Any allegation of abuse occurring in an Illinois nursing facility must be reported to the Administrator and State Agency within a specific timeframe. The laws concerning abuse are designed to provide protection to the victim after the incident has occurred during the investigation process so that swift action can be taken to avoid further damage. Unfortunately, not every nursing home follows these procedures and protocols, often to the detriment of the injured victim. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were abused or mistreated at Illinois nursing facilities like Integrity Healthcare of Wood River.
Integrity Healthcare of Wood River
This facility is a 106-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center providing nursing services to residents of Wood River and Madison County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
393 Edwardsville Rd.
Wood River, IL 62095
Wood River Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints.
Currently, Integrity Healthcare of Wood River maintains an overall one out of five available stars rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis 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 Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious various deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "report an allegation of abuse immediately to the Administrator, delaying the initial investigation of potential abuse for three months.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff and Administrator at Integrity Healthcare Wood River affected one resident at the facility.
A part of the investigator’s findings involved a Group Interview Meeting with the resident at 9:00 AM on 11/17/2015 who stated that “I was sleeping by the piano three months ago, and [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] pinched me on the shoulder to wake me up. I told [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] that the CNA pinched me on the shoulder.” During the discussion, the LPN “checked my shoulder out, and told me [the resident] that she [the LPN] didn’t see any spots on my shoulder.” In response to the discussion with the LPN, the CNA “came back and asked me why did I scream and was I trying to get her in trouble.”
The Licensed Practical Nurse was interviewed the following day at 1:00 PM and stated that the resident “told me about three months ago that [the CNA] scared her when she woke her up.” The resident “did not tell me that [the CNA] woke her by pinching her. [The resident] told a [Registered Nurse (RN)] that the CNA pinched her [...and that the RN] reported it (the pinching allegation) to me.”
A review of the resident’s medical records “did not document any information about this allegation of abuse. The facility had no documentation that an investigation had been completed regarding this allegation.” The investigator interviewed the facility Administrator at 3:45 PM on 08/17/2015 who stated: “I am not aware of this allegation, but I will investigate it now.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies regarding Abuse and Neglect at the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "operationalize its abuse policy by not reporting an allegation of abuse immediately to the Administrator, delaying the initial investigation of abuse.”
The investigator noted the failure of the nursing staff and administration to follow established procedures and protocols concerning an allegation of abuse in accordance with the law. This deficient practice failed to follow the facility’s policy titled Abuse Prevention Program Facility Procedures that reads in part:
“Employees are required to report any incident, allegation or suspicion of potential abuse, neglect, mistreatment… They observe, hear about, or suspect to the Administrator immediately. The supervisor shall immediately inform the Administrator… all reports of incidences, allegations or suspicions of potential abuse…”
“The nursing supervisor is responsible for reporting to the Administrator.”
Wood River Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have your suspicions that your loved one is being neglected or abused while residing at Integrity Healthcare Wood River, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to stop the mistreatment now. Our nursing home attorneys can ensure your loved one’s rights are protected and handle your case for financial compensation to ensure it is resolved successfully.
We urge you to contact our Madison County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. You can schedule your appointment today and speak with one of our experienced lawyers during a free, no-obligation case review. No upfront fees or retainers are required. We accept wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements, meaning our fees are paid after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial.