The use of psychotropic medications to control Illinois nursing home patients is highly regulated at both the state and federal levels. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to perform initial evaluations and ongoing assessments to determine if the amount of the prescribed medication can be reduced or eliminated. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities fail to take appropriate measures in performing ongoing assessments, which can be detrimental to the resident’s quality of life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent Illinois nursing home residents who have been prescribed psychotropic medications without proper authorization or ongoing assessments while residing at skilled nursing homes like Pleasant Meadow Senior Living.
Pleasant Meadow Senior Living
This Center is a ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-accepted 109-certified-bed Nursing Home providing living options, cares and services to residents of Chrisman and Ross Township, Edgar County, Illinois. The Nursing Facility is located at:
400 W Washington
Chrisman, IL 61924
In addition to providing independent living options, the facility also offers short-term rehabilitation, memory care, and around-the-clock skilled nursing care.
Chrisman Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the nursing home database system containing the comprehensive list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Pleasant Meadow Senior Living maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison Medicare rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections in two out of five stars for quality measures. The Ross Township, Edgar County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed many safety concerns, deficiencies, and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents’ Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/24/2015, a state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey and noted the facility’s failure to “have assessments for the use of psychotropic medications.” The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has added a black box warning to the use of psychotropic medications for elders who suffer from dementia due to increased side effects.
The deficient practice in one incident involved a resident diagnosed with dementia with behavioral disturbances and 08/13/2015 physician’s orders for an antipsychotic medication. However, “there is no documentation that the facility assessed [the resident] for the use of [the psychotropic medication] until 09/09/2015, nearly a month after it was first prescribed.
When asked, a Registered Nurse stated that “she could not find any assessments or AIMS (Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale) for [the use of the antipsychotic medication] prior to 09/09/2015 for [the resident] and that there should have been one done when the medication was ordered on 08/13/2015.”
The Registered Nurse stated that she tries to follow up and make sure they [the assessments] are done and that the Interdisciplinary Team (IDT) follows the psychotropic medications as well.” The Registered Nurse also stated it was not until September when the IDT team got together for [the resident] [...and] they monitored for side effects but have not been documenting and that they ‘need to document better’.” According to the state investigator, these actions failed to follow the facility’s 12/08/2011 Psychotropic Medication Use – Management Policy that reads in part:
“After implementation of psychotropic medication … medication should be monitored and documented on a regular basis…” and “antipsychotics require an abnormal involuntary movement (AIMS) assessment to be completed with the initiation of therapy…”
- Failure to Notify Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/08/2015, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “notify the physician of the onset of a pressure sore.” The deficient practice of the nursing staff affected a cognitively intact resident whose MDS (Minimum Data Set) notes they are “at risk for developing pressure sores.”
The resident’s undated Pressure Ulcer Report revealed that the resident “has a facility-acquired, unstageable pressure sore to the right lateral foot identified in 04/06/2015.” When asked, the resident indicated that “the pressure sore to the right foot started ‘about two weeks ago’.”
The Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care on 04/02/2015 stated five days later that she had assessed the resident’s “right foot after his shower [...and] that she noticed a ‘pink tip sized’ white area to the side of [the resident’s] right foot [… but] stated she did not call the physician” as required by law.
Chrisman Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you know that your loved one was prescribed antipsychotic medications without proper authorization or ongoing assessments while residing at Pleasant Meadow Senior Living, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Chrisman nursing home attorneys have successfully resolved many financial compensation claims for victims of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in Illinois nursing homes.
It is imperative that you and your family contact our Edgar County elder abuse law office now by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive claim evaluation. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.