Any use of a physical restraint without a medical justification and proper authorization along with the signed informed consent by the resident or resident’s responsible party is against the law. Even so, many nursing facilities fail to follow procedures and protocols and often use restraints to minimize the level of supervision provided to the resident. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many patients residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Sauk Valley Senior Living who have been restrained against their will without proper authorization.
Sauk Valley Senior Living
This Nursing Center is a 55-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Rock Falls and Whiteside County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-approved Nursing Facility is located at:
1000 Dixon Avenue
Rock Falls, IL 61071
Rock Falls Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be obtained through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. Many families use this data to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their patients.
Currently, Sauk Valley Senior Living maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative analysis system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Whiteside County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free from Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2016, an Illinois state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “ensure a resident was not physically restrained by being positioned in a locked wheelchair positioned under the desk.”
Observations were made of the resident on June 7, 8, 9 and 10, 2016 during the investigator’s survey hours when the resident “was not being fed in the dining room or in her room.” The state investigator noted that at these times the resident “was positioned at the desk at the main Nurses’ Station in a locked wheelchair with her legs underneath the desk [...and] spent her days during the survey in her locked wheelchair with her legs positioned under the desk, attempting to stand frequently.”
An interview was conducted with a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at 9:45 AM on 06/09/2016 who revealed that the resident “is positioned with her legs under the desk and her wheelchair locked because ‘she stays put’ that way and we know where she is. We have always done it that way.”
An interview was conducted with the facility Activity Director on the morning of 06/09/2016 who stated that “the reason [the resident] is placed at the desk and her wheelchair is locked is to prevent her from falling." An interview with the facility Restorative CNA that same morning revealed that “she has known [the resident] since 1969 and she [the resident] is positioned in her locked wheelchair with her legs under the desk for fall prevention." The Restorative CNA also stated that the resident “is unable to unlock the wheelchair herself.
The facility Director of Nursing stated that same morning that “a restraint is something that prohibits a resident from doing something they are capable of doing.” The Administrator stated the following day on 06/10/2016 that the resident “is not capable of moving the desk she is positioned under in her locked wheelchair every day.”
A reviewed of the resident’s 03/23/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealed the resident "requires extensive assistance to transfer and has non-Alzheimer’s dementia.”
The investigator noted that the MDS did not reveal any medical justification for restrain the resident and that no restraint assessment had been performed." The investigator also said that “this facility does not recognize placing [the resident] with her legs under the desk with her wheelchair locked as a restraint.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that the actions of the nursing staff an administrator at the facility failed to follow their 08/18/2011 Restraint Policy that reads in part:
“Restraint shall not be used for convenience and residential be allowed to be free of restraints which are not required to treat the resident’s medical conditions. This restraint policy defines a restraint as any mechanical device adjacent to the resident’s body which the individual cannot remove easily and which restricts freedom of movement."
Rock Falls Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your spouse, parent or grandparent has had any sign or symptom of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at Sauk Valley Senior Living, it is crucial to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC immediately. Let our experienced Rock Falls attorneys legally represent your family in filing and resolving your claim for compensation against the nursing home, Administrator and staff members who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Whiteside County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.