Too many dangerous drugs are used an alarming rate in nursing facilities, often times without the consent of the resident, physician or responsible family members. In many cases, the nursing staff will over medicate the resident with antipsychotic drugs or other anti-anxiety medications in an effort to better manage or control the resident at their own convenience. Unfortunately, the Paxton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have been prescribed antipsychotic and antianxiety medications in an effort to control their behaviors.
Overdosing, or administering the wrong medication in nursing facilities has become a serious problem nationwide. Often times, family members are unaware that their loved one is over medicated because they are not aware of the common warning signs that include:
- Unusual exhaustion or fatigue
- Taking frequent naps or oversleeping
- Unusual withdrawal from friends and family or avoidance of social interaction
- Unexplained complications in their physical, medical or mental conditions
- Forgetfulness or being easily confused
- Behaving “zombie-like” without explanation
Illinois Knights Templar Home is a non-profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Paxton and Ford County. The 75-certified bed Center is located at:
450 Fulton Street
Paxton, Illinois 60957
The Illinois Knights Templar home nursing services include long and short term skilled nursing, adult day care, and respite care. Restorative therapy includes:
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Speech and language pathology
- Cardiac rehab
- Outpatient therapy
Every year, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their national and state databases involving nursing facilities in the US and in Illinois. The updated information is posted on a variety of websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, the Illinois Knights Templar Home in Paxton maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for health concerns, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
However, our Paxton nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Take Proper Measures to Determine If It Is Safe for Resident to Self-Administer Their Medication
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "assess the safety of self-administration of medication for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for self-administration of medications.”
The failure was first noted from the resident’s physician order that said that the resident may keep their drugs at the bedside. The state investigator noted that 11:48 AM on 01/13/2016, the resident “had a Pro Air, Hydrofluoro propelled, 90 micrograms, inhalation aerosol inhaler… Sitting on the card table in the [resident’s] room.” A few minutes later, the resident told the investigator, “I don’t have the nurses watch me or even tell them when I use it [inhaler]. I am independent when I use this inhaler.”
At 12 o’clock that same day, the investigator interviewed the Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care who stated that the resident “did not have an initial assessment to safely self-administer her inhaler. As far as I know, [the resident] has self-administered her inhaler since she came here. We do not know if or when she uses it. We do not record [the resident’s use of their medication] in the MAR (Medication Administration Record).”
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident’s Medication Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Drugs and a Failure to Ensure That the Resident’s Medication Is Managed and Monitored to Achieve Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "monitor the effectiveness of emergency anti-anxiety medication use.” In addition, the investigator noted the facility’s failure “to attempt non-pharmacological interventions [...and a failure to] document the reason for administration prior to the use of emergency anti-anxiety medications on 72 occasions for three [residents at the facility].”
One incident was first realized at 10:15 AM on 01/14/2016 when the facility’s Director of Nursing stated that “anytime a nurse administers a PRN (as needed) medication, the reason for the medication, dose, the route must be documented on the back of the MAR (Medication Administration Record). The effectiveness must be documented on the back of the MAR (Medication Administration Record).”
If your loved one has suffered any type of injury or harm through medication abuse, overdosing, overmedication or lack of proper drugs while residing at Illinois Knights Templar Home or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you seek the justice you deserve. Our team of dedicated Paxton elder abuse lawyers has assisted numerous victims of abuse, mistreatment or neglect to ensure that they receive the highest level of financial compensation and hold all those responsible for their harm legally accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Ford County nursing home neglect law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means no upfront fees are necessary to receive immediate legal representation.