Anytime there is a decline in an Illinois nursing home resident’s health, the nursing staff is required to immediately notify the physician and the resident’s responsible party/Power of Attorney (POA). This notification ensures that the patient will receive the highest level of immediate care to ensure their well-being. Unfortunately, not all nursing staff are trained and supervised to ensure they follow these guidelines, which can be extremely detrimental to the health of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered needlessly through the neglectful actions of their caregivers while residing at skilled nursing homes like Integrity Healthcare of Marion.
Integrity Healthcare of Marion
This Nursing Home is a 125-certified-bed Center providing nursing cares and services to residents of Marion and Williamson County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved ‘for-profit’ Nursing Facility is located at:
1301 East Deyoung
Marion, IL 62959
Marion Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. This data can be found on sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Marion maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other homes nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The Williamson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Notify Physician and the Patient’s Power of Attorney (POA) of a Change in a Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2016, a state survey team opened the complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "notify the physician and Power of Attorney (POA) of a change in pain condition for two residents.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings that at 1:00 PM on 06/03/2016, resident “had fallen out of his wheelchair trying to reach a cup off the floor.” The resident told the nurses “that he had a headache, that his neck hurt, and his back was hurting, and his left leg was sore.” The resident “was noted to have a swollen upper lip.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility Director of Nursing at 1:25 PM that same day who stated: “any time a resident hits their head or the fall is witnessed, the nursing staff should always initiate neurological testing and check pupil responses.” The Director also stated, “if the resident continues to have complaints or problems then the nurses should continue to assess the resident as often as necessary and make the doctor and Power of Attorney (POA) aware as well.”
A review of the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) revealed that the resident had an order for pain medication administered every eight hours for pain. However, the Corporate Consultant stated that that the doctor was not notified of the resident’s neurological issues, head injury and pain “until after the surveyor made the facility aware of issues at the daily status meeting at 5:00 PM on the day of the incident. The Corporate Consultant stated that “staff should have made the physician aware of the issues as soon as the complaint of pain had continued.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Eliminate the Potential of a Resident Developing Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “provide proper catheter care to help prevent infections and a failure to assist totally incontinent independent residents that were at high risk for urinary tract infections.”
An observation was made of a resident at 10:10 AM on 06/02/2016 who stated: “the last time anyone had been in her room to change her was when they got her up for breakfast this morning around 7:30 AM.” The resident also stated, “I can’t use my call light because I can’t reach it.” The investigator noted that “the call light was not readily visible, but was found tied around the top headboard, under the covers.”
At 10:50 AM, the resident “stated that she had put on her call light around 10:30 AM and a girl came in and turned her light often asked what she wanted. I told her I was wet and needed to go to the bathroom to be changed and she walked out and said I’ll be right back.” The resident stated that “my brief and clothes have been wet since around 8:00 AM this morning. I know this because I keep time by my watch.”
Marion Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated or abused as a patient at Integrity Healthcare of Marion, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Marion team of knowledgeable attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities in Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Williamson County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation on contingency.