Many nursing facilities administer antipsychotic medications to residents in an effort to control their behaviors and minimize the need for ongoing supervision and monitoring. However, state and federal nursing home regulations restrict the use of antipsychotic drugs and require ongoing assessments and evaluations to determine how other interventions, redirection or actions can be taken to minimize their use. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these laws and regulations and choose to over-medicate the patient with multiple antipsychotic drugs instead. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to residents who have been administered antipsychotic drugs without proper authorization and evaluations while residing at Illinois skilled nursing homes like Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Center is a 77-certified-bed Nursing Facility providing services and cares to residents of Jonesboro and Union County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted ‘for-profit’ Nursing Home is located at:
Jonesboro, IL 62952
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Jonesboro Nursing and Rehab offers outpatient therapies, sub-acute rehabilitation, enhancement therapy, long-term care and short-term rehabilitation services.
Jonesboro Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies continuously update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on online at Medicare.gov.
Currently, Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns, and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Union County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Ensure That Patients’ Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/14/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify specific behaviors and provide a coherent program of behavioral monitoring and interventions for [a resident] reviewed for psychoactive medications.” The deficient practice involved a resident at the facility receiving five milligrams of Haldol, Divalproex and Abilify daily. Haldol and Abilify are antipsychotic medications and Divalproex is used to treat certain types of epileptic seizures and/or bipolar disorder.
When asked by the state surveyor’s team, the Care Plan Coordinator provided the survey team “behavior monitoring and intervention data for [the resident] on 08/13/2015.” The records for May, June and July 2015 targeted the resident’s behaviors as “self-isolating, not coming to the dining room for meals, mood issues, and noncompliant with care at times.”
The investigator questioned the multiple psychoactive medications prescribed to the resident. The Administrator stated that the resident “was under the care of a psychiatrist, and presented documents from the mental health care provider.” The Administrator also acknowledged “that the activity data and behavior monitoring conflicted with one another, and that the behavior documentation failed to identify specific behaviors, potential behavioral triggers, and directions to prevent behaviors from occurring.”
- Failure to Take Precautions to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/24/2014, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “use barriers to prevent potential cross contamination between residents while performing blood glucose testing.”
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the morning of 10/21/2014 retrieving “a plastic container from the bottom drawer of the 200 Hall Medication Cart and placed it on top of the medication cart.” The observer noted that the container had health supplies used for blood glucose testing.”
The LPN entered the resident’s room “in place this container on [the resident’s] over bed table without a barrier. After completing the procedure, [the LPN] then return to the medication cart with the container and placed it on top of the medication cart [before proceeding to another resident’s room] with the same container supplies and place them on [the resident’s] bed without a barrier.”
The actions of the Licensed Practical Nurse failing to use a barrier occurred multiple times while performing blood glucose testing on multiple patients. As a result, an interview was conducted with the facility Director of Nurses on the morning of 10/24/2014 who confirmed that “not placing the supplies on a barrier poses a risk for potential cross contamination.”
Jonesboro Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered injury or died prematurely while a patient at Jonesboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our seasoned Jonesboro attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated or abused. Our legal team has years of experience in successfully resolving claims for financial compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
We urge you to contact our Union County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free full case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.