By law, Illinois nursing facilities are required to follow strict protocols whenever using authorized chemical or physical restraints on their residents. These protocols ensure that the restraints are only used when necessary to restrict the resident’s movements to manage their safety and supervision. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities fail to follow established protocols, which is often to the detriment of the resident’s freedom of motion and mobility. Sadly, the Morrison elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents whose freedom of movement were taken away by the caregivers without proper authorization or through the failure to follow procedures.Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 74-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid participating nonprofit nursing facility providing services to residents of Morrison and Whiteside County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
500 North Jackson St.
Morrison, IL 61270
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Pleasant View Rehab provides a variety of services that include:
- Nursing care
- Memory care
- Alzheimer’s care
- Pathways Rehabilitation
To ensure that families are fully informed on nursing homes in their community, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases. This information reflects current and historical data of all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations, and safety concerns of every facility in the United States. The updated information is posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system that compares all facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. Our Morrison 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 Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure a resident’s lap tray was removed during supper while under the direct supervision of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).” The failure by the nursing staff at Pleasant View Rehab involved a cognitively impaired resident who “requires extensive assistance with transfers and activities of daily living [ADL].”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s January 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) that documented: “an order for a lap tray while up in a wheelchair decrease fall risk.” In addition, the resident’s 07/01/2015 Care Plan revealed the use of an Enabler/Physical Restraint and directions to “Remove advice during meals one resident is occupied and distracted and visual supervision can be maintained.”
An interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses at 9:05 AM on 01/20/2016, revealed that the resident’s “lap tray should be removed at meals and every two hours while she is away.” However, an observation was made at 6:10 PM on 01/25/2000 team where the resident “was pushed up to the table in the dining room with the tray across her lap attached to her wheelchair [...and] had her supper in front of her and was running her fingers across the tray.”
The investigator noted the facility’s failure to follow their 08/18/2015 policy titled Physical Restraint/Enabler Policy that reads in part:
“The Care Plan must address the duration, type in circumstances under which the restraint can be used.”
- Failure to Provide Minimal Care to Ensure the Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to address the resident’s complaint of pain [and a failure] to implement pain relieving measures for resident complaining of pain.” This failure was noted upon observation of a resident at 6:55 PM on 01/25/2016 when the resident “said ‘ouch’ twice during attempt to transfer [the resident] from the wheelchair to the toilet by [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] who asked the resident] if he was having pain and [the resident] responded ‘yes’.”
The surveyor noted that multiple times the resident indicated they were in pain including during an attempt to transfer the individual to the toilet. The Licensed Practical Nurse providing the resident care indicated that they were never told “on January 25 that [the resident] was experiencing pain and did not give him anything for pain.
If your loved one has been harmed, injured, abused, neglected, or mistreated while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Pleasant View Rehab, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Morrison nursing home abuse attorneys can handle the legal process of filing a claim for the financial compensation your family and your loved one deserves for their damages.
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