Facility-acquired bedsores are serious problem in Illinois nursing facilities because every pressure sore (bedsore; pressure wound; decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer) is preventable if the nursing staff follows established protocols including repositioning and proper wound care. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these established procedures, which can be detrimental or even fatal to the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Nature Trail Healthcare Center who have suffered life-threatening preventable bedsores.
Nature Trail Healthcare Center
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Nursing Facility providing nursing services to residents of Mount Vernon and Jefferson County, Illinois. The 74-certified-bed Nursing Home is located at:
1001 South 34th Street
Mount Vernon, IL 62864
As a part of the Sava Senior Care Community, Nature Trail Health Care Center provides a variety of services including skilled nursing care, wound care, respite care, hospice care, long-term and short-term along with physical therapy, occupational and speech therapies.
Mount Vernon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. This data provides valuable content to make a decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Nature Trail Healthcare Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison rating system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Jefferson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/01/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice concerning the nursing home’s failure to “follow the resident’s Care Plan, manufacturer guidelines, policy and procedures and physician’s orders/recommendations to prevent pressure ulcers or the deterioration of pressure ulcers.” The deficient practice affected one resident.
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving the observation of a resident at 10:35 AM on 06/29/2016 at 11:20 AM when the resident “was in the dining room at the table in his wheelchair with his eyes closed and his head forward.” A Certified Nursing Assistant(CNA) who worked with the resident was questioned if the resident “had been to better was going to bed.” The CNA stated that the resident “had not been to bed yet but he wouldn’t be going to bed this morning because it was almost lunchtime now and there really wasn’t enough time to lay him down.”
On 06/30/2016 at 11:45 AM, the CNA stated that “they usually put [the resident] to bed like this after meals because he was only down in bed for a short period, usually only an hour.” The CNA “confirmed she was the regular CNA for [the resident] on the day shift.”
At 1:30 PM, the resident was found to be “in bed on his LAL (low air loss mattress] and between the resident and the mattress was a fitted sheet, flat sheet folded in half, blanket and two cloth incontinent pads and the LAL mattress was set on static, not alternating pressure.”
At 2:00 PM that same day, a Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care stated that the resident “should not have multiple layers on his LAL (low air loss mattress) and should be laid down after all meals.”
The following day at 12:15 PM, the manufacturer representative for the low air loss mattress stated “there should not be multiple layers of padding between the resident and the mattress of the LAL mattress or it defeats the purpose and can be even more detrimental to the resident because it actually makes the mattress harder rather than softer [...and] if the resident is on the LAL mattress for a pressure area, it should be put on alternating pressure not static.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Weekly Pressure Ulcer Log for 06/20/2016 that noted that the resident pressure ulcer was “facility-acquired.” The investigator noted that according to the 06/23/2016 Doctors Progress Note revealed a recommendation “to frequently be repositioned to reduce pressure to the affected area and low air loss mattress.” The pressure ulcer Record indicated that the resident had a right buttock Stage III pressure ulcer measuring 5.4 centimeters by 4.2 centimeters by 0.5 centimeters and indicated that the area was deteriorated.
Mount Vernon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injury or harm while living at Nature Trail Healthcare Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our reputable Mount Vernon attorneys have represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We urge you to contact our Jefferson County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.