Doctors providing care to nursing home residents will often prescribe specialty thickened liquids or puréed diets, especially to patients who do not have the ability to swallow without choking. Unfortunately, staff members at many Illinois nursing facilities often fail to follow a patient’s Plan of Care and allow the resident to eat traditional food without supervision or monitoring. As a result, patients have been known to choke to death. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have been harmed or died prematurely due to the reckless actions of caregivers while they resided in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Robing Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center.
Robing Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ 75-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepted facility providing nursing services to residents of Brighton and Macoupin County Illinois. The Nursing Home is located at:
502 N. Main
Brighton, IL 62012
The facility is associated with the Peterson Health Care System and provides 24/7 skilled nursing care along with Alzheimer’s/dementia care, memory care, and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Brighton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies regularly update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of every facility in the United States.
Currently, Robing Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare star rating summary comparison analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. The Macoupin County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies at this facility that involves:
- Failure to Provide Incontinence Care in a Way to Minimize the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide complete incontinent care for [three residents at the facility] reviewed for incontinent care.” The investigator’s findings involved the actions of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on the morning of 12/16/2015.
At that time, the CNA “was providing incontinence care for [a resident].” The CNA “began washing the front of the resident and washed the upper inner aspects of both thighs.” However, the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not wash [the resident’s] penis or scrotum [...and] turned the resident to his right side and began washing [the resident’s] anal areas and buttocks and was wiping from back to front.”
The investigator interviewed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the facility on the same morning who stated that the CNA “should not be wiping the resident’s buttocks from back to front.” As a part of the investigation it was noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Robing Manor RHC failed to follow the facility’s 10/21/2010 Perineal Cleansing Policy that reads in part:
“Wash pubic area, including the upper inner aspect of both thighs as well as the penis and scrotum… Wash under the scrotum.”
- Failure to Provide a Therapeutic Diet as Prescribed by the Resident’s Physician
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/03/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "follow the therapeutic diet as ordered by a physician.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident at the facility diagnosed with dementia.
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 10/20/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) that documented “diet changed to puréed meat with mechanical soft sides and honey thick liquids. No chunky fruit or raw vegetables.”
However, the resident was observed on the afternoon of 11/02/2015 sitting “in the dining room eating vegetable soup in a plastic food container.” At that time, the resident was seen “feeding herself dice size chunks of ground meat and vegetables.” That same day, the resident’s “son stated he brought the vegetable soup from home for [the resident]” stating that “he served the soup to [the resident after the Dietary Manager] told him it was okay.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Speech therapist later that afternoon who stated that “she recommended the puréed meat on October 20 at 2015 after finding out the resident cannot elicit swallowing ground meat during evaluation.” The Speech Therapist “stated ground meat was not the safest consistency for [the resident] and what happens is [the resident] would pocket the food and there will be a risk for aspiration later with the pocketed food.”
Brighton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has been injured or died prematurely while residing at Robbing Manor Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can ensure your loved one receives the highest level of care while assisting you in obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves from those who caused the harm.
We encourage you to contact our Madison County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no-obligation case evaluation at no charge to you. We accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home neglect/abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means we provide immediate legal representation and are paid for our services only after we have successfully resolved your case through an out-of-court settlement or jury award.