Nearly every bedsore (pressure sore; pressure wound; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer), is preventable and treatable. Many nursing home residents require extensive assistance and repositioning of their bodies to avoid pressure on bony areas that are highly susceptible to blood flow restriction that can lead to the development of a bedsore. Unfortunately, the Girard elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims and their families who have suffered life-threatening bedsores acquired after being admitted to the facility.
New regulations enforced by the federal government basically require that every nursing facility takes appropriate measures to ensure that any resident entering the facility without a pressure ulcer remains pressure ulcer free while under the care of their nursing staff. This is because nursing home regulatory agencies understand that bedsores can be prevented if the resident is provided an adequate level of care on a continuing basis.
In the event that the resident does acquire a newly formed bedsore, appropriate measures must be taken immediately to ensure that the resident receives all necessary treatments and a high level of care that promotes the healing of the skin, prevention of infection to an open wound and prevention from any other new sores that could develop.Pleasant Hill Village
Pleasant Hill Village is a 98-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating non-profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Gerard and Macoupin County Illinois. The facility is located at:
1010 W. North St.
Girard, Illinois 62640
The services offered at Pleasant Hill Village include:
- Dementia care
- Restorative rehabilitation
- Diabetes management
- IV therapy
Throughout the year, nursing home regulatory agencies with the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most recently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on facilities nationwide. The updated information is then posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov in an effort to provide families enough adequate information to make an informed decision of where to place a loved one in a nursing facility within their community.
Currently, Pleasant Hill Village maintains an overall three out of five available star ratings when compared to other facilities throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health concerns. Our Girard nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered numerous complaints and concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/24/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement pressure ulcer preventative measures including timely repositioning” of a resident. The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure that residents admitted to the facility without pressure [ulcers] didn’t develop new ones.”
As a part of the investigation, the state investigator reviewed a resident’s Admission Sheet that documents the resident had “no open areas or pressure ulcers upon admission” to the facility. In addition, the resident’s 09/24/2015 Care Plan revealed that the resident is “at risk for pressure ulcers with skin contact. Interventions include daily skin checks, encourage good nutrition and hydration to promote healthier skin, keep skin clean and dry, provide incontinent care at each episode, weekly documentation of each area of skin breakdown.” The investigator noted that the Care Plan “does not reflect a current pressure ulcer.”
Upon observation on 10/20/2015, or less in one month later, the resident’s Pressure Ulcer Skin Record documents that the resident had a “Stage II [pressure ulcer] measuring 0.5 centimeters long by 0.4 centimeters wide by <0.1 centimeters in depth.” The investigator also noted that the record showed that the measurements remain the same “until 11/13/2015 when it measured 1.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters.”
- Failure to Allow Residents to Participate in Planning or Revising Their Care Plan
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/24/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to adequately note in care plans to reflect current status and [a failure to] conduct Care Plan conferences [in a timely manner].” As a part of the investigation in the above case involving the development of facility-acquired bedsore, the investigator noted that “the Care Plan also failed to reflect a diet change to low concentrated sweets from concentrated sweets on 09/15/2015.”
If your loved one has suffered from a facility-acquired bedsore while residing at Pleasant Hill Village or any other nursing home facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take appropriate measures to hold the facility and the staff legally and financially accountable. Our Macoupin County elder abuse attorneys can evaluate your claim and develop a strategy to ensure you obtain the highest level of financial compensation you deserve.
We accept all nursing home neglect cases, personal injury claims for compensation and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services once we have successfully resolved your case in front of a judge and jury or negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf. Contact our Girard Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation.