Many legal violations in nursing facilities throughout Illinois are never reported. This is often because the victim is too fearful of retribution from the hands of an abusive caregiver. Other times, there may be no practical way to file a complaint or the victim is simply not cognizant of what is going on because of advanced age or medical condition. Because of that, it is imperative that family members take the initiative to seek legal counsel after discovering signs of neglect, abuse or mistreatment.
Our attorneys work is legal advocates to ensure the safety of residents in nursing facilities all throughout Illinois. We publish the most up-to-date information involving opened investigations, safety concerns and filed complaints against assisted-living facilities and nursing home centers statewide. Families facing the need to place a loved one in a nursing facility often use this valuable data to help make the most informed decision to ensure their safety and the quality of care provided.
Presence Cor Mariae Center
Presence Cor Mariae Center is a 73-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing health care solutions to residents of Winnebago County, including Rockford, Illinois. The center is located at:
3330 Maria Linden Dr.
Rockford, Illinois 61114
The facility provides support for independent living along with short stay rehabilitation, sheltered care, skilled nursing care and memory care.
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government releases comparative information on nursing homes statewide and publishes the data on their website www.Medicare.gov. The nursing home comparison can be used by families to assess facilities when placing a loved one in nursing care. Currently, Presence Cor Mariae Center maintains an overall five out of five stars rating summary, which is considered much above average when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for both quality measures and staffing.
However, the Rockford Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous opened investigations and filed complaints against Presence Cor Mariae Center. Some of these cases involve:
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2014, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to avoid friction ensuring forces when repositioning residents. This contributed to the development of sacral/coccyx pressure ulcers on two residents at risk for skin breakdown.” This 8/5/14 investigation is partially in response to a large patient “requiring extensive assist with bed mobility, transfers, and toileting” where the CNAs (certified nursing assistants) on duty “used a piece of nylon fabric pulling it forcefully up and toward the edge of the bed to reposition [the resident].
During observation, it was noted that the “use of repositioning device was not being used correctly. They should have used 2 pieces of nylon fabric one on top of the other. [This is because] 2 pieces of nylon fabric slide against each other reducing friction and shearing.” Nurses notes dated 07/18/14 indicated that the resident “had shearing to the right buttock. The wound care physician would be contacted.”
- Failure to Develop Policies on Use of Physical Restraints:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/16/2014, during an annual licensure and certification survey, a notation was made of the facility’s failure “to assess the need to use a safety belt as a physical restraint.” This notation is in response to a 1/14/14 incident indicating that a resident was wearing a restraint belt around the waist as an intervention to avoid falling.
During an interview on 1/15/14, the DON (Director of Nursing) indicated that “we do not have policies on restraints, we only apply safety belts if the patient can remove them.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered serious injury or harm while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate lawful intervention to ensure your safety. Our experienced attorneys can take legal action to assist you in obtaining financial compensation for your damages.
We encourage you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys about your case. We accept all cases involving nursing home abuse, medical malpractice and personal injury on contingency, so no upfront fees are required. All shared information with our law firm will remain confidential.