Staff members at nursing facilities all throughout Illinois are required to receive adequate training to provide CPR and other life-saving measures including the Heimlich maneuver in times of emergency, especially when a resident is choking. Unfortunately, the lives of many patients remain at risk in nursing homes due to a failure by the Administration and nursing staff management and ensuring that the staff remains in compliance with the facility’s emergency policies and procedures. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent families of nursing home residents who have died prematurely due to the negligent actions of their caregivers while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Nursing Home is a 121-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Facility providing nursing cares and services to residents of Hillsboro and Montgomery County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center is located at:
1300 East Tremont Street
Hillsboro, Il 62049
As a part of the Tutera Senior Living and Healthcare Community, Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center provide Senior living options, surgery recovery and rehabilitation, memory care, home health and hospice care along with skilled nursing care.
Hillsboro Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Montgomery County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/07/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician of a need for additional treatment for [a resident] reviewed for physical notification.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving the resident admitted to the facility in February 2016 with a diagnosis of Dementia with behavioral disturbance a lack of coordination.”
The state investigator noted after reviewing the resident’s February 2016 Documentation Survey Report that the resident had “no bowel movements for seven days from 02/17/2016 through 02/23/2016.” In addition, the March 2016 Report documents “no bowel movements for seven days [from] 03/17/2016 through 03/23/2016 and again for five days [from] 03/26/2016 through 03/30/2016.”
It was also noted that in April 2016, the resident had “no bowel movements for four days [from] 04/08/2016 through 04/11/2016.” Again, the May 2016 report documents “no bowel movement for six days [from] 05/11/2016 through 05/16/2016. The state investigator noted that the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) from February through May 2016 “did not document any routine medication for bowel issues.”
The state investigator noted that the resident’s “medical record had no documentation that this facility contacted [the resident’s] physician of [the resident’s] inability to have a bowel movement during these times.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent Choking and Provide CPR That Resulted in the Resident Expiring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/19/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “properly perform the Heimlich maneuver in compliance with facility policies and current standards of practice; and neglected to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) for one resident, who was choking on food and became unresponsive. This neglect resulted in [the resident] expiring in the facility due to an airway obstruction.” The deficient practice was noted to have the “potential to affect all 20 residents who were identified as having swallowing problems with the potential for choking [currently residing] in the facility.”
The state investigator noted that “this failure resulted in an Immediate Jeopardy which identified to have begun on 07/20/2015. While the Immediate Jeopardy was removed on 08/14/2015, the facility remains out of compliance with Severity Level II as the facility continues to educate staff and update the staff on emergency policies and procedures for choking.” The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Emergency Procedure for Choking Policy that reads in part:
“The purpose of this procedure is to prevent choking by expelling the foreign body airway obstruction.”
“If unable to clear the foreign body from obstructing the airway, arrange emergency transport of the resident to the nearest acute care medical facility.”
“Proceed with CPR immediately if the resident has no pulse or respirations.”
Hillsboro Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing at Hillsboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our Hillsboro law firm can provide numerous options and legal representation on your behalf to hold those responsible for causing loved one harm both and legally and financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Montgomery County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.