Formally Alton Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Many families will place their loved one in a nursing facility with the hope that they receive a high level of care to manage their health and hygiene. Unfortunately, many Illinois facilities are overcrowded, understaffed or fail to provide adequate training to their Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants. Because of those failures, the health of patients is often compromised. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abused, injured or mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Integrity Healthcare of Alton.Integrity Healthcare of Alton
Integrity Healthcare of Alton is a ‘for profit’ 181-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Alton and Madison County, Illinois. The St. Louis, Missouri area facility is located at:
3523 WickenhauserAlton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Alton, IL 62002
A complete list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data for a comprehensive understanding of the level of care every nursing facility provides in their community.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Alton maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes one out of five stars for health inspections, staffing concerns and quality measures. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- 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 03/13/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "timely notify the physician of a significant change in condition.” This deficient practice of the nursing staff at Integrity Healthcare Alton affected one resident who ultimately died.
The state investigator noted the findings of the failure after reviewing a resident’s April 2014 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting the 91-year-old female resident was diagnosed with “Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) and congestive heart failure.” Although the resident required the limited assistance of one nursing staff or toileting, there was no cognitive impairment.
The facility’s 12:30 PM Nurse’s Notes dated 04/13/2014 documented that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) reported that the resident “was on the commode and non-responsive. Upon assessment noted, [that the resident’s] skin was warm/dried to touch. Respirations even [...and] non-labored.” At that time, the resident “was transferred from the commode to the wheelchair and returned to bed [...and] resisted eyes being opened and pulled the cover up to her chin.” Notations were made that the resident’s physician was made aware of the resident’s condition “with no new orders. Will continue to monitor.” Additionally, the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) and granddaughter were notified of the change in condition.
Throughout the day, the nurses routinely took the resident’s pulse, oxygen saturation levels, and other vital signs and document them in the resident’s records. By 5:00 PM that same day, the Nurse’s Notes revealed a change in the resident’s pulse oxygen, blood pressure, and respiration.” At that time, the resident’s physician was “called and gave orders to send the [resident to the] emergency room (ER).” The Nurse’s Notes revealed that the resident was transferred to the hospital and was diagnosed with CBA (cerebrovascular accident).
The surveyor noted that “during an interview with the [resident’s Physician/Facility Medical Director] on 03/12/2015 at 2:45 PM, [the Medical Director] stated he would have expected the nurse to call him when [the resident’s] oxygen saturation was 77% [...and] stated that the nurse should have called him [...and] he would have wanted to know and would’ve ordered [the resident] to be sent to the ER then.… The Nurse’s Notes of 04/19/2014 documents [that the resident] expired 3:12 AM.”
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/13/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to “ensure residents environment remains Free of accident hazards by allowing residents with oxygen in the beauty shop near flammable air chemicals and hairdryers. This has the potential to affect all of the 109 residents living in the facility.”
The state investigator noted that “this failure resulted in an Immediate Jeopardy.” Additionally, the investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and employees at Integrity Healthcare of Alton failed to follow their March 2014 Policy and Procedure for Oxygen Administration that reads in part:
“Remove all potentially flammable items (e.g. lotions, oils, alcohol, smoking articles, etc.) from the immediate area where the oxygen is to be administered.”
If you suspect your loved one has been harmed, neglected or abused while residing at the Alton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, call our legal hotline today at (888) 424-5757 for a no-obligation case consultation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home neglect and abuse case through a contingency fee agreement. This means we are not paid for our legal services until after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have won your case at trial.