Highly contagious diseases including Clostridium difficile are common serious problems occurring in Illinois nursing facilities. Because of that, the nursing staff and housekeepers are required to follow specific procedures and guidelines as outlined by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these protocols and guidelines, which can place the health and well-being of every resident in Immediate Jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered serious harm from preventable infections while residing at skilled nursing homes like Oak Hill.
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Waterloo and Monroe County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted 131-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
623 Hamacher Street
Waterloo, IL 62298
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers senior living apartment options, short-term rehabilitation and memory care.
Waterloo Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can obtain a historical list of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every facility nationwide on sites including Medicare.gov. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Oak Hill maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national Medicare summary system. This includes five out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections and three out of five stars for staffing issues. The Monroe County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/15/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice of the nursing home’s failure to “follow contact isolation protocols for residents with Clostridium difficile (C. diff). This has the potential to affect… six residents reviewed for infection control on the Alzheimer’s unit.”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 07/11/2016 Stool Exam for C. diff that showed that the resident “is positive for C. diff in the stool.” The resident’s 07/07/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documents of the resident is “to be on contact isolation for C. diff.”
The state investigator conducted an initial tour of the facility at 9:15 AM on 07/12/2016 with the facility’s Unit Director who stated “the Whispering Pine unit is the locked Alzheimer’s unit at the facility [...and] that they only had one resident on isolation for C. diff infection.”
Approximately twenty minutes later, an observation was made of the resident in isolation “in her room and there was a ‘Stop. Please report to the nurse before entering’ sign on the door and an isolation cart parked inside the doorway next to the bathroom.”
However, at 12:58 PM on 07/13/2016, the housekeeping staff stated “she is permanently assigned to the Locked unit [...and] there is one isolation room for C. diff infection and she knew it was for [that resident].” The housekeeper stated that she cleans the resident’s room every day, and uses “a spray disinfectant she called RTU Disinfectant 311 which kills everything.” The housekeeper stated she did not know if the disinfectant has bleach in it [...and] she cleans all surfaces in the [the resident’s] room with it [...and] showed the disinfectant spray bottle she uses for [the resident’s] room. The housekeeper also stated that she uses “Neutral Floor Cleaner to clean the floor in [the resident’s] room with a mop she uses only for that room.”
A different member of the housekeeping staff stated 07/14/2015 that “she works only at the locked unit and is aware there is one isolation room for infection of the stool.” The staff member also stated “she uses an antibacterial disinfectant called RTU Disinfectant 311 for all surfaces and Neutral Floor Cleaner to clean the floor of the C. diff isolation room [...and] stated they are not allowed to use bleach to clean the residence rooms.”
The material safety data sheet for RTU Disinfectant 311 and Neutral Floor Cleaner was a part of the investigation. “Both did not contain bleach.” It was also noted by the investigator that the CDC (Centers for Disease Control Guidelines dated 2007 documents that:
“Certain pathogens [including C. diff] may be resistant to some routinely use hospital disinfectants [...and] Clostridium difficile may display increased levels for production when exposed to non-chlorine-based cleaning agents and the spores are more resistant than vegetative cells to commonly used surface disinfectants.”
Waterloo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one was harmed by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at Oak Hill, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Allow our reputable Waterloo attorneys to handle every aspect of your claims for compensation against every individual an entity that caused harm to your loved one. Our years of experience in handling nursing home and medical malpractice recompense claims can ensure a successful resolution of your case.
We urge you to contact our Monroe 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. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.