Slipping and falling in a nursing facility can alter the course of a patient’s life, compromise their health and, at times, cause their premature death. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to develop an effective Care Plan for every resident to minimize the potential of falling. However, due to overcrowding, minimal staffing and lack of training, many nursing homes fail to enforce interventions to ensure that the patient’s environment is safe. The Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm represents nursing home residents who have been seriously injured from falls while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Manor Court of Maryville.
Manor Court of Maryville
The facility is a 132-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing home providing services to residents of Maryville and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
6955 State Route 162
Maryville, IL 62062
Maryville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of 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 filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Manor Court of Maryville maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis star rating system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Pain Medication in Accordance with Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/19/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "develop an individualized pain management plan that included an accurate assessment.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to monitor and treat pain for [two residents] reviewed for pain management.” It was noted that “this failure resulted in [a resident] verbalizing a decrease in activities of daily living and physical activity related to her pain.”
A part of the investigator’s findings included a review of the resident’s Admission Sheet that identified the resident being admitted to the facility on 07/08/2016 “following a fall and fractured left hip at her prior placement and readmitted to the facility following a brief hospital stay on 08/08/2016 for a urinary tract infection.”
The physician’s 07/12/2060 Care Plan notes the potential for pain due to the left hip fracture with guidelines for the nursing staff to “observe signs and symptoms of pain such as grimacing, moaning, bringing their hands, rubbing a body part, agitation, display mood indicators/behaviors.”
On the morning of 08/17/2016, the resident was sitting in her wheelchair at bedside. At that time, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) had removed [the resident’s] pressure ulcer dressing on her left heel and it was resting on the bare floor.” The resident “cried out in pain as [the LPN] held her foot up and moaned/groaned as she lifted.” The LPN asked the resident to “greater pain and she rate an “8” [...and] stated that it was her hip.”
A review of the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) documents that the resident “received [their prescribed] oxycodone randomly from 08/08/2016 through 08/17/2016, a total of 10 times and 11 days with no evidence that the pain medication was coordinated with therapies or pressure ulcer dressing changes for [the resident] to ensure adequate pain relief for either the Oxycodone/Tylenol or Tylenol.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Develop Effective Care Plans to Eliminate Falling
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/19/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify causation factors contributed to falls implement interventions based on identified hazards.” This failure resulted in the resident “having repeated falls and falling on 07/13/2016 and dislocating right shoulder with a fracture.”
As a part of the investigation, the facility’s Accident and Incident Report revealed that the resident “had an unwitnessed fall on 06/21/2016 in [their] room. The report documented [the resident] slipped while leaning over in a wheelchair to pick up her shoe. The report documented [the resident] did not receive any injuries. After [the resident] fell out of the wheelchair leaning over to pick up her shoe [on that day] the intervention that had been added to the Care Plan… documented to continue therapies as ordered….”
The resident suffered an additional fall on 07/13/2016 when “attempting to go to the bathroom unassisted.” At that time, the resident “dislocated their right shoulder with a fracture.”
Maryville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at Manor Court of Maryville, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our nursing home attorneys can handle a claim for compensation on your behalf to ensure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
We urge you to contact our Madison 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. No upfront fees are required.