Many Illinois nursing home residents suffer from serious problems with the health of their skin. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to provide the highest level of skin care, skin assessments, monitoring and evaluations to eliminate the potential development of a life-threatening bedsore. Importantly, not all nursing homes provide adequate training and supervision of their nurses to ensure the resident’s health and well-being are maintained. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Rivershores Health and Rehabilitation Center who have developed facility-acquired bedsores due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Rivershores Health and Rehabilitation Center
This Nursing Facility is a Medicaid/Medicare-participating 103-certified-bed Center providing services to residents of Marseilles and LaSalle County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
578 West Commercial Street
Marseilles, IL 61341
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, the facility also offers short-term rehabilitation, Alzheimer’s dementia care, cardiac care, dialysis care, hospice care, respite care, wound care and orthopedic care.
Marseilles Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of facilities nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a Home.
Currently, Rivershores Health and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison Medicare rating summary system. This includes two out of five stars for staffing concerns and one out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. The LaSalle County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Responsible Party of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/26/2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey of their failure to “notify resident’s representative of a newly acquired pressure ulcer.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 04/22/2016 Nurses’ Notes that documents that the patient “has a new area to [the resident’s] middle back the does not resolve with repositioning.” The state investigator noted that the same form documents “that a treatment order was received for [the resident’s] middle back wound.” However, “this form does not contain documentation to [the resident’s] representative was notified of [the resident’s] new wound to the middle back.”
The state investigator interviewed the resident’s representative on the morning of 04/25/2016 who verified that they were “not notified of a wound on the resident’s middle back.” During an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing that same morning, it was verified that “a resident’s representative should have been notified of the pressure area or treatment orders.”
The state investigator noted that the facility failed to follow their own March 2016 policy titled: Change in Condition or Status – Notification Policy that reads in part:
“Our facility shall promptly notify the resident, his or her attending physician, and representative (sponsor) of changes in the resident’s medical/mental condition and/or status.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Allow Facility-Acquired Bedsores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/26/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “reposition residents and [a failure to] perform incontinence care.” The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 10/18/2015 Braden Scale Result indicating that the resident “is at high risk for pressure ulcers.” The investigator noted that the “form has not been updated quarterly as the facility policy documents.”
The resident’s 04/15/2016 through 04/21/2016 Weekly Pressure Ulcer report revealed that the resident “has an acquired Stage III wound on [their] left third finger… and another on [their] left fourth finger.” The resident’s 04/22/2016 Nurses Notes revealed “redness to [the resident’s] middle back the does not resolve with repositioning" and is a Stage I pressure ulcer.
Observations were made of the resident from 8:30 AM until 10:40 AM on 04/25/2016. The continuous observations were made while the resident remained in their chair “without being repositioned, nor was incontinence care performed during this time.” Again, observations were made that same day from 12:00 PM until 2:15 PM when the resident “was up in [their] chair without being repositioned.”
Marseilles Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Rivershores Health and Rehabilitation Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Our knowledgeable Marseilles attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against all parties who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our LaSalle County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.