The dignity and respect of individuality of every nursing home resident are to be maintained by the staff, employees and others at the facility. To do that, all employees must follow procedures and protocols, especially when ensuring that the patient is appropriately covered at all times. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to adequately train their nursing staff or supervise their actions to ensure that they respect the resident at all times. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Integrity Healthcare of Ridgeway who have been embarrassed, humiliated and made self-conscious by the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Integrity Healthcare of Ridgeway
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Ridgeway and Gallatin County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating 71-certified-bed facility is located at:
900 West Race Street
Ridgway, IL 62979
Ridgeway Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations that can be found on sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Ridgeway maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Gallatin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure the Dignity and Respect of Individuality of a Resident Is Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/15/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyor in regards to the facility’s failure to “ensure that residents were completely covered and dressed properly when out of their rooms.”
The failure was first noted by the state investigator after an observation of a resident was made at 10:45 AM on 06/12/2016 “wandering in and out of the nurse’s station with his pants loose.” The resident’s “incontinent brief and part of his buttocks were exposed. On 06/13/2016 at 12:10 PM, [the resident] was walking in and out of the dining room and in and out of the nurse’s station with the shirt pulled up to his chest leaving his stomach, part of his buttocks and his incontinence brief exposed.” At that time, the facility Administrator and a Registered Nurse “were walking past without assisting him with readjusting a scolding or informing a Certified Nursing Assistant to assist him.”
Another incident involving a different resident was observed at 10:15 AM on 06/12/2016 when a resident “was sitting in her wheelchair that was backed into a corner behind a partition in the dining room and [the resident] was chewing on her sleeve.” The resident “had her left arm out of the sleeve she was chewing on and it was underneath her blouse and one of her [the resident’s] how shoes were off several feet away from [the resident].”
A third resident was observed at 1:30 PM on 06/13/2016 at a “Group Meeting where the resident “had most of his thigh and part of his buttocks exposed.” The following day at 2:35 PM, that resident stated: “that he didn’t know he was partially exposed and stated he definitely wants to be completely covered and he will make sure the staff has him completely covered before he leaves his room.” Another resident was observed at 2:35 PM on 06/13/2016 “visiting with [this resident] stated that everyone needs to be covered up because exposing your body is embarrassing.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/02/2014, a state survey team opened a complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "establish an infection control program to adequately and actively assess and monitor skin rashes needing treatment. This has the potential to affect all of the 37 residents living in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving three residents who displayed red skin rashes on various areas of their body.” While one resident’s medical record “indicated her skin was treated with [the proper medication] on 11/05/2014 and 11/12/2014 to treat the red rash…” The entry on 11/21/2014 “states no skin issues were noted and the entry on11/24/2014 states the scabbed areas are noted to the torso.”
The facility’s Medical Director noted in the 11/20/2014 Progress Notes the residents were being “treated for scabies, typical rash much improved.” Scabies is a highly contagious might that causes itchy skin conditions by burrowing under the patient’s skin.
Ridgeway Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm while a patient at Integrity Healthcare of Ridgeway, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. We urge you to contact our Gallatin County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. We accept every nursing home abuse or neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in a court of law.