Any fall occurring to an Illinois nursing home patient could negatively impact their medical condition and cause their premature death. Because of that, Illinois and federal nursing home regulations require that facilities develop effective Plans of Care and interventions to prevent the patient from falling. Unfortunately, many facilities are understaffed, overcrowded or failed to adequately train the nursing staff to follow these procedures, which can be detrimental to the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Momence Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who have fallen due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Momence Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 140-certified-bed Nursing Center providing nursing services to residents of Momence and Momence County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Home is located at:
500 South Walnut
Momence, IL 60954
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- IV therapy
- Hospice care
- Enteral feeding
- Colostomy care
- Central Lines
- Cardiac pacemaker monitoring
- Audiology services
- Nebulizer treatments
- Podiatry services
- Respiratory therapy
- Nasal, oral and pharyngeal suctioning
- Tracheostomy care
- Therapeutic diets
- Post-operative and pressure ulcer treatment wound care
- Occupational, physical & speech/language therapies
Momence Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Momence Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison system. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections. The Momence County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/27/2016, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “implement fall prevention interventions and safety measures for residents with a history of falling.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff applied to one resident.
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of a resident’s Incident Log report showing that the resident experienced “a fall occurrence on 03/09/2016 at 5:48 PM, 03/29/2016 at 6:13 PM and 03/31/2016 at 3:08 PM.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 05/24/2016 who stated that the resident “is very impulsive and is at risk for falls.” The Director also stated the resident “will try to put himself to bed from the wheelchair, or from the bed to the wheelchair [...will] stand, but is unsteady on his feet.”
An observation was made of the resident in the late afternoon of 05/24/2016 who was “observed sitting in a wheelchair by his bed and staff was not present in the room.” At that time, the resident “Pulling on his bed side rail, trying to pull himself up out of his wheelchair.” A nurse aide “was passing in the hallway and was asked to assist [the resident].” The aide stated that the resident “frequently would get away from the staff [who were] attempting to keep him busy in the dining room [...and] stated that [the resident] should not be left alone in his room, because [the resident] will try to pull himself out of his wheelchair into bed by using his side rails.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols When Providing Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "assess a non-ambulatory, totally dependent resident for the possible need for continued anticoagulant therapy.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to contact the resident’s physician to inform him of the discontinuation of the anticoagulant [...and] failed to obtain physician order/instructions for removal of staples from multiple surgical sites for one resident.”
An interview was conducted with the resident’s physician on 03/17/2016 who stated during the interview “that he would have expected nurses to contact him to inform him when [the resident’s anticoagulant medication order had] expired” and that the resident did not have any current prophylactic anticoagulant ordered especially as the resident is non-weight-bearing, non-ambulatory and totally dependent on the staff for care.”
When interviewed that day, the physician “was also unaware that [the resident’s] staples had not been removed within 14 days, having been in place from his admission on 02/02/2016 until 03/02/2016.”
Momence Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your parent, grandparent or spouse suffered abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at Momence Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our reputable Illinois attorneys provide legal representation to victims of abuse, neglect, and mistreatment.
We encourage you to contact our Kankakee County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive claim evaluation at no charge to you. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.