Any spread of infection in an Illinois nursing home could compromise the health, well-being and medical condition of any patient in the facility. Because of that, the nursing staff, housekeepers, and other employees are required to follow established procedures and protocols and minimizing exposure to viruses, bacteria, infections and contaminants. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to provide the staff adequate training and ongoing supervision to ensure that these protocols are met. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent mistreated residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Park Pointe Health Care and Rehabilitation Center who have suffered harm from unnecessary exposure to infections.
Park Pointe Health Care and Rehabilitation Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 142-certified-bed Nursing Facility providing cares and services to residents of Morris and Grundy County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating Home is located at:
1223 Edgewater Drive
Morris, IL 60450
Morris Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations on nationwide nursing homes can be viewed from state and federal database sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires a high level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, Park Pointe Health Care and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staffing concerns, and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Grundy County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/29/2015, a notation by a state investigator detailed the facility’s failure to “ensure proper protective equipment (PPE) are worn when caring for residents on isolation.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to perform hand hygiene between patient care [and a failure to] prevent contamination of residents’ items in isolation rooms. The deficient practice involved one resident “observed for infection control.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after observing a resident at 11:20 AM on 10/26/2015. At that time, a Registered Nurse “was observed in [the resident’s] restroom without wearing PPE.” According to the resident’s 09/06/2015 Care Plan, the resident “requires contact isolation due to Clostridium difficile (C. diff)” a highly contagious disease that can easily spread between patients, visitors, the nursing staff and other employees.
The nurse was observed “coming out of [the resident’s] room without performing hand washing [...and] then opened the medication cart, removed the blood glucose monitor and the disinfectant wipe container and brought the equipment into [the resident’s] room.”
After completing the resident’s “blood glucose check, [the Nurse] wrapped the blood glucose monitor was some disinfectant wipes in late the blood glucose monitor on top of [the resident’s] wash hand basin [...and] then laid the disinfectant white container on top of [the resident’s] toilet water tank.”
The Nurse was also observed performing “hand washing”, before coming “out of the room again to draw on insulin injection for [the resident].” The nurse then “administered the insulin injection to [the resident] and laid the insulin injection pen on [the resident’s] toilet water tank without any barrier.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 06/28/2011 Precautions Policy titled: Infection Control – Isolation under Categories of Transmission that reads in part:
“During contact precautions in addition to wearing gloves as outlined under standard precautions, wear gloves [that are] clean, non-sterile when having any contact with the environment or the patient in the room.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2015, the state investigator then noted the facility’s failure “ensure soiled linens were kept off the floors.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for incontinence.”
An observation was made on the morning of 08/05/2015 where “soiled sheets with a year and older and yellowish/brown stain were on the floor in front of [the resident’s] clothing cabinet.” The investigator noted that the resident’s roommate stated “[the resident] always throws dirty close and sheets on the floor. Sometimes staff does also. There were dirty clothes on the floor on that side of the room for two days just last week. The clothes stink with urine smell.”
Morris Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your parent, grandparent, spouse or loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect while residing at Park Pointe Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our skilled Morris attorneys can successfully file and resolve your abuse, neglect or mistreatment case that caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Grundy County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.