or during their stay, the following will be completed by a licensed nurse… Document assessment of the wound/alter the medical record. Initiate treatment. Document the treatment on the TAR (Treatment Administration Record). Notify physician and power of attorney.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to a Resident with the Facility-Acquired Bedsore and Notify the Physician of a Change in Their Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/29/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “monitor, initiate treatment, report changes in the condition of the pressure ulcer to the physician.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 02/10/2016 Skin Risk Assessment stating that a resident’s coccyx developed a [bedsore] on 01/08/2016 measuring 2.0 centimeters and was then documented “as healed” on 02/14/2016 and 02/20/2016.
However, at 2:00 PM on 02/23/2016, during a routine skin check, the resident had a hydrocolloid dressing covering “two small pressure ulcers.” The state investigator said that there “was noted documentation of the pressure ulcer reopening on 02/19/2016 in the physician being contacted with the information for new orders.”
Staunton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been injured or died prematurely while residing at Heritage Health – Staunton, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm now. Our seasoned Staunton attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated or abused. Our legal team has years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
We encourage you to contact our Macoupin County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive, free case review. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect/abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.