Any decline in an Illinois nursing home resident’s condition must be immediately reported to their physician and/or family member. This action ensures that the resident receives the highest level of treatment and care, especially during an emergency. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train and supervise their nursing staff to ensure these procedures and protocols are used to guarantee the resident’s safety. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were mistreated by their caregivers while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Pontiac Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.
Pontiac Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
This Nursing Home is a 97-certified-bed facility providing nursing and cares services to residents of Pontiac and Livingston County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
300 West Lowell
Pontiac, IL 61764
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers rehabilitation therapies, respite care, hospice care and short-term care.
Pontiac Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families remain informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints that can be viewed on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Pontiac Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparison rating system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Livingston County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found health violations and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify the Physician of a Change in a Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/16/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician and family of [the resident’s] significant change in health condition (hematuria [blood in urine] due to self-removal of the indwelling catheter and abdominal pain).”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 11:32 AM, 09/03/2016 Progress Notes that revealed the resident “got up to go to the bathroom and pulled out [their] indwelling catheter. Reinserted without any issues. Urine is blood-tinged with few clots noted.” Subsequent progress notes dated on 09/04/2016 at 3:23 PM revealed that the resident “urine has a large amount of blood in it. Catheter pulled out by accident by the resident at the end of the shift. Second shift nurse reinserted the new one.”
The progress notes for the resident document hematuria [blood in the urine] again on 09/07/2016 at 4:43 PM and again on 09/08/2016 in the evening. However, the state investigator noted that the resident’s medical record “has no documentation that the resident’s family or family physician were notified of the catheter being pulled up by the resident on 09/03/2016 or 09/04/2016 or the hematuria on 09/07/2016 and 09/08/2016.
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff and Administrator failed to follow the facility’s 03/15/1998 policy titled: Physician Notification of Resident’s Change of Condition that reads in part:
“The resident’s attending physician will be notified of changes that occur in the resident’s condition by licensed personnel. Physician’s notification is to include but is not limited to the following … significant change… any accident or incident with or without injury, i.e. falls, skin tears, bruising etc.… and abnormal complaints of pain.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Ensure the Resident’s Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/16/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to assess, identify and treat for abdominal distention and pain for [a resident] reviewed for a medical follow-up.” The investigator noted that “the delay in treatment resulted in Acute Renal Failure Secondary to Obstructive Neuropathy with severe abdominal pain for [the resident].”
Even though the resident “complained to family of not having much of a bowel movement” and told a Certified Nursing Assistant of “abdominal pain all three days on September 7, September 8 and September 9, 2016” the investigator noted “there were no nursing documentation on [the resident’s] medical record for 09/10/2016”, but on 09/11/2016, there is documentation of “increased confusion, blood in urine and abdominal distention.”
Pontiac Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or injury while residing at Pontiac Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We urge you to contact our Livingston County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. No upfront fees or retainers are required because we gladly accept every wrongful death lawsuit and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees only are paid after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have won your case at trial.