The overall general health of many nursing home residents is often significantly diminished due to medical conditions, age or the need to take specific medications. In addition, prolonged periods of immobility can wreak havoc on the resident’s skin and underlying tissue. Without assistance from the nursing staff and an effective plan of care to minimize skin breakdown, many residents suffer serious preventable harm. In fact, the Decatur elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many victims of skin breakdown caused by the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Injury to the skin at its deepest levels is often hard to detect. That is why many physicians provide staff members in nursing facilities comprehensive plans of care to minimize the potential of skin breakdown that could lead to bedsores and open wounds. If undetected or left untreated, a small wound can easily develop into a life-threatening condition.
Lincoln Manor is a 140-certified bed nursing facility serving the residents of Decatur and Macon County. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating for-profit center is located at:
2650 N. Monroe St.
Decatur, Illinois 62526
Decatur Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Every nursing facility in the United States is routinely regulated and monitored by federal and state regulatory agencies. The updated information is posted online on various sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this valuable information to make informed decisions about where to place a loved one in the community to ensure they receive the highest level of care.
Currently, Lincoln Manor maintains an overall one out of five available stars in the national star rating summary system compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes one out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues and health concerns. Our Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of the major concerns include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Physician and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "ensure the physician was properly notified of a change in the resident’s condition.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Lincoln Manor was first documented in the resident’s 09/22/2015 Hospital Emergency Room Report that revealed that the resident “was evaluated for foot pain and his left leg/foot was placed in an orthotic boot.”
The hospital emergency room discharge instructions gave the nursing staff directions on providing care that included: “boot on at all times even when in bed, check every shift for skin integrity, breakdown, sores, redness, decreased circulation and sensitivity, and seek medical care if pain worsens in the foot and lower leg or orthotic are uncomfortable or painful.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 5:00 PM 09/24/2015 Skin Condition Report revealed that the Wound Nurse documented that the resident “had developed an abrasion to the left inner ankle, measuring 3.0 centimeters by 2.0 centimeters related to boot therapy.” However, the resident’s physician “was not notified until [the following day on] 09/25/2015 and orders were received at 4:39 PM, to monitor abrasion to the left inner ankle and replace foam dressing to the ankle every shift to prevent further skin breakdown.” The investigator also interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 10:50 AM on 11/17/2015 who stated that they “did not notify the physician of the development of [the resident’s] wound in a timely manner.”
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Physician and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/04/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "notify physician with potential severe drug interactions for [a resident at the facility.” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to notify a physician when residents’ scheduled medications could not be administered because of pharmacy delays.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Lincoln Manor affected three residents.
The deficient practice by the nursing staff was first noted in the resident’s Progress Notes between 11/3/2015 and 01/10/2016 noting that the resident’s nurses were alerted [on seven days between that time frame] with the potential severe reaction caused by [the administration of the resident’s] medications.” However, the investigator noted that the nurses notes during that time “do not document [that the resident’s] physician was notified when [the resident’s] medications were not administered because of not being delivered by the pharmacy.”
Decatur Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is suffering serious harm or injury caused by the neglectful actions of the nursing staff at any Illinois nursing facility including Lincoln Manor, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate legal steps to stop the abuse now. Our dedicated Macon County elder abuse attorneys can take legal action to hold those responsible for causing injury to your loved one and build a case to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves.
We recommend you make contact with our Decatur nursing home law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free full case review. We handle all nursing home neglect cases and personal injury claims for compensation on contingency, to avoid the need of making any upfront payment.