Staff members working at every Illinois nursing facility are required to follow procedures and protocols that protect patients from the spread of infection. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities failed to provide the nursing staff proper training and ongoing supervision / monitoring to ensure that these protocols are met. Substandard levels of care in providing hygiene assistance, wound care and procedures can be detrimental to the patient if those failures result in a decline of their medical condition or premature death. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers legal really represent Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered neglect, abuse, and mistreatment at skilled nursing homes like Meadows Mennonite Home.
Meadows Mennonite Home
This Nursing Home is a ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Center providing nursing services to residents of Chenoa and McLean County, Illinois. The 130-certified-bed Home is located at:
24588 Church Street
Chenoa, IL 61726
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers assisted and independent living options, speech, occupational physical therapies, and memory care.
Chenoa Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with complete details of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Meadows Mennonite Home maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare national rating system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The McLean County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols That Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey and noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that soiled gloves are removed before touching clean bandages and before touching environmental objects.” The deficient practice of the nursing staff affected three residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.” One incident involved a resident diagnosed with a diabetic ulcer on the right heel.
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse on the morning of 08/04/2016 changing a resident’s “dressing to his/her right heel with” the assistance of another Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). The LPN and charge remove the resident’s “soiled dressing, cleanse the wound and put a new dressing on per doctor orders. Wearing gloves, [the assisting LPN] cleansed the wound, replace the dressing (wearing soiled gloves) and then while wearing the same gloves put on [the resident’s] socks and adjusted [the resident’s] covers.” At that time, the LPN in charge “removed his/her gloves and wash his/her hands.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 06/19/2015 policy titled: Standard Precautions that reads in part:
“Gloves will be changed between contacts and when contaminated or between moving from dirty areas to clean areas.”
In addition, the investigator noted that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) provides guidance for the use of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment in a healthcare setting that documents “Think about environmental surfaces too and avoid unnecessarily touching them with contaminated gloves.”
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/13/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “provide dignity for six residents who are incontinent of bladder.” The state investigator noted that the six residents or each “wearing a urine-saturated incontinent garment, which leaked onto their outer clothing.”
In one incident, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) was observed helping a resident who “stood up from the dining room table at approximately 1:06 PM on 07/11/2016. The CNA “put a gait belt around [the resident] and walked [the resident] to his room [...and assisted the resident] into bed without taking [the resident] to the toilet.”
The investigator noted that the resident remained in their bed sleeping on 07/11/2016 and was observed at various intervals between 1:30 PM and 3:15 PM. “At 3:58 PM, approximately six hours after the last time the resident was toileted,” two certified nursing assistants “were in the bathroom with [the resident while the resident] was on the toilet… [with urine] soaked through [the resident’s] clothing that had to be changed.”
It was also noted that when the resident stood up there was “a significant amount of bowel movement on the back of the toilet seat and there was a strong odor of bowel movement in the room.”
Chenoa Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a patient at Meadows Mennonite Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Chenoa attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our McLean County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case consultation. No upfront fees are necessary because we accept all nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements.