The state of Illinois and the federal government require that every nursing facility notifies the physician and family members anytime there is a negative change in the resident’s condition. This protocol is established and enforced as a way to minimize the potential additional harm to the resident and ensure that the individual is receiving the highest level of care. Unfortunately, the Silvis elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered additional harm or died prematurely due to the negligent actions of caregivers who fail to notify the doctor.
Illini Restorative Care
Illini Restorative Care is a 92-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved nonprofit nursing facility providing services to residents of Silvis Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1455 Hospital Rd.
Silvis, IL 61282
As a part of the Genesis Health System, Illini Restorative Care provides a variety of services including long-term care, Medicare-certified skilled care, and rehabilitation for acute illnesses and post-surgery.
Silvis Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect the complete history of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations on every facility nationwide. The results of listed deficiencies can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Illini Restorative Care maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparative analysis star rating summary system, as compared to all other homes in the United States. This rating includes five out of five stars for staffing issues, four out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Silvis nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and complaints involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Doctor of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury That Led to Their Death
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/12/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a significant change of condition for [one resident at the facility].” The state investigator noted that “this failure resulted in [the resident] having continued bloodied bowel movements and expiring four days later from a gastrointestinal bleed due to Warfarin toxicity.
The state investigator noted documentation in the resident’s Progress notes at 3:10 AM on 03/22/2016 where the resident “had at least two large bloody stools on second shift.” The resident “then had three placed stools on the third shift.” The documentation reveals that the resident “was pale, cool of touch, altered level of consciousness, delayed responses [...and] began throwing up bright red blood [...and] was sent to the local hospital/emergency room.”
The resident’s 03/22/2016 Event Debriefing Tool documents a “delay of care.” It was noted that the resident “started having coffee grounds tools, pale, weakness during for shift on 03/21/2016.” By the second shift, the resident “had one large coffee ground stool.” The Licensed Practical Nurse providing the care to the resident stated that the resident “had another coffee ground stool at the end of the shift” and “relate all the information to the third shift nurse. The nurses did not contact the doctor about any issues.”
The resident’s 03/26/2016 Death Record indicates of the resident “expired [that morning] at 8:15 AM.” The notation indicated that the resident had suffered Warfarin toxicity through a lower G.I. bleed. The facility’s Medical Director stated at 3:35 PM on 04/13/2016 “that the facility did not contact him regarding [the resident’s] continued bloodied stools and that he should have expected the facility to do that.
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to notify the physician and family of skin integrity impairment (specifically skin tears)” involving one resident. The investigator noted the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Illini Restorative Care included a failure to follow the facility’s 10/09/2015 policy titled: Skin Impairment that reads in part:
“Notify physician of the skin impairment… Notify family of skin impairment.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s 9:11 PM 11/09/2015 Progress Notes that documents of the resident “had a new skin tear on [their] left heel at about 1700. After it was cleaned,” dressing was applied. However, it was noted that neither the family nor the resident’s physician were notified “of [the resident’s] skin tear and subsequent wound dressing that was needed. The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 11:10 AM on 01/13/2016 who stated that the resident’s “skin tear, documented on 11/09/2015, was not reported to [the resident’s] family or physician” as required by law.
Silvis Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If your loved one has been harmed through negligence, mistreatment or abuse while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Illini Restorative Care, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take appropriate measures to stop the harm now. Our Rock Island nursing home neglect attorneys can handle the entire process of seeking financial compensation on your behalf.
Contact our Rock Island County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation to discuss the merits of your claim. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront fees are required.