The use of physical restraints in Illinois nursing homes is heavily regulated to ensure the patient’s rights of freedom and autonomy are never violated. Because of that, the nursing staff must ensure that all Care Plans documenting the use of physical restraints is followed in accordance with the law. Unfortunately, many Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants failed to follow procedures and protocols, and improperly use physical restraints to control the resident’s behaviors. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent patients who have been restrained against their will and without authorization at Illinois nursing facilities like Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This facility is a 74-certified-bed Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Morrison and Whiteside County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted ‘for profit’ Nursing Center is located at:
500 North Jackson Street
Morrison, IL 61270
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides skilled nursing care along with memory care, Alzheimer’s care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Morrison Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be found on numerous sites like Medicare.gov.
Currently, Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The Whiteside County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have located violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free from Unnecessary and Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator 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 deficient practice by the nursing staff affected a cognitively impaired resident who “requires extensive assistance with transfers and activities of daily living (ADL).”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) that revealed an order for a “lap tray while up in a wheelchair to decrease fall risk.” In addition, the resident’s 07/01/2014 Care Plan/Enabler-Physical Restraint revealed: “Remove device during meals one resident is occupied and distracted and visual supervision can be maintained.”
An observation was made of the resident at 6:10 PM on 01/25/2016 while the resident was being “pushed up to the table, in the dining room with the tray across her lap attached to her wheelchair.” At that time, the resident “had her supper in front of her and was running her fingers across her tray.” The Certified Nursing Assistant “was sitting at the same table, directly across from [the resident].”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses on the morning of 01/20/2016 who said that the resident’s “Lap Tray should be removed at meals, and every two hours while she is awake.” The Director also said “a CNA is at the dining table, and if [the resident] is under the supervision of staff, the lap tray should be off.” Two Certified Nursing Assistants providing the resident care also said that the resident’s “Lap Tray should be off during meals and when a CNA is at her table.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect at the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyors in regards to the nursing home's failure to “implement and operationalize their Abuse Policy including timely pre-screening of employees for criminal background checks in obtaining fingerprints for newly hired Certified Nursing Assistants.” The deficient practice could “affect all 40 residents at the facility.”
The state investigator noted that by 2:00 PM on 01/27/2016, an employee background review indicated that a Certified Nursing Assistant “was hired on 11/06/2015 and had no fingerprint background check completed. The record showed the registry check was not performed to check for fingerprint background check until 11/25/2015, and no fingerprint was initiated as of 01/29/2016.”
Morrison Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a resident at Pleasant View Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our Morrison nursing home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve mistreatment, neglect, and abuse and will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receives sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
We urge you to contact our Whiteside County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation comprehensive case review. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.