Illinois nursing home patients suffering from bedsores require a high level of wound care and skin treatments to minimize the potential degradation of a Stage I bedsore into a life-threatening condition. Unfortunately, not all nursing staff receive adequate training in providing wound care, identification and assessment of early stage bedsores. Because of this lack of training and providing proper care, the health and well-being of patients suffering from facility-acquired sores are greatly compromised. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many individuals who have suffered facility-acquired pressure sores while residing at Illinois nursing homes like Prairie View Care Center – Lewistown.
Prairie View Care Center – Lewistown
This facility is a 99-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Lewistown and Fulton County, Illinois. The ‘for-profit’ Nursing Center is located at:
175 East Sycamore
Lewistown, IL 61542
The facility offers skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, therapies, hospice and short-term respite care.
Lewistown Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations on nationwide nursing homes can be reviewed from federal and state database sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, Prairie View Care Center – Lewistown maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparative system. This includes two out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures, and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Fulton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Treatment and Cares to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/21/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey of the deficient practice involving the facility’s failure to “ensure that a pressure ulcer treatment was in place for [a resident] reviewed for pressure ulcers.” The deficient practice of the nursing staff involved a resident with “an unstageable pressure ulcer to [their] coccyx that measured 0.2 centimeters by 0.2 centimeters.”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s July 2016 TAR (Treatment Administration Record) and 07/20/2016 Order Summary Report that documents the nursing staff “has an order to cleanse [the resident’s] unstageable sacral region pressure ulcer with wound cleanser, pat dry, apply collagen dressing to the wound bed, apply alginate, and cover with a transparent dressing every shift until healed.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants on the morning of 07/18/2016 while transferring a resident to bed. Both Certified Nursing Assistants removed the resident’s adult brief. At that time, the resident “had an uncovered irregular shaped opened area to [their] coccyx.” One CNA stated that “at that time, [the resident] did not have a dressing on [their] coccyx” as required by their Plan of Care to ensure the wound is protected from potential infection.
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 12/29/2014 policy titled: Pressure Ulcer Prevention, Identification, and Treatment Policy that reads in part:
“The facility will initiate an aggressive treatment program for those residents who have pressure ulcers… It is the responsibility of the Charge Nurse to care for pressure areas and provide treatments as ordered.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury or Harm
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/21/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure fall interventions were implemented for [a resident] reviewed for falls.” The deficient practice affected one resident diagnosed with weakness, epilepsy, history of transient ischemic attack, hemiplegia and, hemiparesis following cerebral infarction and convulsions, with a risk fall assessment score of 19 indicating that the resident “is at high risk for falls.”
Documentation indicates that the resident “was propelling in a wheelchair in the facility’s 300 Hallway [with a] pressure alarm box attached to the back of [their] wheelchair.” Upon self-toileting, the resident “partially pulled [their] pants down and began repeatedly yelling ‘Help’.” It was noted that the “resident’s pressure alarm was not sounding.”
Lewistown Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your spouse, parents or grandparents has had any sign or symptom of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing in Prairie View Care Center – Lewistown, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers immediately. Our qualified Lewistown attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against all parties who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Fulton County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary initial case review. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case at trial.