The level of care a nursing home resident receives can determine the quality of their life and the status of their ongoing health condition. Unfortunately, the Champaign elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld injury lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have been victimized by substandard care.
By law, nursing facilities must provide a level of care that a physician in a similar or same area of medicine would provide under identical situations. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities throughout Illinois are understaffed, overcrowded or run by incompetent managers and supervisors who fail to adequately train the nursing staff.Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 60-certified bed post-hospital care unit providing skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to residents of Champaign and Champaign County. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
1315B Curt Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Additionally, Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides various post-hospital rehabilitation services using their Pathways Rehabilitation Program. In addition to the rehabilitation services, the facility also provides Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and around the clock skilled nursing.Champaign Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their website nursing home databases and post the information on various online sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this updated information as an important tool when deciding where to place a loved one who requires quality hygiene assistance and medical care.
Currently, Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available stars in the nationwide star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health issues and two out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures. Our Champaign nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "remove contaminated gloves prior to handling clean items to prevent cross contamination during perineal care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center directly affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first recognized at 10:22 AM on 04/20/2015 when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at the facility provided a resident incontinence care while wiping stool from the resident’s “rectal area with her right hand [… and without] removing the contaminated gloves, reached into her [the CNA’s] pocket for the tube of barrier cream [then touching] the tube of barrier cream with her right hand – the same and use to wipe stool from [the resident’s] rectal area – and then return the contaminated tube of barrier cream to her pocket before removing the contaminated gloves.”
The state investigator noted that when the Certified Nursing Assistant “finish care she walked out of [the resident’s] room with the contaminated tube of barrier cream in her pocket.” The State Investigator Interviewed the Certified Nursing Assistant at 10:40 AM the same day, the CNA “confirmed taking the tube of barrier cream from her pocket with contaminated gloves and putting the tube back into her pocket [...and] stated that she should have changed the contaminated gloves before touching the tube of barrier cream.”
- Failure to Provide Services and Care That Prevent Urinary Tract Infections and Allow the Resident to Restore Their Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/15/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "to properly cleanse and apply barrier cream following incontinence for two of three residents… reviewed for incontinence care.” One incident involved a resident who “is incontinent of bowel and bladder, severely cognitively impaired and requires total extensive assistance from staff for hygiene and mobility.”
The failure was first noted at 1:30 PM on 07/14/2015 when a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) transferred a resident to the resident’s bed and repositioned the resident on their left side. At that time, the resident’s “outer pants were wet with urine.” The CNA stated that the resident “is a heavy wet or [...and then removed the resident’s] outer pants and urine soaked incontinence brief and cleansed [the resident’s] back perineal area with a wet washcloth by wiping over [the resident’s] rectal area one time.” The investigator noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not apply the cleansing agent to the washcloth prior to cleansing [the resident’s] rectal area and did not cleanse [the resident’s] buttocks area [… before repositioning the resident on their back and folding] the same washcloth over and use the cloth to cleanse [the resident’s] front perineal area by wiping one time over [the resident’s] labia.”
If your loved one has been harmed while residing at Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal steps to stop the abuse now. Our team of dedicated Champaign elder abuse attorneys can provide the highest quality of legal representation to ensure you and your family receives the financial compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Champaign County nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757. We accept all nursing home neglect cases for compensation on contingency, meaning no upfront payment is necessary.