Many Illinois nursing home residents have died prematurely due to the negligent actions of their caregivers. In many incidences, the administration and nursing staff failed to follow procedures, protocols, and policies that provide a safe and sterile environment. This is often due to overcrowded conditions, a lack of training or minimal staffing at facilities all throughout the state. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented families who of lost a loved one due to negligence, abuse or mistreatment in Illinois nursing facilities like North Adams Home.
North Adams Home
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ Center providing services and cares to residents of Mendon and Adams County, Illinois. The 92-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating Nursing Facility is located at:
2259 East 1100th Street
Mendon, IL 62351
The facility provides various special care and amenities including the Adams Home’s Special Care Unit (SCU), an extensive activities program and performance systems including speech/language, physical/occupational therapies along with:
- Fracture care
- Stroke care
- Total hip replacement care
- Total knee replacement care
- Care for individuals suffering weakness after a hospital stay
Mendon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Any family can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a comprehensive historical list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of every facility in the United States. The statistical information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, North Adams Home maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison rating system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Adams County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Policies and Care Planning That Resulted in the Strangulation Death of a Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/19/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the nursing home’s failure to “follow policies and care planning newly admitted residents, turning and positioning, side rail assessment, and restraints.”
The investigator noted that “these multiple failures resulted in [the resident] being left unattended for over four hours and found expired from strangulation while hanging over the side of the bed with a hospital gown around [the resident’s] throat and hooked to the side rail. These failures resulted in an Immediate Jeopardy.” The facility took actions to remove the Immediate Jeopardy, but as of the date of the complaint, the facility remained “out of compliance at a Severity Level II.”
The resident’s 08/24/2016 H & P (history and physical) documents the resident “is very weak [...and] continues to be short of breath… is alert and oriented [...and] range of motion to right shoulder is restricted due to right shoulder rotation cup injury on the left shoulder is normal.” The resident’s 08/25/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) notes that half side rails are for mobility.
A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) assisted in completing the resident’s admission paperwork and [met with the [the resident] to discuss care needs.” The LPN stated that the side rail assessment had been completed, however, verified that during the assessment [the resident] was not in bed but was sitting up in the recliner.”
The LPN stated that they asked the resident if they wanted side rails and [the resident] stated ‘yes’.” The LPN stated that the resident “wanted the side rails to help [them] move in bed because of weakness [...and] stated they did not assess the actual side rail for safety or the resident’s bed mobility.” The LPN also stated that the facility “just always uses half rails.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on the morning of 09/01/2016 who stated “the facility did not have a system in place to routinely audit the side rails [...and] stated side rails like [the resident’s were] removed (after the incident with [the resident]) because the top bar of the side rails had an overhang.” Investigator noted that the resident’s “medical record contained no documentation of informed consent for use of side rails” even though the facility’s 07/08/2009 Restraint Policy reads in part:
“Educate family, resident, (power of attorney) etc. to the use, side effects, etc. [of rails] and obtain informed consent.”
Mendon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one died prematurely while under the care of the nursing staff at North Adams Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our skilled Mendon attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We urge you to contact our Adams County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation comprehensive case review at no charge. 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.