Medical staff members at every nursing facility in the state of Illinois are required to follow procedures and protocols to ensure that residents remain safe from hazards and accidents at all times. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, understaffing or a lack of proper training of the nursing staff, residents are often exposed to dangerous conditions that could cause serious injury or death. Sadly, the Jacksonville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have been injured or died prematurely due to the negligent or reckless actions of their caregivers.
Prairie Village Health Care Center
Prairie Village Health Care Center is a 126-certified bed “for-profit” Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Jacksonville and Morgan County Illinois. The Center is located at:
1024 W. Walnut
Jacksonville, IL 62650
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing services, the facility also offers rehabilitation services involving individualized therapy programs.
Jacksonville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families review the information on Medicare.gov and other national websites updated by the federal government and the state of Illinois to determine the level of care a nursing facility provides in their community.
Currently, Prairie Village Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary comparative analysis system. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing issues. Our Jacksonville nursing home neglect attorneys have found many deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/14/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide supervision to prevent elopement.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Prairie Village Health Care Center affected one resident at the facility who has a “status as an elopement risk is contained in the black binder labeled ‘Elopement Book’ located at both the facility’s nurse’s stations.” The investigator noted that “these binders serve an easy reference for staff and contain these residents’ photos.”
The state investigator reviewed a resident’s most recent 03/17/2016 Elopement Risk Assessment the documents of the resident “is at risk for elopement and requires an intervention/care plan.” The resident’s 03/16/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) reveals of the resident has “severely impaired cognition” and a 05/08/2015 Care Plan that documents that the resident “was placed in the facility’s Elopement Risk Protocols due to Cognitive Loss/Dementia and should be redirected away from exit/entry points.”
The complaint involved in an incident record on 05/20/2016 in the facility’s Occurrence Report by Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) to a Licensed Practical Nurse That (LPN) around 9:25 PM that the resident “was missing. This report documents that [the resident] was last seen at approximately 8:30 PM [...and] was found at 9:50 PM off facility grounds after an outdoor search was conducted.”
When the resident was found he was “lying on his left side, unable to state what happened and was talking to staff about random things. The report documents [the resident] was transferred to the local hospital for evaluation and return with no injuries without being kept there overnight. [The resident’s] care plan was updated and [the resident] was placed on 15-minute checks.”
The Certified Nursing Assistant providing care that night stated that “the front door alarm goes off frequently because it alarms every time the door is opened no matter who uses it. They’re supposed to check every time it goes off who has triggered the alarm before resetting the alarm and turning the alarm sound at the nurses’ station location off. If they are not able to notice who it was via the camera monitor at the nurses’ station they have to walk the exit door and make a visual check at the exit area itself.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “provide adequate supervision by leaving an unlocked medication cart unattended.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff could have negatively affected nine residents “who are mobile and cognitively impaired who might have had access to the unattended medication cart.”
An observation was made of a member of the nursing staff in the morning of 01/19/2016 who “left the medication cart at the nurses’ station unlocked, while she went to look for a medication down the hall in another medication cart. The medication cart that was left unattended had a bubble pack of Entacapone 200 milligrams used to treat Parkinson’s disease that can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and other serious side effects.
Jacksonville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured, harmed, abused, mistreated or neglected while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Prairie Village Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide numerous legal options. Our Jacksonville nursing home abuse attorneys can handle your case for financial compensation to ensure your family receives the recompense they deserve.
Contact our Morgan County elder abuse law firm by calling (888) 424-5757 today for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency to avoid any upfront fee.