By law, if an Illinois nursing facility administers psychotropic medications to control a resident’s behaviors, the nursing staff must provide ongoing evaluations and an effective plan of care to determine if the drug can be reduced or eliminated over time. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide ongoing evaluations or develop effective interventions to redirect the resident’s unacceptable behavior and eliminate the need for psychotropic drugs. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many patients residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Pinckneyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center who have been unnecessarily prescribed antipsychotic drugs to control their aggressive behaviors.
Pinckneyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 60-certified-bed Center providing nursing services to residents of Pinckneyville and Perry County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Facility is located at:
708 Virginia Court
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Pinckneyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations on nationwide nursing homes can be reviewed from federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this info to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Pinckneyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating system. This includes 4 to 5 stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Perry County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous health violations and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/17/2015, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “identify triggers for behaviors, identify specific behaviors and develop behavioral interventions for [two residents] reviewed for psychotropic medication.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved an 88-year-old resident diagnosed with “dementia illness with associated behavioral symptoms” who receives psychotropic medications.
An observation of the resident was made just after noon on 02/11/2015 while he “was ambulating around the dining room in his wheelchair [...and] repeatedly attempting to rise from his wheelchair.” One and a half hours later, the resident “was again ambulating in the hallway and repeatedly attempting to rise from his chair.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 11/14/2014 Psychoactive Medication Quarterly Evaluation that revealed the resident’s behaviors warranted “the use of [psychotropic medications due to] agitation, constantly saying ‘help me, help me’, restlessness, not sleeping, wanting to get up.”
The resident’s February 2015 Care Plan/Behavior Tracking Record under the Problem Statement Category indicated “Resident Curses at Staff. The investigator noted that the Goal area was left blank and that interventions included: “Re-direct; Explain not wanting him to fall and hurt himself.”
While the December 2014 and January / February 2015 Behavior Tracking Records direct the staff to “Offer Activity”, they “do not include any suggestions for appropriate activities to be implemented for [the resident], and failed to specify if an activity was used to reduce behaviors, and what the activity was.” In addition, the records “do not include triggers for [the resident’s] behaviors.”
The investigator interviewed a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) who provided care to the resident. The CNA stated that the resident “enjoys going to the big window in the dining room and watching the children across the street.” The resident’s 09/18/2014 Interdisciplinary Care Plan indicated that the resident “likes to fold laundry.” However, the investigator noted that “this information is not included on either the Care Plan/Behavior Tracking Records [or] Interdisciplinary Care Plan.
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, an Illinois state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “prevent access to potentially hazardous compounds.” The failure by the nursing staff and employees at the facility affected three residents.
Observations were made on the mornings of 07/27/2016 and 07/28/2016 when a “shampoo bottle was left open with the lid laying next to it on the floor in the shower stall in the Spa Room in C Hall with no employees in the room.”
The investigator interviewed the Director of Nursing who stated “it is not a safe practice to leave open shampoo containers unattended.” The Director also provided “a list of ambulatory, confused residents in the facility that might have access to these compounds.”
Pinckneyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm while a patient at Pinckneyville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our skilled Pinckneyville attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim case involving mistreatment or abuse and hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Perry County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive claim review. No upfront fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your family’s behalf.