The staff at every nursing facility in Illinois must follow an effective care plan, and develop interventions anytime a resident has recurrences of falls. Failure to develop interventions could jeopardize the health and well-being of the resident, especially if a fall incident causes a decline in their health, broken bones or another factor that could contribute to a premature death. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility provides their nursing staff adequate training and ongoing supervision to ensure that the patient receives the highest level of care. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many families were a deceased loved one died prematurely while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Integrity Health Care of Chester.
Integrity Health Care of Chester
This Center is an 111-certified-bed Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Chester and Randolph County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted ‘for-profit’ Facility is located at:
770 State Street
Chester, Il 62233
Chester Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This information can be found on sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Integrity Health Care of Chester maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Randolph County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/08/2016, a state surveyor opened a formal complaint against the facility for its failure to “assess causative factors contributing to falls and take corrective actions based on those factors.” The state investigator noted that “this failure resulted in [the resident] sustaining a fracture of his right hip.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings that involved the resident who “was found lying on the floor” at 5:45 PM on 07/23/2015. A staff member “asked him if he hit his head as he touching his left forehead. There is a 3.5 by 3.5 hematoma on his left forehead. The causative factors documented as ‘resident was attempting to self-transfers for toileting and lost balance.’ The corrective action for this fall is “seat belt alarm applied’.”
A second falling incident occurred at 1:50 PM on 08/08/2015 when the resident “was standing in the room, began to stumble, landed on both knees, no injury.” The facility documented contributing factors as “upon investigation, [the nursing staff] learn that the resident was lying in bed with a shirt and diaper on. The resident prefers to have pants on as well when in bed. The resident was attempting to get out of bed, unassisted to get his pants. The resident is not ready and is unable to transfer self. The resident stumbled and fell to the floor.” As a part of a “plan of action to prevent reoccurrence,” the staff members added, “to the care plan to leave pants on the resident while lying in bed.”
A third falling incident was documented at noon on 09/10/2015 when the resident “was on the toilet when a CNA came out and the next CNA went in to cover the leaving CNA.” The resident “was on the floor [...and] stated that he had landed on his knees.” The facility documented the causative factors as “resident transferred with staff assistance from the wheelchair to toilet, the staff member then exchanged positions with another CNA. During this period, the resident attempted a self-transfer back to the wheelchair and fell.”
The resident fell again at 10:00 PM on 10/08/2015. Staff members “observed the resident sitting on a blue mat beside the bed on buttocks, back against the bed, legs extended out.” The resident had “a moderate amount of urine on the floor/mat. When questioned, the resident stated he slid off the side of the bed using his left arm to catch himself, complaining of left shoulder pain.”
The resident fell again on 10/14/2015 and “attempted to get out of the wheelchair without assistance and fell to the floor.” Again on the following day, 10/15/2015, the resident fell again at 3:30 PM while self-transferring from the bed to the wheelchair which was on the safety mat on the floor. The resident attempted to push the chair backward and fell.”
Additional falls were recorded occurring to the resident on 10/25/2015, 12/16/2015, 01/12/2016, and 01/19/2016. The resident’s 01/20/2016 Certificate of Death documented the resident’s cause of death as pneumonia, right hip fracture [that occurred during a fall] and Parkinson’s disease.
Chester Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one died prematurely while residing at Integrity Health Care of Chester, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our reputable Illinois attorneys provide families of victims of nursing home mistreatment the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm.
We urge you to contact our Randolph County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.