Any fall that occurs to an Illinois nursing home resident has the potential to cause serious harm or a life-threatening change in their medical condition. Because of that, the nursing staff must follow procedures and protocols in accordance with the patient’s Plan of Care, which often includes the use of a gait belt to provide stability when the resident is ambulatory or being transferred from their bed to a wheelchair. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center who were injured in falls due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center
This facility is a 60-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Piper City and Ford County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Nursing Center is located at:
600 Maple Street
Piper City, IL 60959
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Piper City Rehab and Living Center provides 24/7 skilled nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s care and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Piper City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating system. 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. The Ford County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility including:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/10/2016, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure resident supervision during the release of a physical waist restraint, resulting in a fall requiring four sutures.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff applied to one resident “reviewed for falls with injury.”
The resident’s 01/25/2016 Physician Communication Progress Note for New Symptoms, Signs and Other Changes in Condition revealed that the resident “was observed to have fallen out of her wheelchair in the dining room [...and] hit the left side of her head and sustained bleeding.”
The resident’s 01/25/2016 Nurses’ Note states that the resident “was observed on the floor on her left side. Bleeding was noted to her left temple. The physician was notified and [the resident] was transferred to the hospital.” According to the resident’s 10:00 PM, 01/25/2016 Progress Notes, the resident “returned to the facility with stitches intact. New orders were received and noted for antibiotic therapy due to the diagnosis of a sinus infection.”
According to the Licensed Practical Nurse providing her care on the afternoon of 02/09/2016, the resident “had four sutures to her left eyebrow area [...and the LPN] removed the sutures from [the resident’s] left eyebrow area, on a later date.” The Social Services Director stated on 02/09/2016 that when the resident had a fall on 01/25/2016, it was “not witnessed by staff.”
The Administrator at the facility stated that a Certified Nursing Assistant had removed the resident’s “waist restraint and left [the resident] unsupervised in the dining room.” The resident’s physician stated that the resident “is a fall risk [...and] that the use of a waist restraint was intended for [the resident’s] safety and [the resident’s] fall risk status was the reason for the intervention of a waist restraint.”
The CNA providing the resident care at 12:10 PM on 02/09/2016 stated that on that date, the resident “was in the dining room [...and] their waist restraint was released [while the resident] was being assisted with lunch by [the CNA].” The Certified Nursing Assistant also stated that the resident’s “waist restraint is released every two hours and at meals [...and] staff must stay near [the resident] when the restraint is released.”
The physician stated that the resident’s “fall, resulting in sutures, could have been prevented if [the resident] was utilizing the waist restraint.” The investigator reviewed the facility’s 08/18/2011 Physical Restraint Policy and noted that the policy “does not address resident supervision during restraint release.”
Piper City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has suffered injury or harm while a patient at Piper City Rehabilitation and Living Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our reputable Illinois attorneys have legally represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Ford County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your complimentary, comprehensive case evaluation. Our seasoned Piper City attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated, neglected or abused. Our seasoned team has years of experience in successfully resolving complex legal claims for compensation against caregivers and other residents who harm nursing home patients.