The staff at nursing facilities have a legal obligation to take appropriate actions and report any change of a resident’s condition to ensure their health and well-being is constantly maintained. Unfortunately, substandard care, neglect, and abuse can lead to a serious decline in the resident’s health if appropriate measures are not taken to stop the harm. Sadly, the Sullivan elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered at the hands of their caregivers.
Even though the standard of care provided in a nursing facility is dictated by state and federal statutes, interpretive guidelines and extensive regulations, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants still choose to neglect or abuse the residents under their care. The fragility of the aging population in nursing homes and the need to be completely reliant on the staff often causes many cases of mistreatment to go unreported because the resident feels intimidated or fears retaliation.
Mason Point is a 122-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit facility providing services to residents of Sullivan and Moultrie County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
One Masonic Way
Sullivan, Illinois 61951
The facility provides Alzheimer’s care, memory care, skilled nursing care and rehabilitation through their Pathways Program.
Sullivan Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
All nursing homes in the United States undergo rigorous annual surveys and investigations by state and federal regulatory agencies. Every opened investigation, filed complaint, health violation and safety concern is posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov as a comparative analysis tool for family members who are deciding where to place a loved one requiring a high level of health and hygiene care.
Currently, Mason Point maintains an overall one out of five available stars in the national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues, two out of five stars for health concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Sullivan nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/05/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician in a timely manner of an abnormal urine culture.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Mason Point affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first recognized after review of the resident’s 08/02/2015 Facility Lab Report documenting that the resident had a “positive urinalysis and a positive urine culture and sensitivity test” revealing “bacterial organisms greater than 100,000 colonies per milliliter.” While the physician was faxed the report on 08/12/2015 revealing the resident was not being treated for the condition, the resident’s Facility Nurses Notes do not document the physician’s notification of the lab results between 07/31/2015 and 08/11/2015.
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 02/02/2016 who stated that “as soon as the floor nurse received [the resident’s lab results] it should have been faxed to the physician for orders to treat the urinary tract infection.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Necessary Care and Services to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being Is Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/05/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "notify the physician in a timely manner of an abnormal urine culture for [a resident at the facility.” This failure by the nursing staff “resulted in a 10-day delay in treatment” for urinary tract infection.
The state investigator noted the nursing staff’s failure to follow the facility’s 06/01/2012 policy titled Notification for Change in Resident’s Condition or Status that reads in part: “the facility and/or facility staff to properly notify appropriate individuals (i.e., Administrator, Director of Nursing, Physician, Guardian…) of changes in the resident’s medical/mental condition and/or status.”
Sullivan Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been victimized through abuse, mistreatment or negligence while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Mason Point, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can review the facts of your case to provide the best options for seeking the financial compensation you deserve. Our team of dedicated Moultrie County elder abuse lawyers can take appropriate measures to hold those responsible for your loved one’s damages legally accountable.
We encourage you to make contact with our Sullivan Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation full case review. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, nursing home abuse cases and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we negotiate an acceptable amount of compensation through an out of court settlement or win your financial award in front of a judge and jury.