In nursing facilities is not an uncommon occurrence that when negligence or mistreatment occurs it results in injury to the nursing home resident. Statistics released by the United States Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reveal that safety violations are a leading cause of nursing home injuries caused by falls or exposure to hazardous conditions. Unfortunately, the Paxton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld injury lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who are suffered serious slip and fall accidents leading to catastrophic results.
The most common types of dangerous hazards and nursing environments include:
- Broken banisters and support handrails
- Uneven or cracked flooring
- Unrepaired plumbing leaks
- Insufficient lighting
- Loose carpeting, wiring or flooring materials
- Cluttered hallways that block foot traffic
Paxton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is a for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating 76-certified bed facility providing services to residents of Paxton and Ford County, Illinois. The center is located at:
1240 N. Market St.
Paxton, Illinois 60957
Paxton Healthcare and rehabilitation Center offers extensive services which include:
- Bariatric Care
- IV Therapy (TPN) Care
- Hospice Care
- Post-Hospitalization Care
- Cardiac Care
- Extensive Rehab: Physical, Occupational, Speech
- Psychological Disorders
- Specialized Dementia Program
- Pain Management
- Wound Management Team
- Respiratory/Bi-Pap/C-Pap Management
On a regular basis, the state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies update their online databases detailing opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations in facilities nationwide. The updated information can be found numerous online sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Paxton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available stars in the national online star rating summary system compared to other facilities throughout the United States. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and one out of five stars for health concerns. Our Paxton nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and to Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/10/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "ensure that post-fall interventions were implemented for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Paxton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center resulted in the resident sustaining “a fall on 06/11/2015 that resulted in [the resident] receiving a laceration on the left brow requiring sutures.”
In a separate notation, the state investigator detailed the facility’s failure “to maintain an exit door alarm as design, having the potential for unwitnessed resident exit from the facility, injury, and exposure. This failure has the potential to affect seven residents at Paxton Healthcare Rehabilitation Center.” The state investigator conducted a 07/10/2015 12:57 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses who indicated “the alarm was on [the resident] but was not ‘turned on’.”
The investigator noted that on 06/11/2015, the facility’s Licensed Nurse Initial Incident Investigation Report revealed that a resident was “attempting to get out to the recliner. [The] alarm was on [the resident] and not alarming when [the resident was] found on the floor. The updated 06/12/2015 Investigation Follow-up Facility Form stated that the root cause of the fall was when the resident “trying to transfer self and fell [when the alarm did not sound]. The same form lists new interventions as alarm check and staff educated on checking of alarms and that they should be checked at rounds.
- Failure to Provide Protection to Residents by Firmly Securing Handrails to Each Side of the Hallway
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/10/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain quarter handrails securely attached to the walls. This failure has the potential to affect six residents [at the facility].”
The state investigator noted that upon observation of the facility, occurring at 9:00 AM on July 2015, “two sections of handrail were loose and easily movable in the Southwest hall and one section of [the] handrail was loose and easily movable next to the conference room in the east central hall.” At that time, the Maintenance Assistant stated that “the screws are pulling out of the wall.”
As a part of the investigation, the facility’s 07/09/2015 Self-Identified Roster documented that 36 residents are independently mobile either in a wheelchair or are ambulatory.
If you suspect your loved one is suffered from mistreatment, abuse or neglect while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Paxton Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can perform a comprehensive investigation into the neglectful misconduct of the nursing staff. Our Ford County elder abuse attorneys can provide a variety of legal options after a free no obligation consultation.
We encourage you to contact our Paxton nursing home abuse law firm by calling (888) 424-5757. Through contingency fee arrangements, you are not charge any payment for our legal services until we recover your award at trial in front of a judge and jury or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.