Many families will place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive a high level of care and that trained staff is around in case of an emergency. Unfortunately, many Illinois nursing homes fail to properly train their nurses or provide ongoing supervision to ensure protocols involving injured patients are observed. Because of that, many residents suffer ongoing pain, discomfort and a decline in their medical condition because the staff took too long to determine whether the resident needed appropriate medication, treatment, care or transfer to the local emergency room. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured and mistreated residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center who have suffered serious harm due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 81-certified-bed Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Polo and Ogle County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Nursing Facility is located at:
703 East Buffalo
Polo, IL 61064
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Polo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides his patients Alzheimer’s care, memory care, skilled nursing services and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Polo Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a Home.
Currently, Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Ogle County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Cares and Services in a Timely Manner to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being Was Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/06/2015, a state investigator noted the facility's failure to "ensure a resident received the necessary care and services to prevent a delay in treatment for a resident with right-sided weakness, and bruising and swelling to the right arm.”
The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure a resident with wounds received physician prescribed nutritional supplements, [and a failure to] have a plan to reduce moisture and promote wound healing for a resident with a moisture-associated wound.” The deficient practices by the nursing staff affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for necessary care and services.”
In one case, the state investigator had findings after reviewing a resident’s 10/01/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing the resident was diagnosed with Dementia with impaired safety awareness, delirium, fracture of the right metacarpal, Parkinson’s and dementia with poor trunk control and poor safety awareness.”
The resident’s 03/19/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed that the resident “is independent with bed mobility, transfers, ambulation, and walking.” However, the resident’s 10/09/2015 MDS revealed that the resident “is cognitively impaired and requires extensive staff assistance with transfers, dressing, hygiene, bathing, and toileting.”
An observation of the resident was made at 8:05 AM on 11/03/2015 when the resident “was sitting in a low wheelchair with a plastic lap tray, using his feet to propel himself in the hallway.” At that time, the resident’s “right arm was tucked toward his body, resting on the lap tray.”
The resident’s 07/22/2015, 10:00 AM Nurse Notes revealed that the resident “presents with right-sided weakness, the right arm appears limp, the right hand was swollen, unable to make a fist, unable to grab onto the walker.” At that time, the resident complained “of pain when touched, bruises noted to fingers. Will not stand to transfer. Doctor notified. Will await response.”
Nearly five and a half hours later, the facility “received a call from the medical doctor on call” who stated that the resident will be transferred to the emergency room for an evaluation if it is okay with the family. The resident was sent to the emergency room more than six hours “after the resident presented with right-sided weakness, limp arm, swollen hand and bruising.”
The resident’s Hospital Emergency Room documentation revealed a diagnosis of Renal Insufficiency, Dementia, Possible Cerebrovascular Accident – Stroke, enclosed fracture of the metacarpal bone.” A Licensed Practical Nurse stated on 11/04/2015 that the nurse “should use nursing judgment to determine if a resident should be sent to the hospital before obtaining a physician order.”
The Administrator stated that based on the change in the resident’s condition and symptoms, “the nurse should have used nursing judgment and sent [the resident] to the hospital and notified the physician later.”
Polo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one received substandard nursing care while residing at Polo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives financial recompense for the injuries and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers.
We encourage you to contact our Ogle County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive full case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment to our law offices because we accept all nursing home claims for financial compensation on contingency.