Before any Illinois nursing facility can offer a Registered Nurse, Licensed Practical Nurse a Certified Nursing Assistant a job, a pre-employment screening and reference check must be completed. These reference checks and screenings help identify potential candidates for a job opening who have previously abused, neglected or mistreated nursing home residents. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility follows the strict state and federal requirements of performing completed background checks, which has the potential of exposing patients to perpetrators of abuse and neglect. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented abused and mistreated patients residing at Illinois nursing homes like Iroquois Resident Home who have suffered harm by their caregivers.
Iroquois Resident Home
This Nursing Home is a ‘not for profit’ 42-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved Center providing nursing cares and services to residents of Watseka and Iroquois County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
200 Fairman Avenue
Watseka, IL 60970
As a part of the Presence Healthcare Iroquois Memorial Hospital, Iroquois Resident Home offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, immediate access to around the clock emergency care, and skilled nursing care.
Watseka Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a comprehensive list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations that is regularly updated by the state of Illinois and the federal government. This data can be used to make a well-informed decision of which nursing facilities in the community by the highest level of care.
Currently, Iroquois Resident Home maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The Iroquois County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Power of Attorney (POA) or Family Members of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/09/2016, a state surveyor made a notation of a deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “notify the family of medication changes for [a resident].” The deficient practice involved a resident with moderate cognitive impairment who “has trouble concentrating more than half the time.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the resident’s care plans and the discontinued use of lorazepam to treat anxiety. The resident’s 03/10/2016 through 06/06/2016 Nursing Progress Notes “does not document that [the resident’s] family was notified of the medication change.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing in the late afternoon of 06/06/2016 who stated: “when a medication like this is increased, the nurse who took the order should call and notify the family and the resident.” The assistant Director also confirmed that the resident’s “Nursing Progress Notes did not contain documentation that the family had been notified of these changes.”
- Failure to Perform Background Checks and Reference Checks on New Hires
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/09/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “identify reference checks from previous/current employers as part of the screening of new employees. The facility failed to do reference checks from previous or current employers for new employees. This failure has the potential to affect all 29 residents residing in the facility.”
An interview was conducted by the investigator with the Human Resources Director at the facility on 06/08/2016 who stated “we don’t do personal employee reference checks. When asked how they decide whether it’s applicable to do reference checks or not, [the HR Director] stated “it is hit or miss, if there someone we have a question about, will do a reference.’ [The Human Resources Director] stated they try to do [them on] people working in the nursing home.
The investigator noted that the actions by the administration at the facility failed to follow their March 2016 Abuse Policy that reads in part:
“Conduct pre-employment screening of employees…”
“Human Resources will check an applicant’s work references, if applicable before a conditional job offer is made…”
Watseka Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or harm while a patient at Iroquois Resident Home, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law offices now. Our experienced, reputable Watseka attorneys provide victims of nursing home abuse, neglect or mistreatment the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm or injury. Our law firm can provide your family numerous legal options on how to proceed to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Iroquois County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are paid for our fees only once we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.