Before any nurse can be hired and placed on the floor to provide care to Illinois nursing home residents, they must first pass a background check in accordance with state law. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities follow these procedures, guidelines, and protocols, which has the potential of placing the safety and well-being of every resident in jeopardy, if the newly hired employee has a criminal history of neglect or abuse. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of abuse who reside in Illinois nursing facilities like Rosewood Care Center of Alton.
Rosewood Care Center of Alton
This Nursing Facility is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Alton and Madison County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted 106-certified-bed Center is located at:
3490 Humbert Road
Alton, IL 62002
The facility provides individualized therapies including speech, occupational and physical therapy along with specialized services including:
- Stroke therapy
- Amputation care
- Fracture care
- IV therapy
- Safety training
- Pain management
- Respite care
- Tracheotomy care
- Wound VAC services
- Family and resident education
- Chronic disease management
- Home exercise programs
- Neuromuscular disorder care
- Hip/knee replacement rehabilitation
Alton 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 filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently Rosewood Care Center of Alton maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare comparison analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, four out of five stars for health inspections in two out of five stars for quality measures. The Madison County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have located deficiencies and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/20/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice concerning the nursing home’s failure to “obtain results of the fingerprint check to determine if an employee had a prior criminal history which would disqualify them for employment and document timeliness of obtaining healthcare worker background checks of four employees… reviewed for pre-employment screening. This has the potential to affect all of the 77 residents living in the facility"
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s 01/25/2016 Nurse Aide Roster that revealed that a “Certified Nursing Aide (CAN) was hired on 12/20/2016.” It was noted that the Health Care Worker Register Background Check has no documentation of the date that the background check was performed.”
In addition, there is no documentation of the employee’s hire date that a background check was performed and this is “also has no documentation of a fingerprint check being performed before the date of hire.” A different Certified Nursing Assistant was hired on 01/07/2016 and there is no documentation in the Health Care Worker Registry background check “that a background check was performed.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the administration at the facility failed to follow their March 2011 policy titled: Abuse Prevention Policy that reads in part:
“Screen Potential Employees and Resident: The facility checks the Illinois Health Care Worker Registry for disqualifiers… and complies with the requirements set forth in the Health Care Worker Background Check Act."
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/20/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to supervise toilet use for [a resident] reviewed for falls.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Assistant approaching the 600 Hall nurses’ station on the morning of 01/27/2016 who stated that the resident “is in there on the toilet, I hope she doesn’t try to get up.” The CNA returned to the resident’s room two minutes later and came out three minutes later stating “I know I’m not supposed to leave [the resident] on the toilet alone.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing that morning who stated “that the facility does not have a policy addressing leaving a resident alone on the toilet.”
A review of the facility’s 01/14/2016 Incident/Accident Report documents that a resident was “taken to the bathroom by a CNA [...and] given a call light and reminded to pull it when done.” The CNA “stayed in the room to fix the bed [...and] heard the resident get up but she didn’t return in time before [the resident] sat down on the bathroom floor. No sign of injuries other than an oval shape bruise was scab at distal and noted to [the resident’s] right upper arm.
Alton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while a patient at Rosewood Care Center of Alton, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Our knowledgeable Illinois nursing home attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve neglect and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
We urge you to contact our Madison County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.