Riverside Miller Rehabilitation
By law, the staff at Illinois nursing homes are required to notify a physician immediately of any change or decline in their patient’s condition to ensure they receive the highest level of medical treatment. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide a level of training to ensure that these notifications are made, which are often detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Miller Healthcare Center who have suffered needlessly through the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Miller Healthcare Center
This facility is a 120-certified-bed Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Kankakee and Kankakee County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating ‘for-profit’ Nursing Center is located at:
1601 Butterfield Trail
Kankakee, IL 60901
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, the Riverside Senior Life Communities associated facility also offers memory care, assisted living and independent living options, and the Miller Rehabilitation Program.
Kankakee Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide their patients, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. This data provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Miller Healthcare Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Kankakee County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/30/2015, a state survey team opened the complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "transfer one resident in accordance with a recommended number of staff [members] in order to provide a safe transfer. This failure involved one 80-year-old male resident admitted to the facility for rehabilitation after hospitalization.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 01/11/2015 Resident Care Guide (Care Plan) that revealed that the resident “transfers with a one [staff member] to assist, extensive assist weight-bearing support.” However, the resident’s 01/12/2015 Staffing Form completed by the therapy staff documented that the resident is a “maximum assist [requiring] two people for transfers, both sit-to-stand and bed-to-chair.”
An observation was made of a therapist transferring the resident without assistance. The resident’s 01/14/2015 Incident Report documented that “during the transfer from the mat table to the chair, [the therapist] was assisting the resident with a stand-pivot transfer. While assisting [the resident] to stand, there was an audible ‘crack’ in [the resident’s] back.”
The therapist sat the resident “back down on the mat” where the resident said “he was okay. Another attempt at transfer was made, which was successful and no complaint of pain during or after the transfer.” However, later that day, the resident “refused therapy because of pain in his mid-back [...and] was then transferred to the hospital for evaluation.”
- Failure to Follow Wound Care Protocols and Notify the Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/24/2014, a state surveyor opened a formal complaint against the facility for its failure to “provide nursing services by not assessing and monitoring [the resident’s] right foot vascular wound until day five after admission to the facility.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to obtain timely wound care evaluation and medical intervention and to notify the physician of a decline in the wound status. The facility also failed to follow their wound management protocol.”
The state investigator noted that the failures by the nursing staff involving a resident’s wound care caused their wound status to decline. In addition, the resident’s “right foot vascular wound developed necrotic [dead] tissue over 60% of the wound surface and required surgical intervention to remove the necrotic tissue.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on the morning of 01/15/2015 along with the Director of Nurses who stated that “the facility wound care team consist of [a wound certified Physical Therapist], Wound Nurse and Wound Certified Psychiatrist.”
Kankakee Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered from abuse or mistreatment while residing as a patient at Miller Healthcare Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Kankakee team of knowledgeable attorneys provide families and nursing home residents the legal representation they require in victim cases to ensure that their claims for compensation are successfully resolved.
We encourage you to contact our Kankakee County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive case consultation. You are not required to make any upfront payment to receive immediate legal services. 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.