According to Medicare and Medicaid, every facility-acquired pressure ulcer (bedsore; pressure sore; pressure wound; decubitus ulcer) can be prevented if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures. This includes ensuring the resident’s body is repositioned at least once every two hours, the resident is well hydrated, receives adequate nutrition and has routine skin assessments to detect any signs of newly developed sores. Unfortunately, many nurses and certified nursing aides lack sufficient training by their facility in providing the level of care required to ensure the resident does not acquire a bedsore. Sadly, the Rochelle elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered from preventable life-threatening sores.
Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a Petersen Health Care Network-affiliated 50-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility providing services to residents of Rochelle and Ogle County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
900 N. 3rd St.
Rochelle, Illinois 61068
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center also offers Alzheimer care, memory care, and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Rochelle Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Data on every nursing facility in the United States is publicly available on numerous sites including Medicare.gov. This information includes a history of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints. Many families use this information as an effective solution for deciding where to place a loved one in a nursing home within their community who requires the highest level of hygiene and health care.
Currently, Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system comparative analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health inspections. Our Rochelle nursing home neglect attorneys have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Services to Residents to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/16/2014, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure residents at high risk for skin breakdown, pressure reducing interventions were implemented, and new wounds were reported.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of wound treatments.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center affected three residents at the facility reviewed for pressure sores.
One failure involved a resident with a 04/19/2015 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting a diagnosis of urosepsis, pressure ulcers, pneumonia, and diabetes.” An observation was made at 9:25 PM on 05/12/2014 when the resident “was in bed having pressure ulcer treatment and dressing applied to the coccyx, and right and left ischial tuberosity areas. The wounds were packed with Silver Alginate and covered with foam dressing. [The resident] complained of discomfort in the wound areas [saying] ‘not bad now, but hurts when they poke around’.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s Care Plan “does not identify the staging or specific treatment plan for the pressure ulcers. The Care Plan interventions include having the nurse measure and monitor the wound status progression of deterioration every week. The investigator noted that the actions and lack of action by the nursing staff at Rochelle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center failed to follow established nursing home procedures and protocols and the facility’s May 2007 policy titled: Decubitus Care that reads in part:
“Documentation of the pressure wound must occur upon identification and at least once each week on the treatment record. Reevaluate the treatment for response at least every 2 to 4 weeks. Most pressure areas will respond to treatment in this amount of time. If no improvement is seen in this timeframe, contact the physician for a new treatment order.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/26/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure the resident did not develop a new pressure area by not having complete skin assessments, reporting newly identified skin breakdown, and failing to identify pressure area prior to the wound developing to a Stage II opening.”
An observation was made at 10:05 AM on 08/22/2015 with the facility’s Charge Nurse/LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) and a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) while assisting a resident “to turn while in bed.” The resident stated that “he gets sore when he lies in the same place too long.” During the observation, it was revealed that the resident had two open abraded areas and one small skin slip on the upper buttocks area where the open wounds “were weeping serosanguinous drainage on the bed linens.” However, the investigator noted that the “facility list of residents with pressure ulcers dated 08/22/2013 does not list [the resident].”
Rochelle Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injury to the negligent actions of the nursing staff at Rochelle Rehab and Health Care Center or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Ogle County elder abuse attorneys offer free, no-obligation case evaluations to determine the merits of your case and can handle every aspect of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. contact our Rochelle Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free consultation. No upfront fees are necessary because we accept all personal injury cases on contingency.