By law, nursing homes can only use physical restraints to control residents if the devices have been authorized by a physician and controlled by the facility’s interdisciplinary team on a routine (at least quarterly) basis. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities use physical and chemical restraints as a way to minimize the level of supervision they provide to residents who require an additional level of care around-the-clock. Sadly, the Pana elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident was restrained by unauthorized use, stripping them of their respect, dignity and freedom of movement.Prairie Rose Health Care Center
Prairie Rose Health Care Center is a 105-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit corporate facility providing nursing services to residents of Pana and Christian County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
900 South Chestnut
Pana, IL 62557
As a part of the Peterson Health Care network, Prairie Rose Health Care Center provides a variety of services that include skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care and their Pathways Rehabilitation program.Pana Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families use the information provided on nursing home databases before making a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires nursing and hygiene care. Because of that, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their database systems to reflect the most currently opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints. The results of the updates can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Prairie Rose Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections and staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures. Our Pana Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Unnecessary Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/29/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "assess and document the risks versus benefits and document a medical symptom justifying the use of a restraint.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Prairie Rose Health Care Center affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for physical restraints.”
The investigation involved a resident diagnosed with a “failure to thrive and dementia with aggressive behaviors” along with a MDS (Minimum Data Set) that documents the resident “has a moderately impaired cognition status.” The resident’s 07/13/2015 Physical Restraints/Enabler Assessment documents that the resident has “advanced Alzheimer. The reason for and type of restraint/enabler: Pelvic Restraint. Describe risk versus benefits: Resident stands with lap body and is at high risk for falling forward.” However, the investigator noted that “the assessment did not document the risks of [the resident] using the pelvic restraint.”
Upon observation, the resident was noted with the pelvic restraint on while in her wheelchair at 3:10 PM 10/25/2015, at 9:06 AM on 10/26/2015, 3:15 PM on the same day, at 10:25 AM and 11:50 AM on 10/27/2015 and at 9:05 AM on 10/28/2015.
The investigator interviewed the Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care 9:05 AM on 10/20/2015 who stated that the resident “has the pelvic restraint because [the resident] is unsafe to walk by herself and she will try to.” However, in an interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses the same day at 1:17 PM, the Director stated that the resident “is not strong enough to walk by herself and she is unaware of the personal hazards of trying to walk by herself.” It was also noted that the resident’s “family requested that she has something to keep her from getting up and trying to walk by herself.”
As a part of the investigation it was noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 07/12/2010 Pelvic Restraint Policy that reads in part:
“A pelvic restraint is used when necessary for a specific individualized reason as the least restricted device as determined by the physician and interdisciplinary team… The need for the restraint is to be assessed by the interdisciplinary team, initially and with the quarterly Care Plan meeting, as the least restricted device [upon physician’s orders].”
If you suspect your loved one has been restrained by physical or chemical means without proper authorization while residing in an Illinois nursing facility, including Prairie Rose Health Care Ctr., Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Christian County elder abuse attorneys can take appropriate measures to secure the financial compensation you deserve for your damages.
To ensure that your case is successfully resolved and you receive an adequate amount of financial compensation, we encourage you to contact our Pana Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. By speaking with one of our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys, in a free no obligation consultation, we can provide a variety of legal options on how best to proceed. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect personal injury case on contingency, meaning we are only paid for our legal services after we win your lawsuit at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.