By state and federal nursing home regulations, nursing facilities are required to inform physicians anytime there is a change in resident’s condition that could include diminishing health. The protocol to update the physician ensures that the resident receives the highest level of care to maintain their well-being or improve their condition. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to train their staff adequately to follow those procedures. Sadly, the Peru elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where nursing home residents have suffered needlessly because their caregivers never notified the doctor of a change in their health.
Manor Court of Peru
Manor Court of Peru is a 104-bed not for profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Peru and LaSalle County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3230 Becker Dr.
Peru, IL 61354
Peru Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to ensure that the public remains fully informed of the level of care every nursing facility provides in the United States, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects the entire history of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of homes nationwide. The results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Manor Court of Peru maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the US. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Peru Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Physician of a Resident’s Change in Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/27/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician of a worsened condition of a pressure ulcer.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The resident’s 04/05/2016 Nursing Progress Note revealed that the resident was “admitted to the facility [on that date] without any pressure ulcers noted on [the resident’s] heels.” Two days later on 04/07/2016, the resident’s Nursing Progress Note revealed that the resident “was noted to have a right heel intact blister measuring 3.0 centimeters by 4.0 centimeters and a non-intact left heel blister measuring 7.0 centimeters by 9.0 centimeters.
Six days later on 04/13/2016, the resident’s Nursing Progress Notes revealed a “noted large amount brownish-red foul-smelling drainage both heels.” Two weeks later in the morning of 04/27/2016, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated that another LPN “did not inform [the resident’s] physician of a large amount of brownish red following smell drainage from [their] heels.” The LPN stated that “I thought it wasn’t anything new and I was new to his treatments. However, on 04/13/2016, I had the Director of Nursing and the Assistant Director of Nursing look at them because they looked so bad.”
The state investigator interviewed the resident’s Position at noon on 04/27/2016 who “confirmed he was not notified, and stated he would have expected the nursing staff to have called regarding the worsening condition of [the resident’s] heal pressure ulcers.” The physician also stated, “I would have liked the opportunity to make a treatment change.”
The state investigator noted the facility’s failure to follow their March 2004 for Wound Care Policy that reads in part:
“Wound Care/Documentation: the physician must be notified of a change of the wound status… In the case of drainage containing pus, and/or presence of odor, the physician should be consulted regarding culture and sensitivity of the wound.”
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Catheter Tubing Care to Prevent Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/11/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to maintain catheter tubing in a manner that prevents infections.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Manor Court of Peru affected three residents at the facility “reviewed for indwelling catheter care.”
An observation was made on the morning of 12/11/2015 when Two Certified Nursing Assistants positioned a resident’s “wheelchair next to [their] bedside, preparing [the resident] to be transferred from the wheelchair to the bed for catheter care.” It was noted that at that time, the resident’s “tubing to [their] urinary catheter lay on the floor and while moving the wheelchair, [one Certified Nursing Assistant] ran over the tubing with the wheelchair wheel.”
An additional observation was made on the afternoon of 12/09/2015 of another resident who “was lying in bed with [their] indwelling urinary drainage bag and tubing placed under the bed, directly on the floor.” An interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nurses on the afternoon of 12/11/2015 who stated: “catheter bag and tubing can be placed anywhere where it doesn’t raise above the level of the bladder, but not touching the floor and/or laying on the floor.”
Peru Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury, harm or premature death while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Manor Court of Peru, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers can successfully resolve your financial compensation case.
Contact our LaSalle County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case review. No upfront fees are required.