Every incident or allegation involving abuse in an Illinois nursing home must be reported to the facility Administrator and reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health immediately. These protocols ensure that the victim is not repeatedly assaulted by the alleged abuser and interventions can be put in place including removing the perpetrator from the premises. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow these procedures and protocols, which often places the well-being of the patient in jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were abused by their caregivers at Illinois nursing facilities like Lena Living Center.
Lena Living Center
This Nursing Home is a ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-accepted facility providing nursing services to residents of Lena and Stephenson County, Illinois. The 101-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
1010 South Logan Street
Lena, IL 61048
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Lena Living Center also offers:
- Wound care
- Pain Management
- IV therapy
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
- Hospice care
- Respite care
Lena Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed about 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. This data provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of hygiene assistance and health care.
Currently, Lena Living Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Stephenson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found a variety of violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation or Incident Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, a state investigator noted that the facility failed to “immediately report an allegation of abuse to the Abuse Coordinator. The facility failed to report an allegation of abuse to the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a Group Interview occurring at 10:30 AM on 05/24/2016 where a resident stated “a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) going into nights, he’s rough with me. I can’t remember what he looks like.”
The facility Administrator was interviewed that morning at 11:15 AM who stated “I can’t lie to you, I’m not aware of the allegation of abuse with [the resident]. It was not reported to me. The process for an allegation of abuse is that I am notified immediately and I would send it to you, staff would be suspended. It would be investigated, and then you would be notified of the results.”
The action of not reporting and investigating the incident of abuse fails to follow the facility’s December 2013 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, or to an immediate supervisor who then must immediately reported to the Administrator.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Training to the Nursing Staff to Avoid Resident Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure a resident was transferred in a safe manner by not using a gait belt.”
The state investigator observed to Certified Nursing Assistant’s on the afternoon of 05/24/2016 transferring a resident “from her wheelchair into her bed without using a gait belt.” The two Certified Nursing Assistants held the resident “by her underarms and the back of her pants [while her] toes touched the ground.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s May 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) that revealed that the resident “has diagnoses of femur fracture, lack of coordination, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, osteoporosis, dementia and anxiety disorder.” The Director of Nursing stated on the morning of 05/25/2016 that the “gait belt is used for her safety.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 08/11/2011 policy titled: Transfers that read in part:
“Nursing staff will provide a safe transfer and a transfer belt will be used.”
Lena Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Lena Living Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys have successfully resolved many financial compensation claims for victims of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in Illinois nursing facilities.
We encourage you to contact our Stephenson County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or after we have won your case at trial.