Every incident or allegation of abuse occurring in an Illinois nursing home must be reported to the facility Administrator and to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Any failure to do so violates state and federal law. Unfortunately, not all nursing staff are properly trained on how to identify and report any bruising or injury of unknown origin, which could be harmful to the health and well-being of patients. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent abused and injured residents of Illinois nursing facilities like McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center to ensure their rights are protected.
McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ Center providing nursing services to residents of McLeansboro and Hamilton County, Illinois. The 43-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility is located at:
405 West Carpenter
Mcleansboro, IL 62859
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center offers nursing care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care, memory care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
McLeansboro Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that Illinois families are fully informed of the level of health and hygiene care provided at nursing homes in their community, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their comprehensive list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility to ensure they receive the highest level of care.
Currently, McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison system. This includes five out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Hamilton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services That Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/05/2014, a notation by a state investigator when performing an annual licensure and certification survey made reference to the facility’s failure to “clean equipment between residents use to clean the medication container. [This deficient practice] has the potential to affect all 23 residents living the facility.”
The serious failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an observation was made of the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) during a medication pass on the morning of 06/02/2014 who “took a pill splitter from the top drawer the medication cart and placed it on the top of the medication cart.” After splitting the pills, it was noted that “the pill splitter was not clean before or after it was used.” As a part of the investigation, a review of the resident’s medical record help to determine that the resident has allergies to some medications that could have been compromised because the LPN failed to clean the splitter before and after use.
An observation was made on the morning of 06/02/2014 of a Registered Nurse “during blood sugar monitoring, the blood monitor and lancet container from the bottom drawer the medication cart was placed on the resident’s bed without a barrier. The box was then placed on top of the medication cart without being cleaned.”
- Failure to Investigate or Report Allegations or Incidences Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/11/2013, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure staff immediately report to their Administrator and Illinois Department of Public Health a possible [case of] resident abuse as required by state law.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involve a 02/24/2013 Incident Report documenting that a resident “was noted to have an upper right eyelid bruising at 2:45 AM on 02/23/2013.”
A review of the facility’s 02/25/2013 Five Day Alleged Abuse/Neglect IDPH Report revealed that the Facility Administrator/Abuse Coordinator “became aware of the bruise at 10:26 PM on 02/23/2013.” However, nearly eight hours had elapsed from the time the bruise of unknown origin was first identified until the time that the Administrator wasn’t made aware of the potential abuse. The investigator noted that “the facility’s failure to ensure staff immediately report suspicious bruising was confirmed by [the Administrator] 4:00 PM on 04/09/2013.”
McLeansboro Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at McLeansboro Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our dedicated McLeansboro attorneys represent clients with victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our lawyers can help your family successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Hamilton County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services in your financial compensation claim. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial.