Performing extensive research is often required before placing a loved one in a nursing facility in Illinois. This is because many assisted-living homes and nursing facilities receive below average inspection ratings due to lack of maintenance, mismanagement, abuse and signs of neglect. Some facilities lack proper training to ensure a clean environment and safe is provided to all residents.
Our law firm is dedicated to serving as a legal advocate for Illinois nursing facility residents. We post the most up-to-date data involving complaints, investigations and surveys using information posted by federal and state agencies. Many families use this valuable information as a tool to decide which neighboring nursing facilities will provide proper care for a loved one to ensure they are treated with all the respect and dignity they deserve.
Rock River Health Care
Rock River Health Care is a 130-bed nursing facility providing medical services, skilled nursing care and hygiene assistance to residents in Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
707 West Riverside Blvd.
Rockford, IL 61103
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, www.Medicare.com updates nursing home information through an overall star rating summary allowing the consumer quick access to data when comparing nursing homes. Currently, Rock River Health Care maintains an overall one out of five stars rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes one out of five stars for health inspections in two out of five stars for both quality measures and staffing.
The Rockford Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous investigations and complaints concerning Rock River Health Care. Some of these investigations involve:
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Infections:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to ensure staff use personal protective equipment to reduce cross-contamination and the spread of infection” when handling a resident with C. diff (Clostridium difficile), an easily spreadable bacterium. This investigation is in response to a June 13, 2015 incident where an “isolation cart outside [the resident’s] room had no isolation gown on it. [Two] CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) transferred [the resident] to a wheelchair without wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) gowns.”
- Failure to Maintain a Residential Environment Free of Abuse:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/12/2013, a complaint investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to ensure that an allegation of abuse was thoroughly investigated.” This is in response to an incident occurring on 12/11/13 where a certified nursing assistant stated, “I reported an allegation of abuse for [a resident] earlier this week. [The resident] said that the CNAs were not washing her and that they tell her to shut up. I told my nurse [a staff LPN] and I told [a staff social worker].”
However, the social worker indicated that “no one reported any abuse allegation to me.” The resident later complained that she “was red under her breasts and in her groin because she had not been washed.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/03/2013, “an immediate jeopardy situation was identified” when a resident “began displaying verbal and physical aggression toward other residents.” Even though the resident was removed from the nursing home, investigators noted that “the facility remains out of compliance at a severity level 2 due to the need to assess all residents for their potential for abuse, review and revise care plans with behavioral interventions, and evaluate the implementation of their policy and procedure for aggressive behavior.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or a loved one, have suffered serious harm, abuse or injuries while residing at Rock River Health Care or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you seek financial recompense for your damages. Our team of dedicated attorneys can take immediate legal action to ensure your well-being and safety.
We encourage you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys or schedule an appointment for a case evaluation. All shared information remains confidential. We accept these types of cases on contingency, meaning no upfront fees or retainers are required for immediate legal representation.