Many residents of nursing facilities are at high risk of developing bedsores, especially if they have mobility challenges or are unable to change position easily while in a bed or seated. Various factors can increase the potential of developing bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcers) including age, weight loss, minimal sensory perception, bowel incontinence, dehydration and poor nutrition.
However, nearly all developing cases of pressure sores can be prevented if the medical team follows protocol of monitoring the resident’s skin and taking quick action at the first sign of a bedsore. Unfortunately, many facilities are understaffed or lack the necessary training to ensure ultimate skin care of the residents at highest risk for developing skin wounds.
Our legal team of dedicated lawyers fight to protect the rights of Illinois nursing home residents to ensure their well-being and safety. We post current data provided by state and federal agencies on opened investigations, filed complaints and surveyor concerns involving assisted-living homes and nursing facilities statewide. Many families with a loved one in need of skilled nursing or rehabilitation care use this information to make a well-informed decision when choosing a nursing home.
River Bluff Nursing Home
River Bluff Nursing Home is a 304-bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing medical services, nursing care and hygiene assistance to residents of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
4401 North Main St.
Rockford, IL 61103
In addition to nursing services, the River Bluff Nursing Home also provides restorative services and rehabilitation therapies.
Nursing Home Patient Safety Concerns
The federal government, through its website www.Medicare.gov, releases overall star rating summaries on nursing facilities nationwide. The five-star rating summary helps the consumer evaluate the efficiency, management and safety concerns in nursing facilities before placing a loved one in the home for care. Currently, River Bluff Nursing Home maintains and overall four out of five stars rating – considered above average – compared other facilities in the United States. This includes three out of five stars for “health inspections,” two out of five stars for “Quality Measures” and four out of five stars for “staffing.”
The Rockford Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many file complaints and open investigations involving River Bluff Nursing Home some of these involve:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Environment Free of Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/11/2015, during an annual licensure and certification survey, notes were made of the facility’s failure “to follow wound care product recommendations for product usage and removal. The facility failed to cleanse the wound in a manner to avoid potential trauma to the surrounding tissue and discomfort to the resident.” This notation is made in response to a March 2015 incident involving a resident diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, stress incontinence and multiple sclerosis.
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/03/2008, a complaint investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure to “identify open areas on [a resident’s] sacral area.” This is in response to a resident who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, dementia and diabetes. The notation indicates that on 12/14/07 the resident “was readmitted to the facility from the hospital with no open or reddened areas present. However, by 1/2/08, a CNA at the facility told a staff nurse that the resident’s sacral area was “getting very red.” When nurses were interviewed concerning the problem, one nurse indicated that “she saw four open areas on [the resident] and reported to the nurse on 12/25/07.” However, the “nurse did not document it.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one have suffered serious injuries, abuse or harm while residing at River Bluff Nursing Home or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal help. Our team of dedicated attorneys can ensure that your rights are protected and take immediate action to correct the problem. We assist victims and families who wish to hold those responsible for harm legally and financially accountable.
Contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an appointment to evaluate your case for financial compensation. We accept all personal injury cases, medical malpractice claims and nursing home abuse lawsuits on contingency. This means we provide immediate legal assistance, representation and counsel without the need of you paying any upfront fee.