The use of physical restraints in Illinois nursing facilities is strictly prohibited unless the physician and nursing staff follow established procedures and protocols and obtain an informed consent from the resident or their Power of Attorney (POA). Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities follow these established guidelines, which is often detrimental to the health, well-being and quality life of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment who were restrained against their will while residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Resthave Home – Whiteside County.
Resthave Home – Whiteside County
This Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Nursing Home is a 70-certified-bed facility providing nursing services to residents of Morrison and Whiteside County, Illinois. The ‘for-profit’ Nursing Center is located at:
408 Maple Avenue
Morrison, IL 61270
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical, occupational and speech therapies, podiatry services, social services, and individualized care plans.
Morrison Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on nationwide nursing homes can be reviewed from federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, Resthave Home – Whiteside County maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare rating system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections. The Whiteside County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety deficiencies at this facility including:
- Failure to Ensure the Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/10/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure to “release/remove a laptop cushion (lap buddy) restraint as ordered by the physician.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s April 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing an order for a “lap buddy when up in a wheelchair, release every two hours and check every 30 minutes.” The resident’s physician telephoned orders to the facility on 05/06/2015 showing that “the lap buddy when up in a wheelchair as needed, release every two hours and at meals/activities.”
An observation was made of the resident at 11:30 AM on 05/03/2016 while the resident “was sitting in the activity kitchen during an activity [… with] her lap buddy on.” Again at 8:25 AM on 05/06/2016, the resident “was sitting in the dining room for breakfast and had her lap buddy on.”
An interview was conducted at 8:40 AM on 05/06/2016 with the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who provided care to the resident. The CNA stated that the resident’s “lap buddy gets removed when we take her to the bathroom or lie her down in bed.” A Licensed Practical Nurse stated a few minutes later that the resident’s “lap buddy gets removed at mealtimes.” Thirty minutes later, the facility Administrator stated that the resident’s “lap buddy is removed during meal times, during activities, and if she is with a staff member one on one.”
The state investigator noted that “there is no documentation on the facility’s restraint release form for [the resident] on 05/03/2016” for multiple shifts between May 4 and May 6, 2016. The investigator also noted that “there were no documented behaviors for [the resident] on the facility’s Behavior Tracking Sheet for May 2016.”
As a part of the investigation, review of the resident’s 05/15/2016 Care Plan revealed that “release lap buddy at every opportunity such as meals, activities, and one on one time. Document the amount of time [the] restraint is released every shift.”
- Failure to Provide a Standard of Care to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/10/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, and noted the facility’s failure to “implement plan interventions for a resident with known pressure ulcers [and a failure to] identify a pressure ulcer until it progressed to a Stage II.”
The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to perform weekly skin assessments, [and a failure to] identify a resident with incontinent and mobility limitations as a high risk for pressure ulcer and implement interventions for the prevention of a pressure ulcer. These failures resulted with the resident identified at low risk for pressure ulcers to develop a stage III pressure ulcer” that could have been prevented.
Morrison Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has developed facility-acquired bedsores or was restrained against their authorization while residing as a patient at Resthave Home – Whiteside County, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our respected Morrison attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve neglect, abuse, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois nursing homes.
We urge you to contact our Whiteside County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your complimentary, no-obligation extensive claim for compensation review evaluation. There is no requirement to make an upfront payment because we accept every nursing home claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.