Whenever an Illinois nursing home resident is harmed, falls, suffers an injury or has a decline in their medical condition, the nursing staff is required to notify the resident’s physician and family members. Any failure to do so violates federal and state nursing home regulations. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train their staff to follow these protocols that are designed to provide immediate medical attention and assistance to the resident if required. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered at the negligent hands of their caregivers while residing at skilled nursing homes like Prairie City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Prairie City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
This Nursing Home is a Facility providing cares and services to residents of Prairie City and McDonough County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved ‘for-profit’ 47-certified-bed Center is located at:
825 E Main Street.
Prairie City, IL 61470
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Prairie City Rehab offers skilled nursing care, the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program, memory care and Alzheimer’s/dementia care.
Prairie City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system with complete details of all filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The search results can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Prairie City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available federal star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The McDonough County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC uncovered violations, hazards and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Responsible Party of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/21/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "timely notify a resident’s representative of a significant change in condition.” The failure by the nursing staff affected a resident with diagnoses of “Dementia with aggressive behaviors, acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbation, lung mass, and chronic respiratory failure.”
An observation was made of the resident on 01/19/2016 while “restless and propelling self in a wheelchair in the hallways.” The resident “was short of breath with exertion, confused and not interviewable.” The resident’s 12:15 AM 01/12/2016 Nurses Notes revealed that the resident “fell from [their] wheelchair in the lobby area of the facility [...and] leaned forward and fell out of [their] wheelchair.”
The Registered Nurse providing the resident care indicated that the resident was found “hollering on the floor in front of [their] wheelchair in the lobby area [...and] reported [that the resident] was a new resident with a lot of anxiety and was not able to sleep [...and] was assessed and found to have a skin tear on [their] right arm.”
The Registered Nurse stated that the resident “had pain but was not able to specify where the pain was.” Using a gait belt, a Certified Nursing Assistant along with the Registered Nurse placed the resident back on [their] back and into the wheelchair before transferring the resident “to bed shortly after falling.” The resident’s family indicated “they didn’t call us until in between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM on 01/12/2016” to tell us that the resident “had fallen the night before.”
- Failure to prevent the spread of infection throughout the facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/07/2016, the state investigator opened an incident review for investigation noting the facility’s failure to “wash hands from soiled to clean during personal care.” The failure involved the Certified Nursing Assistant who “washed hands and apply gloves to provide perineal care to [the resident] who was already lying in bed.”
During the observation, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) removed the resident’s “incontinent brief and use the soiled brief to wipe [the resident’s] bottom, who was involuntary of stool and urine.” The CNA “then cleansed [the resident’s] perineal area on the bottom. With the same soiled gloves, [the CNA] applied a new brief and clean pants, rolling [the resident] back and forth in bed, touching [the resident’s] legs, hips, and clean clothing.”
The CNA “then removed the soiled gloves and wash hands.” When asked, the Certified Nursing Assistant stated on the morning of 07/21/2016 “I washed my hands when I entered the room and after I did my peri-care and got [the resident] dressed.”
Prairie City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one suffered injury or harm due to the negligence while a patient at Prairie City Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our team of Illinois attorneys has years of experience in successfully resolving financial claims for compensation against all parties who caused nursing home patients harm, injury or preventable death.
We encourage you to contact our McDonough County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. Your family is not required to pay any upfront retainers are fees because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases and claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements.