Any change in a resident’s condition must be reported to the patient’s physician immediately to ensure that the patient receives the highest level of medical care and treatment. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow this procedure and protocol, which can be extremely detrimental to the patient’s health. In some situations, the resident must endure pain and discomfort or a decline in their health, where the nursing staff waits to take appropriate measures only one in a life-threatening condition occurs. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent Illinois nursing home patients who have been seriously harmed by their caregivers while at skilled nursing facilities like Mount Vernon Countryside Manor.
Mount Vernon Countryside Manor
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Nursing Facility providing cares and services to residents of Mount Vernon and Jefferson County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating 91-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
606 East Illinois Hwy 15
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
In addition to providing personalized skilled nursing care, the facility also offers respiratory therapy, physical, speech and occupational therapies along with nursing assistance with activities of daily living.
Mount Vernon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
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 opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility in the US.
Currently, Mount Vernon Countryside Manor maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare rating system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, staffing concerns and quality measures. The Jefferson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Failure to Notify the Resident’s Physician in a Timely Manner
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/30/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "provide a safe environment during transfer” of a resident. The failure involved a resident diagnosed with “aphasia, right cerebrovascular accident with hemiplegia, osteoporosis, and possible transit ischemic attacks.” Interventions found in the resident’s 10/20/2014 Care Plan “include using a gait belt for transfers and toileting.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the resident’s 12/23/2015 Nurses Notes documenting that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “reported a pop sound when putting the resident to bed. At this time, the nurse’s notes document assessing [the resident’s] passive range of motion of the right arm and shoulder and the resident did not complain of pain and there was no swelling or redness noted.”
However, the resident’s 12/26/2015 Nurses Notes documents that the resident’s “shoulder is warm and swollen. At this time, [the resident] denies pain but pushes the nurse away during the assessment of his arm and shoulder.” Three days later at 1:45 PM on 12/29/2015, the Social Services Director at the facility stated, “it is difficult to communicate with [the resident who] is not able to correctly answer questions and [their] cognition is not accurate.
At noon on 12/29/2015, the Administrator stated that the resident “was sent to the Emergency Room on 12/26/2015 and went on to say [that both Certified Nursing Aides] transferred the resident from the bed to the wheelchair without the use of a gait belt [...and] stated it was during this transfer that the CNAs heard a loud pop sound from his shoulder.
The 12/26/2015 Emergency Record documents that the resident had “Right Shoulder Pain and Closed Traumatic Displaced Fracture of the Proximal End of the Right Humerus with Non-union.”
The resident’s physician was interviewed on the morning of 12/30/2015 and stated: “she was concerned because she was not notified of this incident on 12/24/2015 and the popping noise was not investigated for two days until the arm/shoulder was swollen and red.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report Incidences or Allegation Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/19/2015, an Illinois state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “check the licensing authority prior to hiring three licensed nurses” as a part of the pre-employment screening process.
The Director of Nursing interviewed on the afternoon of 11/16/2015 stated in regards to one incident that a Registered Nurse “was currently employed at another facility and presented her with an active nursing license so she [the Director] did not check [the Registered Nurse’s] license status with the Department of Professional Regulation.
Mount Vernon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one is suffered abuse or mistreatment while residing as a patient at Mount Vernon Countryside Manor, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our skilled Mount Vernon attorneys can successfully resolve your victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Jefferson County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means all payments for our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case in a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.