By law, every member of the nursing staff at Illinois nursing facilities is required to report any allegation or witness of abuse occurring in the home immediately. These laws help protect the victim to ensure they are not repeatedly assaulted physically, mentally, verbally or sexually. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes train their employees to follow these procedures and protocols, which is often detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide representation to abused patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Kewanee Care Home.
Kewanee Care Home
This Center is an 84-certified-bed Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Kewanee and Henry County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved ‘for profit’ Nursing Facility is located at:
144 Junior Avenue
Kewanee, IL 61443
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Kewanee Care Center offers nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and the Peterson’s Pathways Rehabilitation program.
Kewanee Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of health and hygiene care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Kewanee Care Home maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The Henry County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous health violations and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Investigative Report an Allegation or Incident Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/20/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyors while performing an annual licensure and certification survey in regards to the facility’s failure to “report neglect of one resident.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s “investigation of possible neglect/abuse, dated 03/31/2016.” The report documents that a Certified Nursing Assistant “violated the resident’s rights and the neglect was confirmed for [the resident].”
The facility’s documented investigation revealed that the Certified Nursing Assistant was aware of the resident’s “allegation of neglect and received a ‘write up for failure to report timely’.” The Administrator stated at 3:00 PM on 05/19/2016 that the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not report [the resident’s] allegation of neglect toward [another resident and stated that the CNA] received write up for not reporting the allegation to [the Administrator] right away.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/20/2016, the state investigator noted the nursing home’s failure “to follow the facility’s abuse reporting policy and procedure [involving a case of abuse of a resident at the facility].”
The incident involved the Certified Nursing Assistant not allowing the resident “to lay back down in bed and refused to toilet [the resident].” The actions the nursing staff in their failure to notify the Administrator in a timely manner failed to follow the facility’s Abuse Reporting Policy that reads in part:
“Employees are required to immediately report any occurrences of potential/alleged mistreatment they observe, hear about, or suspect to a supervisor or the Administrator.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/20/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow fall interventions for [a resident] reviewed for falls.”
The deficient practice was first noted in state findings after the investigator reviewed the resident’s staff communication document (SBAR) revealing that the resident “was found on the floor [of their room] at 7:45 PM” on 10/08/2015. Again on 09/17/2015, documents at the facility revealed that the resident “was found on the floor at 6:30 AM at the foot of the bed, leaning on [their] wheelchair in [their] room.
The facility developed a 09/17/2015 Fall Care Plan Intervention that stated “Care need notice on all interventions.” However, the resident fell again on 05/19/2016 at 6:30 AM when [the resident] was in bed.” The resident “got up and fell between the bed and the wheelchair, so [their] wheelchair was in [their] room after the intervention was implemented [that the staff would] leave the resident’s wheelchair in the hallway when [the resident] was in bed on 09/08/2015.”
Kewanee Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was injured or harmed while a patient at Kewanee Care Home, contact Rosenfeld injury lawyers. Our dedicated Kewanee knowledgeable attorneys represent clients with victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our lawyers can help your family successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all those who caused your loved one injury.
Schedule your free, comprehensive case review today by calling our Henry County elder abuse law offices at 888 424-5757. 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.