Families often place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of health and hygiene care. Unfortunately, due to overcrowding, a lack of training or minimal staff, many residents are exposed to unnecessary injury and harm in an unsafe environment. Sadly, the Pittsfield elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents suffer needless harm or died prematurely due to the negligent or reckless actions of their caregivers.
Pittsfield Manor is an 89-certified-bed ‘not for profit” Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Pittsfield and Pike County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
610 Lowry St.
Pittsfield, IL 62363
Pittsfield Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families review online information updated by the federal government and the state of Illinois detailing all opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns and filed complaints of nursing facilities nationwide. Search engine results can be found on government sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Pittsfield Manor maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary comparative analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues, and two out of five stars for health inspections. Our Pittsfield Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- 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 06/09/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide safe transport of a resident in a wheelchair.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Pittsfield Manor affected one resident.
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 05/10/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident “requires the extensive assist of one-person physical assist [when] using a wheelchair for locomotion. The same MDS documents [that the resident] requires the extensive assistance of one person physical assist for transfers.”
The failure involved occurred in May 2016. A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated that “on Sunday before Memorial Day, at about 8:00 PM or later, [the resident] told me she had put the call light on earlier and [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] had come into the room and [the resident told the CNA that they] needed to be laid down. [The CNA] told her she would be right back because she was busy at the time.”
The resident then stated that “she waited an hour or more and she put the call light on again.” When the CNA returned she said she had forgotten and then transferred the resident to their wheelchair and “pushed him out of the room.” The Licensed Practical Nurse witnessed the Certified Nursing Assistant “pushing the mechanical lift which was pushing [the resident] in his wheelchair.” The LPN “ran out of the room and before [the LPN] could say anything, [the CNA] was turning [the resident’s] wheelchair into his room and he fell out of his wheelchair [...and] hit his head on his door.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 05/29/2016 Emergency Department hospital report the documents the resident was diagnosed with “abrasion to the right knee and elbow.”
An interview with the facility’s Administrator and Director of Nursing on the morning of 06/08/2016 it was revealed that the Certified Nursing Assistant “was no longer employed at the facility.” The Administrator also stated that “he did not have a policy specific for transport [...and] stated that she would not expect staff to transport a resident while also transporting mechanical lift equipment.”
- Failure to Provide Proper Urinary Incontinence Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/12/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide complete skin hygiene to prevent potential or urinary tract infections.”
The failure involved a review of a resident’s 10/20/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that documents that the resident is “cognitively impaired, frequently incontinent of the bladder, occasionally incontinent bowels, requires the extensive assist of two for toileting and ADL (activities of daily living), and is at risk for pressure ulcers.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) on the morning of 11/04/2015 assisting a resident with toileting. At the time, the resident’s “disposable briefs and pants were wet. After toileting [the resident, the CNAs] failed to perform skin hygiene on [the resident’s] genital and front thigh areas. In an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 11/04/2015, it was revealed that “the staff should perform complete skin hygiene on all incontinent residents.”
Pittsfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been harmed by abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Pittsfield Manor, or any Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can represent your family in filing a claim or lawsuit for financial compensation to ensure that it is successfully resolved.
Call our Pike County elder abuse law firm today to schedule your initial no-obligation case consultation free of charge. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront fees or retainers are required.