Any fall occurring to an Illinois nursing home resident has the potential of critically altering their long-term medical condition. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to provide adequate monitoring and supervision of patients who are at high risk for falling. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide a standard of care to ensure the safety of their residents and fail to develop effective interventions when falls occur. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home patients who have suffered serious harm from preventable falls while residing in Illinois skilled nursing homes like Regency Care of Morris.
Regency Care of Morris
This Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center is a ‘for profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Morris and Grundy County, Illinois. The 123-certified-bed Nursing Center is located at:
1095 Twilight Drive
Morris, IL 60450
In addition to providing physical, speech and occupational therapies, the facility also offers around-the-clock skilled nursing care, wound care, IV antibiotic therapy, assistance with ADL (activities of daily living), palliative care and skilled intermediate care.
Morris Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigationsat homes nationwide. This information can be viewed on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Regency Care of Morris maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Grundy County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid a Falling Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/30/2016, a formal complaint was opened against the facility by a state investigator for its failure to “ensure that one resident received timely specific and individualized interventions to address one of the possible root causes of [their] falls.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after observing a resident “lying in bed on 09/20/2016.” The resident “was alert but confused [...and] had a walker at the bedside and staff reported that [the resident] was still able to ambulate independently using her walker.”
The state investigator interviewed the Director of Nursing at 1:12 PM on 09/28/2016 who said the resident “was at risk for falling because she is confused and forgetful.” The Director also stated that the resident “would forget some safety issues, and forget to ask for help [...and] said the investigation of [the resident’s] fall on 08/08/2016 showed she [the resident] was on the toilet and fell on her left side.” The Director stated that the “staff heard [the resident] calling for help and observed her on the floor.”
As a part of the investigation, the Restorative Nurse was interviewed at 2:29 PM on 09/20/2016 and “was asked to present the cause analysis of [the resident’s] fall.” The Restorative Nurse stated, “I have not completed the analysis of this fall, but [the resident] was trying to get to the bathroom.” The Restorative Nurse also indicated that she had not completed an update on the resident’s 09/20/2016 fall.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s Incident Log that revealed that the resident “had several falls related to using or trying to get to the bathroom” that documented the fall occurrences happening on 03/27/2016, 06/21/2016, 08/08/2016 and 09/02/2016. The resident’s 06/21/2016 and 09/02/2016 Fall Risk Assessments revealed that the resident “was more high risk for falls.”
A complete review was done of the resident’s Plan of Care that revealed the resident “is at risk for falls because of confusion, psychoactive drug use, severe arthritis in her bilateral knees and a history of falls.” However, the state investigator noted that “this Plan of Care did not include her going to the bathroom independently as a problem in her care.” Additionally, the Care Plan “did not include a specific plan identified to ensure [the resident] ambulated to and use the bathroom in a safe manner.”
The investigator noted that “the last intervention or update to [the resident’s] Fall Care Plan was 09/17/2016” and the resident’s “last fall in the facility occurred [3 days later].” The section failed to follow the facility’s Fall Policy and Procedure on Cause Analysis that requires the development of effective interventions are completed no more than three days after a fall occurs.
Morris Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your spouse, parent or grandparent has been injured from falls while residing in Regency Care of Morris, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers immediately. We urge you to contact our Grundy County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757.
Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our seasoned attorneys for your complimentary case evaluation. In addition, your family is not required to make an upfront payment because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse claim for financial compensation through contingency fee arrangements.