Any skin degradation involving an Illinois nursing home resident has the potential of causing a life-threatening bedsore. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow established procedures and protocols when providing skin treatment, skin assessment, and monitoring. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes properly train their Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many individuals who have suffered serious facility-acquired bedsores while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like River North of Bradley Health and Rehabilitation.
River North of Bradley Health and Rehabilitation
This Nursing Center is a 120-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Bradley and Kankakee County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Nursing Facility is located at:
650 North Kinzie
Bradley, IL 60915
In addition to providing 24-hour professional skilled nursing care, the home also offers rehabilitation services.
Bradley Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints on nationwide nursing homes can be viewed on federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, River North of Bradley Health and Rehab maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for both quality measures and staffing concerns and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Kankakee County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Due to a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/20/2016, a formal complaint was opened against the facility by a state investigator for its failure to “assess, monitor and notify the physician of a change in the resident’s skin condition.”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings of a resident originally “admitted to the facility from the hospital on 08/13/2016 with multiple diagnoses including urinary tract infection.” The resident’s 08/13/2016 Nursing Admission Assessment revealed that the resident “has a redness on the coccyx area but not open and sometimes discoloration of the right hip.” The resident “was assessed as being at risk for skin alteration.”
The resident’s 08/19/2016 Progress Note revealed that the patient “has a poor appetite” and by 08/22/2016 revealed that “the resident has a fair appetite.” A body check of the patient’s skin was performed on 08/23/2016 and 08/26/2016 revealing the resident “had a dark pink skin on the bilateral buttock area and pink skin on the bilateral groins/inner thigh area.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 09/08/2016 who stated that the resident’s “body check sheets were made by the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). However, the resident’s body check sheets of August 19, 23 and 26 “did not have the initials of the nurses, indicating that the nurses did not see it and no assessment or evaluation was made in regards to the skin condition of [the patient].”
The Director stated that a recurrence of the worsening skin condition on the groin/inner thigh area “should have been assessed by the nurse and the physician should have been notified to obtain any treatment plan.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent the Development of Bedsores or Allow Existing Bedsores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/20/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “assess, monitor and implement pressure relieving methods to help prevent the development of pressure ulcers for [a patient] reviewed for incontinent care.”
The deficient practice was first noted by the state investigator who reviewed the resident’s September 2016 Admission Face Sheet revealing the resident “had a diagnosis of a fracture to the left lower leg, hypertension, breast cancer, major depressive disorder, diabetes mellitus type II, spondylosis, COPD, fibromyalgia and oxygen dependence."
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Assistants at 2:00 PM on 09/07/2016 who were assisting the resident “to stand and pivot to use a bedside commode. While providing peri-care to [the patient], an open area of skin on the right buttock was seen. The area was reddened and had a piece of dry flaky skin hanging from the edges of the wound.”
The investigator reviewed the patient’s Skin Assessment Monitoring Sheet filled out by the Certified Nursing Assistants that did not document any change to her skin in the previous two weeks.
Bradley Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one was victimized by caregivers, visitors or other residents at River North of Bradley Health and Rehabilitation, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Allow our reputable Bradley attorneys to handle and resolve your compensation case involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment that occurred in a nursing home in Illinois.
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