Before any physical restraint in an Illinois nursing home is used on a patient, the resident must first undergo an initial evaluation and assessment to determine the restraint’s effectiveness. In addition, must be determined that there are no other ways to control the resident’s behavior. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities follow these protocols and instead chooses to use restraints without proper authorization and informed consent of the resident/resident’s Power of Attorney (POA). Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent patients who were restrained against their will while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Red Bud Nursing Home.
Red Bud Nursing Home
This Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility is a ‘for profit’ nursing home providing cares and services to residents of Red Bud and Randolph County, Illinois. The 115-certified-bed Nursing Center is connected to the Red Blood Regional Hospital with quick transfers through an enclosed corridor at:
350 West South First Street
Red Bud, IL 62278
In addition to providing 24-hour licensed nursing care, Red Bud Nursing Home also offers Hospice care, long-term care, IV therapy, occupational/physical/speech therapies, short-term rehabilitation care and wound care.
Red Bud Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each nursing facility nationwide can be obtained on state and federal database sites including Medicare.gov. These government-run regulatory agencies regularly update their list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations on nursing homes in the US.
Currently, Red Bud Nursing Home maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare rating system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Randolph County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located many safety deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/18/2016, 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 “assess a pommel cushion as a restraint, [and a failure to] remove a restraint during meal time for two residents.”
One incident involved a cognitively intact resident whose March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed diagnoses including cerebral palsy, muscle weakness, and rhabdomyolysis [destroyed striated muscle cells].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the resident’s 01/22/2016 Care Plan that indicates the resident “requires the use of a trunk restraint and limb restraint when he is up in his wheelchair.” The resident “is alert and oriented, and able to alert staff to his needs. Torso support also to be released when [the resident] is at the dining room table for meals.”
An observation was made of the resident at 11:20 AM and 12:45 PM on 03/15/2016 while the resident “was in the dining room with an upper trunk restraint across his chest, attached to the wheelchair.” The resident “consumed all of his lunch with the trunk restraint present the entire time. When finished with his lunch, [the resident] propelled himself from the dining room.”
As a part of the investigation, the resident was interviewed at 1:30 PM that same day and stated, “No, I did have my strap on during lunch service today. Sometimes the staff just forgets to remove it.” The investigator interviewed the Assistant Director of Nursing two days later who stated “yes I saw [the resident’s] strap was present during the lunch service on Tuesday (03/15/2016). I saw the strap when I was with you, and it was present during the dining service.”
A review was made of a second resident’s March 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) that revealed diagnoses including cerebral palsy, seizures and spasticity.” There is no documentation in the resident’s 12/23/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) of restraints.
An observation was made of the resident just after noon on 03/15/2016 while “seated in a rock and tilt wheelchair in the dining room [while not being restrained]. On 03/15/2016 at 1:05 PM, [the resident] requested a hot pack, and was propelled to the therapy department.” While reclining in a geriatric chair, the resident “was sitting on a pommel cushion [where their] feet were dangling, and did not touch the floor.”
Again, at 9:00 AM and 11:47 AM on 03/16/2016, the resident “was seated in the geriatric chair on a pommel cushion. The MDS/Care Plan Coordinator revealed that “she did not complete the initial restraint assessment for [the resident’s] use of a pommel cushion, because, she did not think it was a restraint.”
Red Bud Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was restrained against their will and without proper authorization while residing at Red Bud Nursing Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our seasoned Illinois attorneys have years of experience in representing clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected while residing in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Randolph County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a complimentary comprehensive claims review. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for recompense through a contingency fee agreement.