Many residents in nursing facilities are given the wrong drug, wrong dose or no medication at all when prescribed by their physician. Unfortunately, medication mistakes post serious potential problems to the resident, who may already be facing a compromised immune system or other serious health concerns. Sadly, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered a catastrophic decline in their health due to a medication error.
When a resident in a nursing home suffers injury caused by a drug administering mistake, their medical condition can quickly deteriorate and compromise their health or cause their death. Medication errors are often the result of nursing facilities that failed to employ properly trained nursing staff and adequate supervisors to minimize the potential risk of administering the wrong medication.
Any serious injury or death that is the result of nursing home negligence provides families the right to take immediate legal action to seek financial recompense and to hold all caregivers at fault for the death legally accountable.
Premier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center
Premier Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Center is a for-profit 120-certified bed center that excepts Medicaid and Medicare patients. The Rockford County facility is located at:
2121 Pioneer Drive
Beloit, Wisconsin 53511
In addition to providing 24-hour skilled nursing care, Premier Rehabilitation, and Skilled Nursing Center also provides physical, occupational and speech therapy along with psychiatric and psychological therapy.
Rockford County Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and state nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing facility databases to use as a comparison tool between homes nationwide. These agencies post this information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, Premier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared to other facilities throughout the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and one out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Rockford County nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these include:
- Failure to Safely Handle Medications and Other Similar Products by a Licensed Pharmacist That Are Required Every Day and in Emergencies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/04/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure a resident received all medications as ordered by a physician.” The failure by the nursing staff at Premier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center involved a resident who did not receive their prescription Metformin on 03/16/2015 and did not receive other medications on 04/02/2015 and 04/03/2015.
The surveyor interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse in regards to the facility’s protocol “for what nurses should do if a resident’s medication was not available during a medication pass.” The Licensed Practical Nurse stated that “the nurse should contact the charge nurse who would get the medication from the contingency box, if the medication was not in a contingency box, then the pharmacy should be called to deliver the medication to the facility.”
When the investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 06/03/2015 about the medication withheld from the resident, the Director stated: “that he was not aware that the resident’s medication was held because it was not available [on those three dates].”
- Failure to Provide Care by a Qualified Individual According to Each Resident’s Written Plan of Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/04/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure that services provided are arranged by the facility and are provided by qualified persons in accordance with each resident’s written Plan of Care.” The failure by the nursing staff at Premier Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center involved three residents at the facility.
In one incident, a resident with “a Behavioral Management Plan instructing facility staff to use two Certified Nursing Assistants approach during all cares.” Observations by the state investigator were made and noted that “this Care Plan intervention was not followed.” Additionally, “observations were made when [the resident’s] right ankle and foot were not floated off of the mattress as instructed in her Plan of Care” to ensure she did not develop a bedsore.
Rockford County Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, has suffered injury, harm or neglect while residing at Premier Rehabilitation Skilled Nursing Center or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide an immediate legal remedy. Our dedicated Rockford County elder abuse attorneys can take all necessary legal steps to seek the financial compensation you deserve.
To ensure a successful resolution of your financial claim, we encourage you to contact our Rockford nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an appointment for a no obligation, free case evaluation by our competent attorneys. We handle all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and nursing home neglect cases through contingency agreements, meaning all of our legal services are paid only after we win your case at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.