The spread of infection in an Illinois nursing facility could jeopardize the health and well-being of every patient. Because of that, the nursing staff must follow strict procedures and protocols, especially when providing cares and services to residents under contact isolation who have been diagnosed with highly contagious infections, viruses, and diseases. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide adequate training to the nursing staff or ongoing supervision to ensure that these protocols are followed. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to individuals who have suffered preventable infections while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating Center providing services and cares for residents of Jerseyville and Jersey County, Illinois. The111-certified-bed Facility is located at:
1001 South State Street
Jerseyville, IL 62052
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Jerseyville Nursing and Rehab also offers pastoral services, respite and hospice care, oh patient therapy, and dynamic activity programs along with physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Jerseyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database systems with comprehensive details of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The search results can be found online at Medicare.gov.
Currently, Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national Medicare rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Jersey County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/18/2015, a notation was made by the state surveyor concerning the facility’s failure to “change soiled gloves after toileting care of to residents reviewed for infection control.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation of a resident was made at approximately noon on 12/15/2015. The resident “was assisted to the bathroom by a Social Services Aide and a Certified Nursing Aide.” After the resident urinated, the resident “was assisted to the standing position by [both employees].” With gloves on, the Certified Nursing Aide wiped the resident’s “peri-area with toilet paper and threw it into the toilet [...and then] pulled up the resident’s pants, assisted [the resident] to the seated position in the wheelchair and reposition [the resident] in the wheelchair while wearing the same gloves used to wipe [the resident’s] peri-area.”
A second observation was made of a different resident transferring from the wheelchair to the toilet with the assistance of two Certified Nursing Assistants just after noon on 12/15/2015. Both CNAs left the resident “on the toilet, unsupervised. At 12:39 PM, [both Certified Nursing Aides] entered [the resident’s] bathroom, gloved, stood [the resident] up and [one CNA] wiped [the resident’s] anus/perineal area from front to back [...and] did not change her gloves or wash her hands after waking [the resident] and then touching [the resident’s] transfer device, clothing, bare skin and wheelchair with her soiled gloves.”
The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the Certified Nursing Aides and Social Services Aide failed to follow the facility’s April 2012 policy titled: Handwashing / Hand Hygiene Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“This facility considers hand hygiene the primary means to prevent the spread of infection.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2015, the investigator noted the facility’s failure to “prevent the spread of potential infection by following isolation precautions performing hand hygiene.” The deficient practice involved four residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 11/14/2014 MDS (Minimum Data Set) documenting that the resident “requires the extensive assistance of one staff for ADL (activities of daily living) [...and] has a urinary catheter in place.”
The resident was diagnosed with VRE (Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci) and MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), two highly contagious infectious diseases. The resident’s 11/19/2014 Care Plan directs the staff to “follow contact isolation at all times.” However, during an observation tour, the investigator noted that “at no time did [two employees] wear a gown while changing [the highly contagious resident’s] dressings.”
Jerseyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Jerseyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our experienced, reputable Illinois attorneys provide victims of nursing home abuse or mistreatment the legal representation they need against all those who caused them harm. Our law firm can provide your family numerous legal options on how to proceed to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
Schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case review today by calling our Jersey County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning your case at trial or negotiating an out of court settlement.