While many families place their loved one in a nursing facility in the hope that they receive quality care in a safe environment, many individuals are subjected to resident-to-resident assault. The aggressive nature of some residents at the facility is often exacerbated because they are heavily medicated or suffering mental conditions. Unfortunately, the Pleasant Valley Iowa elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered injury or premature death caused by resident-to-resident assault.
Riverview Manor is a 50-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Pleasant Valley, Scott County, Iowa and Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
17900 Spencer Rd.
Pleasant Valley, IA 52767
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, the facility also offers restorative nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and respite care.
Pleasant Valley Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families in the community have a comprehensive understanding of the level of care their nursing homes provide, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home database system. The updated information contains the complete history of opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns, and filed complaints of all facilities nationwide. The results of research can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Riverview Manor maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. Our Pleasant Valley Iowa nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Injuries
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure two mechanical lifts were in good repair.” An observation was made by the state investigator at 9:00 AM on 03/09/2016 with the facility’s Administrator, Environmental Supervisor and Maintenance Supervisor of the facility’s “EZ Way Smart Lift with the housing unit to the base that was not properly secured and a portion of the panel curled up from the base.”
The investigator noted that the “Medcare stand lift with the housing unit to the base was not properly secured in the platform (for the resident to stand on) was covered with dust and debris.”
- Failure to Ensure the Residents Remain Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide alternate interventions prior to the administration of antianxiety medication.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Riverview Manor affected two residents at the facility.
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident suffered from depression. As a result, the resident “received antipsychotic and antidepressant medication on seven of the previous seven days prior to the assessment.” This included a problem identified as physical behaviors symptoms toward others and resistant to care at times, with interventions that included:
- “Avoid overstimulation;
- Avoid power struggles with resident;
- Maintain a calm environment and approach to the resident;
- Provide consistent staff routines as much is possible;
- When a resident becomes physically abusive, stop and try task later.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyor reviewed the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) that revealed that 16 times between 01/04/2016 and 02/20/2016, the resident received their antipsychotic medication “without documentation of other interventions provided or attempted.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Act or Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to report an allegation of abuse to the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA) within 24 hours” as required by law.
The state investigator “reviewed an incident report dated 11/30/2015 and witnessed statements dated 11/29/2015.” The incident report documented that the resident had “reported to the Nurse that two girls before the night shift had thrown [them] to the ground. The nurse indicated no new injuries noted.” However, a 3:30 AM 12/02/2015 incident report revealed the identification of “a 5.0 centimeter by a 2.0-centimeter bruise to the right cheek area of [the resident]. This was identified as an unwitnessed injury of unknown origin.”
While the facility’s Director of Nurses “indicated an investigation was immediately initiated” the Director stated, “the nurse was unable to answer why she failed to report an allegation of abuse right away.”
Pleasant Valley Iowa Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
if your loved one has been harmed, injured, abused, mistreated or neglected while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Riverview Manor, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate action. Our team of Pleasant Valley nursing home abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of seeking the financial compensation you deserve for your damages.
Contact our Scott County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no-obligation initial consultation free of charge. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront retainer or fees are required.