Insufficient staffing, overcrowded conditions and a lack of proper maintenance are major long-standing concerns at many nursing facilities in Illinois. In fact, studies conducted by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that negligent caregiving occurring in nursing homes nationwide cause accidents that could have been prevented had the nursing staff, Administrator and employees at followed established protocols and procedures in providing residents a safe environment. Unfortunately, the Piper City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the nursing home victim suffered needlessly because of the disregard by the nursing home.
Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center
Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center is a 60-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved for profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Piper City and Ford County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
600 Maple St.
Piper City, IL 60959
The facility is part of the Peterson Health Care System. In addition to providing nursing services, the center also offers Alzheimer’s care, memory care, and their Pathways rehabilitation program.
Piper City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to ensure that Illinois residents remain fully informed of the history of opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns of nursing homes nationwide, the federal government and state routinely update their nursing home database systems. The updated information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system and comparative analysis tool. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Piper City nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "implement preventative fall interventions.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement post-fall interventions to prevent falling reoccurrence for two residents… reviewed for falls.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Piper City Rehab was first noted at 10:20 AM on 09/15/2015 while a resident “sat in a wheelchair with an orthopedic boot to the left lower foot.” At that time, the resident stated that “the boot was applied on 09/14/2015 because of an injury incurred after a fall [...and] stated he fell in the bathroom when transferring independently from the toilet back to the wheelchair because the wheelchair wasn’t close enough.” The resident also stated that “he did require staff assistance to transfer until the last fall.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s June 2015 Fall Analysis Log the documents that the resident had an incident that occurred on 06/08/2015. The facility’s Director of Nursing stated that on “06/08/2015 [the resident] was found sitting on the bathroom floor after transferring without assistance and missed the wheelchair [...and] stated the root cause of the fall was [the resident] refusing to ask for help.” Additionally, the Director stated that on “10/29/2015 [the resident] was found on the floor of the bathroom by the toilet [...and] stated the root cause of [the resident’s] fall on [that day] was weakness and not asking for staff assistance.”
While the Director stated that the resident was re-educated, they also “confirmed no interventions were placed in September prior to [the resident’s] fall on 09/12/2015 to address [the resident’s] compliance with safety and safe transfers related to weakness except re-education after [that fall].”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure secured toilet seats for [3 residents at the facility].” As a part of the investigation, a review of the facility’s “Quarterly Review (Safety) for May, June and July 2015 documents new toilet seats need ordered and replaced. Documentation does not include specific rooms.” A review of the August 2015 safety meeting checklist does not document any toilet seat issues.
In addition, by 09/09/2015 and 09/10/2015, the Maintenance Director noted that toilet seats in multiple rooms were loose and “moving side to side.” One resident at the facility stated that “when I sat down, the seat shifted and pinched me.”
Piper City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured due to negligence, abuse or mistreatment of the employees at any Illinois nursing facility including Piper City Rehab, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can handle the process of obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves for your loved one’s injuries.
We encourage you to contact our Ford County elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation free of charge. No upfront fees or retainers are required because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. We are only paid for our legal services once we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have won your case at trial.