Liberty Village of Princeton
By law, every Illinois nursing home is required to conduct background checks before hiring any new employee to minimize the potential of a resident being exposed to abuse or neglect. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to take appropriate measures and place the nurse or employee on the floor before the background check has been completed. Sadly, the Princeton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have been abused, neglected or mistreated by caregivers who would have failed the background check if it had been conducted prior to their employment.
Manor Court of Princeton
Manor Court of Princeton is a 125-bed ‘not for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Princeton and Bureau County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
140 N. Sixth Street
Princeton, IL 61356
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Liberty Village of Princeton – Manor Court of Princeton provides personal care that includes geriatric nutrition, recreational activities, hospice care, and respite care.
Princeton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families use the Medicare star rating summary system to review all of the opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns involving nursing facilities in their community. This information updated through the state of Illinois and the federal government can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Manor Court of Princeton maintains an overall four out of four available star rating compared to all other facilities within the United States. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. However, our Princeton Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Background Checks Were Conducted Prior to Hiring Employees to Minimize Exposure of Residents to Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/24/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow policies and procedures for conducting required background checks prior to hiring [one employee] reviewed for healthcare worker background checks.” The deficient practice by the Administrator and staff at Manor Court of Princeton had the “potential to affect all 96 residents in the facility.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s undated Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Roster the documents that the Activity Aide/CNA “was hired at the facility on 10/20/2015.” However, the Certified Nursing Assistant’s Healthcare Worker Registry background check documents a background check was not conducted [on an employee] until 11/29/2015,” or more than five weeks after the CNA was hired.
As a part of the investigation, an interview was conducted by the state with the facility’s Human Resources Manager on the morning of 03/21/2016 who stated that the Certified Nursing Assistant “was hired at the facility on 10/20/2015 as an Activity Aide, and transitioned into the role of a CNA on 11/29/2015.” The Manager stated that “the facility is unable to provide documentation of any background check conducted on [the CNA] prior to [their] hire date.”
It was noted that the actions by the facility failed to follow their revised June 2014 Abuse Prohibition Policy that reads in part:
“Screening of potential employees will be conducted and hiring will be dependent upon screening result. Screening shall include: Reference check with previous employees and/or current employer. Healthcare worker background checks on non-licensed care staff. Check with appropriate licensing boards and registries when applicable…”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/03/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to develop and implement interventions to prevent falls.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for falls.” In addition, the failure “contributed to the fall with a fracture of [a resident’s] right hip which required surgical repair.”
The failure involved a resident at the facility that was diagnosed with dementia. A review of the resident’s April Physician Order Sheet (POS) and MDS (Minimum Data Set) dated 04/29/2014 and 01/06/2015 documents that the resident “is severely cognitively impaired and requires extensive assistance when ambulating in [their] room.”
As a part of the investigation, a review was made of the 04/11/2014 Investigation / Event Report that documents the resident “fell on the side of [their] bed sustaining a painful/limited range of motion (ROM) in lower extremity.” The resident’s 04/16/2015 Radiology Report of an x-ray on the resident’s right hip documents that “there is a non-displaced intertrochanteric fracture.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing in the afternoon of 04/02/2015 who stated that “sometimes we can’t find any reason so we keep trying the [old] interventions we have in place.”
Princeton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was neglected, abused or mistreated while residing at Manor Court of Princeton, or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide you immediate legal help. Our Bureau County elder abuse law firm can protect your loved one’s rights and handle the entire process of obtaining the financial compensation they deserve for their damages.
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