Resident to resident assault in nursing facilities throughout Illinois have become a serious problem due to overcrowded conditions, a lack of adequate staffing or failure to properly train nurses to continuously monitor patients. When altercations occur between patients, it is the duty of the Administration and nursing staff to follow procedures and protocols to investigate and report any incident or allegation of abuse. Any failure to do so could jeopardize the health and well-being of the victim even further. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent abused and injured residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale to ensure their rights are protected.
Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale
The Center is a ‘for-profit’ 131-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Carbondale and Jackson County, Illinois. The Nursing Home is located at:
120 N. Tower Rd.
Carbondale, IL 62901
Carbondale Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can obtain Medicare.gov historical list of all health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of every facility in the United States. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every nursing home in the community provides its residents.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis star rating summary system. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Jackson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/01/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "follow their Abuse Policy and notify the Administrator of a resident injury.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff an Administrator at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale affected one resident at the facility who was “totally dependent on staff for transfers, dressing, and hygiene [...and] always incontinent of bowel and bladder, and staff assessment for mental status codes [the resident] is severely impaired.”
During an interview on the morning of 03/17/2015, the facility’s Administrator stated “I was notified of a resident to resident altercation at 3:00 PM on 03/13/2016. I immediately notified the family and physician after the residents were separated.” The Director of Nursing began “an investigation and [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] is the staff member that called [the Director].” The injured resident “was sent to the hospital and [the other resident] was placed on one on ones and sent to the hospital that evening for a psychiatric consult.”
A local police officer filed the report on 03/13/2016 at 3:01 PM after interviewing a resident, the Director of Nurses, and two Certified Nursing Aides. The report had no “conclusions as to how the resident had been injured.” After a CT scan, at the local hospital, it was determined that the injured resident had suffered a “fracture of the left nasal ala with overlying soft tissue swelling. No other fractures.”
The investigator noted that according to the final report, the resident’s injury “reviewed on 03/31/2014 at 4:00 PM, abuse was unsubstantiated by the roommate and the injuries to [the resident] was felt to be in line with [the resident] falling, during an unknown staff member returning [the resident] to bed or getting [the resident] out of bed and not reporting the fall or injury.”
- Failure to Provide Care to Prevent Incontinence by Answering Call Lights in a Timely Manner Causing the Resident Embarrassment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/01/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “answer call lights in time to prevent incontinence, and use proper infection control practices.”
This failure involved a cognitively intact resident at the facility who was evaluated as “needing extensive assistance with one person physically assisting with toilet use.” An interview was conducted with the resident in the afternoon on 03/17/2016 who stated “They don’t clean me up very good after a bowel movement and I cannot do it myself: I need help with it. I can clean myself okay after I urinate. They shut off the call lights and I have waited an hour before. I put on my call light to go to the bathroom about a month ago, and nobody came, so I peed on myself and laid in bed went from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. I was embarrassed.”
On the morning of 03/30/2016, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “was observed performing perineal care for [a resident] following an episode of urinary incontinence.” The CNA “cleansed urine from the resident’s abdomen and thighs. Without changing gloves, [the CNA] touched a package of perineal wipes with the contaminated gloves [...and] then cleanse the urinary meatus with the same contaminated gloves on.”
Carbondale Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Integrity Healthcare of Carbondale, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm now. Our nursing home attorneys can ensure your family receives the financial compensation your loved one deserves for their injuries.
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