Many Illinois nursing facilities fail to provide the highest level of care and services to its residents. Below are the 20 most common problems that occur in nursing facilities throughout the state. The abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to individuals who have been neglected, mistreated and abused at Illinois skilled bed facilities like Hopedale Nursing Home.
Hopedale Nursing Home
This Facility provides services and cares to the residents of Hopedale and Tazewell County, Illinois. The 54-certified-bed Skilled Nursing Center is located at:
Hopedale, IL 61747
Hopedale Skill Bed Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database system. This data reflects a complete list of health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards that can be found on numerous sites including Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Tazewell County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed safety concerns and deficiencies at all Illinois long-term care nursing facilities.
Common Problems in Nursing Homes
Many of the practices of caregivers, administrators, and nurses in nursing homes are illegal and border on malpractice, neglect, mistreatment and abuse. To receive the highest level of care, the patient’s family members must be the eyes and ears in detecting or identifying signs and symptoms of mistreatment. Some of these common problems involve:
- A failure to seriously follow the resident’s Plan of Care
- A failure to use mechanical transfer device is appropriate, which could lead to a fall with injuries or premature death
- A failure to answer the call bell in a timely manner to ensure that the needs, desires or emergencies involving the resident are met
- Disregarding the preferences, desires, and wishes of the resident
- A failure to provide the resident all their necessary cares and services
- The unauthorized use of a physical restraint without the resident/responsible party’s informed consent
- The unauthorized use of behavior modifying (psychotropic/antipsychotic) drugs
- The use of feeding tubes when they are no longer necessary
- A failure to answer the resident’s call light in a timely manner, due to short staffing, a lack of training, or is outright mistreatment.
- Imposing inappropriate visiting hours on friends and family
- Forcing the resident to abandon their legal rights
- A failure to provide therapy that could maintain or improve the resident’s condition
Physical restraints are often used to prevent the resident from eloping (wandering away) from the facility or stop them from falling from their bed, wheelchair or chair. However, it is unlawful to use a restraint as a convenience for the nursing home or their staff or to use the physical/chemical restraint as a form of discipline.
Falling is one of the leading types of accident hazards that occur in nursing homes in the United States. Many individuals require a patient lift or transfer device that is designed specifically to safely move the resident back and forth between their bed and wheelchair/chair/toilet. However, many facilities choose to not use these devices due to the discomfort or fear of the resident, failed to adequately train their staff on how to use the device appropriately and safely, or a failure to follow an effective Plan of Care to use these devices when necessary, as determined by their doctor or nursing staff.
Many nursing homes will discontinue the resident’s therapy because there is a lack of progression from the treatment. However, physical, occupational, speech and language therapies might still be appropriate if the patient’ is condition is declining.
Developing, implementing and enforcing an ineffective Plan of Care are the major deficient practices by the nursing staff and administration at any nursing facility. Alternatively, successful care plans involve communication with the resident’s loved ones and doctors, ongoing assessments of the patient's condition, and supervision to ensure that every staff member does their part to ensure that the resident’s needs, requirements, and wishes are met.
The Level of Care the Resident Receives
Every resident and the responsible family member/legal guardian have the right to be a major force in the decisions over the level of care the resident will receive from the facility. Unfortunately, many nursing homes block the interaction between the resident and their Plan of Care, choosing instead to decide on their own without patient intervention.
In some facilities, the staff is unable or unwilling to accommodate the resident schedules. However, the nursing home is required by law to make all reasonable and necessary adjustments to ensure that the resident’s preferences and needs are honored.
Hopedale Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or mistreated while a resident at Hopedale Nursing Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our skilled Hopedale attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We urge you to contact our Tazewell County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers for legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront fees are necessary because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.