Anytime there is an allegation of abuse or mistreatment in a nursing facility, the Administrator and nursing staff must follow specific procedures and protocols. This includes removing the alleged perpetrator from the premises to avoid any additional abuse or harm to the patient. Unfortunately, not every facility follows these procedures and instead make an internal decision over which allegations have validity and those deemed to be false. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Meridian Village Care Center who have been repeatedly abused by those in charge of providing them care.
Median Village Care Center
This facility is a “not for profit” 70-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-accepted nursing home providing services to residents of Glen Carbon and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
27 Auerbach Pl.
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
In addition to providing skilled nursing, the facility also offers independent living options, short stay care, assisted living care, and memory care assisted living.
Glen Carbon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Meridian Village Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available stars rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of four stars for staffing and three out of three stars for health inspections. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that involve:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Allegations of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "report allegations of abuse immediately to the Department and failed to complete an abuse investigation.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff and Administrator at the facility failed to follow established procedures and protocols enforced by the State Agency.
Findings by the state investigator included a 6:05 AM, 09/04/2015 Incident Details Report noting that a resident stated “they were trying to get me dressed and changed and to get me out of bed and [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) hit me in the left arm, so I hit her in the stomach.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator who stated at 8:47 AM on 10/29/2015 that “I did not report this incident to the State or perform a fall investigation. There were two [Certified Nursing Assistants] in the room and statements were taken from staff. No staff was suspended but [the CNA] who was accused of hitting [the resident] did not return to work until two days later. By then the statement had been retracted by the resident.”
The Director of Nursing was also interviewed at 9:40 AM on the same day and revealed “no statements were taken from [the Certified Nursing Assistant] regarding the accusation. Only [the other Certified Nursing Assistant’s] statement was on file for review.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies regarding Abuse and Neglect of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “operationalize their abuse policy for reporting allegations of abuse immediately to the Department [and failure to] complete an abuse investigation.”
The findings of the state investigator included a review of the revised 05/04/2013 Policy on Abuse that reads in part:
“Investigation: any allegation of abuse or neglect involving an employee, that individual will be suspended from duty until the investigation is completed. An allegation of abuse, neglect… will be reported by the Administrator or designee of the community to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) immediately once becoming aware of the incident. The administration will make a determination regarding the outcome of the investigation and actions if any to be taken. This report will be sent to the IDPH in a follow-up to the initial report.”
- Failure to Follow Protocols When Providing Antipsychotic Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "conduct resident specific behavior tracking and document the medical diagnosis to justify the use of antipsychotic medications.”
The state investigator noted a resident’s use of an antipsychotic medication (Seroquel) from a diagnosis, in part, of major depression and unspecified psychosis. However, the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) documents a psychiatric consult was ordered with a psychiatrist, but, “there was no consult from [the psychiatrist] in the resident’s clinical record as of 10/30/2015.”
Glen Carbon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been physically, verbally, mentally or emotionally assaulted by caregivers or other residents at Meridian Village Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today at (888) 424-5757. Our Illinois nursing home abuse law firm can handle the entire process of obtaining financial compensation for your loved one’s damages. No upfront payments are required for legal representation. We handle all nursing home abuse/neglect cases through contingency fee agreements.