Members of the nursing staff at every Illinois nursing facility are required by law to immediately notify the patient’s physician anytime there is a decline in their health. This notification ensures that the resident will receive immediate medical attention whenever necessary. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to provide adequate training to their nursing staff under the guidance of supervisors and directors, which is often detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of neglect and mistreatment who reside in Illinois nursing facilities like Rosewood Care Center of Swansea.
Rosewood Care Center of Swansea
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 120-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Swansea and St. Clair County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved Facility is located at:
100 Rosewood Village Drive
Swansea, IL 62226
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the facility also offers a variety of specialized services that include:
- Stroke therapy
- Amputation care
- Hip/knee replacement rehabilitation
- Pain management
- Post-operative wound care
- IV therapy
- Wound VAC services
- Chronic disease management
- Neuromuscular disorder care
- Fracture care
- Respite care
- Hospice care
- Long-term care
Swansea Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. This information can be reviewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Rosewood Care Center of Swansea maintains an overall two out of five available federal star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. The St. Clair County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers uncovered various deficiencies, violations, hazards and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/28/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to “timely notify the physician of weight loss, the growth in the mouth.”
The failure involved a moderately cognitively impaired resident whose 06/11/2016 Nurse’s Notes revealed that a Registered Nurse first “noticed a large irregular quarter shaped growth in the roof the resident’s mouth that is red in appearance. Does not appear to have drainage. The family is aware, does not feel resident needs to go to the emergency room but does want the medical doctor notified on Monday. Will continue to monitor.”
The facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing asked the resident on the afternoon of 06/24/2016 to open their mouth and noticed “a large beet red colored mass on the roof of her mouth measuring approximately 9.0 millimeters by 5.0 millimeters with two humps inside her mouth.” The resident “stated pills / medicine sometimes bothers her and get stuck on the roof or mouth but she is not in any pain at the moment.”
The resident’s 06/13/2016 (Monday) Nurse’s Notes at 10:27 AM documented by Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) revealed that the nurse had “left a message for the physician."
On 06/23/2016 at 8:30 AM, the facility Director of Nursing stated “I called and left a message at [the resident’s] doctor’s office. No, I did not talk with the doctor. The doctor’s office never called me back during my shift.” The following day at 2:23 PM the LPN stated that they had told the Director of Nursing regarding the sore in the resident’s mouth and believed that the director had “notify the physician.”
An interview was conducted with the resident’s physician at 1:14 AM on 06/23/2016 who stated “she had not seen [the resident] for over a year [...and] stated she has asked the facility for [the resident] to be seen by another doctor multiple times because [the resident] has not been seen in her office for quite some time." The doctor stated “she was not aware of any weight loss or mass in [the resident’s] mouth [...and] stated she had not been contacted for either of these issues.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Director and nursing staff at the facility failed to follow their February 2013 Change of Condition Reporting Form that reads in part:
“The facility will notify the resident’s physician and the resident’s representative whenever there is a significant change in the resident’s health, mental, or psychosocial status. … Notify the physician of a change in condition/incident/accident/unusual occurrence and assess findings.”
Swansea Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your parent, grandparent or spouse has been harmed or injured while residing at Rosewood Care Center of Swansea, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Swansea team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in Illinois nursing facilities.
We urge you to contact our St. Clair County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.