Nursing home neglect is an unfortunate occurrence that happens in many facilities across the United States. In an effort to protect residents in nursing facilities, both federal and state government agencies enact and enforce laws that are designed to ensure that every resident receives the highest quality care. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who are victimized by the negligent actions of their caregivers.
While abuse and mistreatment in nursing homes are usually easy to detect, negligent actions by the nursing staff are not always obvious. Failing to provide a high level of health and medical care can produce catastrophic results by causing a decline in the resident’s health and quality of life. Failing to follow physician’s orders happens all too often in nursing facilities due to a lack of proper training, understaffing or outright negligence.
Often times, the nursing staff will fail to notify the Medical Director or physician of any significant change in the resident’s medical health. Other times, the staff will fail to provide the resident access to emergency medical treatment when required. Unnecessary sedation and medication errors can also constitute evidence of staff negligence in providing proper health care. Sometimes, serious injury occurs to the resident due to inadequate supervision, especially for residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease who are allowed to wander away from the facility leading to serious injury or death.
Medina Nursing Home
Medina Nursing Home is an 89-bed for-profit nursing Center participating in Medicare/Medicaid. The Winnebago County facility is located at:
402 S. Center St.
Durand, Illinois 61024
Medina Nursing Center offers long-term care with around the clock skilled nursing, independent apartments, transitional outpatient therapy, in-house dialysis, and respite care.
Winnebago County Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Routinely, federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies update their databases on nursing facilities nationwide and post the information on their website Medicare.gov. Currently, Medina Nursing Home maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared other nursing homes throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for health concerns, four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for staffing issues.
However, our Winnebago County nursing home neglect attorneys have found a safety concern at the facility:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Written Plan of Care by Qualified Individuals
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated 03/09/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "apply bilateral heel protection in accordance with the written Plan of Care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Medina Nursing Home affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first revealed at 7:40 AM on 03/09/2016 when two Certified Nursing Assistants transferred the resident “from the bed to the chair.” One Certified Nursing Assistant then moved the resident “into the hallway by the nurses’ station.” At that time, the resident “did not have heel protectors or braces on his feet.” sometime later at 10:35 AM, the resident “was sitting in the hallway by the nurses’ station [...and] did not have heel protectors or braces on his feet.”
Minutes later, the state investigator interviewed the facility’s Restorative Nurse at 10:48 AM who stated that “soft boot heel protectors are a preventative measure to reduce friction and prevent pressure sores [… stating that the resident’s] heel protectors, when used in the wheelchair, protect the resident from someone bumping into his feet and causing injury.”
The Restorative Nurse said that “we will put those on and ensure that the CNAs know that they are to be used.” Later that day at 11:25 AM, the Restorative Nurse stated: “we were not using the heel protectors when [the resident] was up in the wheelchair [...and] that the Care Plan lists the splints but not the heel protectors.” The facility’s Care Plan Coordinator also stated at 11:50 AM on 03/09/2016 that “the heel protectors should be in the Care Plan so the CNAs would know to use them.” The state investigator also noted that the resident’s Physician’s Orders involving heel protectors “was initiated on 10/07/2015” even though the resident’s 01/20/2016 Care Plan “does not address the use of heel protectors.”
Durand Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered serious injuries by the negligent actions of the nursing staff at Medina Nursing Home or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our aggressive team of dedicated Durand elder abuse attorneys can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve while holding those responsible for your harm legally accountable.
We encourage you to make contact with our Winnebago County nursing home abuse law firm by calling us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, elder abuse cases and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means you receive immediate legal services that are only paid after we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement or win your case in front of a judge and jury.