Any decline in the Illinois nursing home residents medical condition is cause for alarm. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to notify the resident’s physician and responsible guardian immediately to ensure that the patient receives the highest level of care as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide adequate training to their nursing staff or ongoing supervision to ensure that all procedures, protocols, and standards of care are given to the patient. Because of that, many residents suffer serious harm due to the negligent actions of their caregivers. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of negligent caregiving who reside in Illinois nursing facilities including Integrity Health Care of Smithton.
Integrity Health Care of Smithton
This Center is a 101-certified-bed Medicaid-participating Nursing Facility providing cares and services to residents of Smithton and St. Clair County, Illinois. The ‘for-profit’ Home is located at:
107 South Lincoln
Smithton, IL 62285
Smithton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide their patients, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. This data provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Integrity Health Care of Smithton maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing concerns. The St. Clair County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous violations, safety concerns, and deficiencies at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Notify Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2016, a state survey team opened a complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "notified the physician of a bruise to the forehead.” The deficient practice involved an ambulatory moderately cognitively impaired resident.”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s 6:06 PM 03/24/2016 Nurses Notes documenting that the resident “has a hematoma on the mid-forehead, approximately 4.0 by 3.0 centimeters. The resident “states that she was in the bathroom washing her hands when a staff member came in asking her while the paper towels were on the floor.” The resident “stated that the staff member made her nervous, and she went to leave the bathroom, she bumped her head on the bathroom door as she was leaving. Staff had already left the bathroom and were not aware of [the female resident] bumping her head.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 03/24/2016 Incident/Accident Report. However, there was no documentation that the physician was informed at all. “The report documents that family members were present in the building at the time.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s former Director of Nursing at 12:32 PM on 04/06/2016 reported that a family member brought the resident’s “bruise to her attention.” The director “reported hematoma had slight swelling and a light blue bruising… to the right forehead.” The director also stated that a “Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) reported she would take care of calling the doctor completing the report.” However, the doctor was not informed.
- Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Residents Who Wander Away from the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/17/2016, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “supervise one resident who left the facility without the knowledge of the staff.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 3:30 AM 02/07/2016 Nurses Notes the documents “at 11:00 PM, shift change, the resident noted not in bed. Facility and surrounding area search thoroughly. Local businesses search. Resident not located. The administrator called at 12:15 AM and notified of the resident missing from the facility.”
Documentation also revealed that at “12:38 AM, the resident returned to the facility [...and] fell on the buttocks after taking a few steps into the building. Bleeding noted to the right knuckle on pinky finger, also has abrasion to the right ring finger knuckle and middle finger knuckle.” Additional bruising and superficial scratches were noted by the staff. The doctor was notified of the incident in a message was left for the resident’s Power of Attorney (POA).
Smithton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected while residing at Integrity Health Care of Smithton, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our respected Illinois attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their nursing facility.
We urge you to contact our St. Clair County elder abuse law office today at 888 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home personal injury claims for compensation on contingency.