All staff members in nursing homes nationwide are required to report any incident or allegation of abuse immediately if they suspect, witnessed or heard about to the facility’s Administrator and appropriate State Agencies. These laws are designed to protect the abused individual from further harm. Unfortunately, many facilities failed to follow these protocols it was determined that the allegation is likely bogus. Sadly, the Winchester elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many individuals who were continuously harmed by their abuser while residing at their nursing home.Scott County Nursing Center
Scott County Nursing Center is a 49-certified-bed Government-County owned and operated nursing facility providing services to residents of Winchester and Scott County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepting facility is located at:
Rural Route 2Winchester Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Winchester, IL 62694
Families often review the publicly available information updated from the state of Illinois and the federal government on all nursing facilities nationwide. The data provides insight into the historical documents of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every nursing home with the results posted on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Scott County Nursing Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary comparative analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Winchester nursing home neglect attorneys have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/06/2013, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "adequately cleanse glucometers after resident use.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident “who required glucose monitoring.”
The state investigator observed a Registered Nurse in the afternoon of 12/04/2015 obtaining “a blood sugar reading from [a resident] using a glucometer.” The registered nurse then “obtained a blood sugar reading from [a different resident] using the same glucometer [...and] failed to disinfect the glucometer before doing the blood sugar reading for [the second resident].” The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s “Procedure for Disinfecting Blood Glucose Monitors” that reads in part:
“All blood glucose monitors should be disinfected between each use and before storage… a solution or Sanicloths containing a solution of 10% bleach is to be used.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Administrator in the morning of 12/06/2013 stated that “the facility uses disinfection wipes containing bleach, and they are to be used when disinfecting the glucometers.”
- Failure to Investigate or Report a Case of Abuse or Allegation of Abuse Involving a Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/22/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “report an allegation of abuse immediately to the Administrator for potential abuse incidences.” As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s undated Final Incident Investigation Report documenting “an alleged abuse allegation made by [a resident at the facility].”
The report revealed that a resident “made an allegation of abuse by two Certified Nurse Aides (CNAs) on 02/02/2013 before 4:00 AM and 4:30 AM.” The document revealed the resident “accused one of the Certified Nurse Aides of punching her in the back. Staff reported resident’s statements immediately to the nursing staff [...and] nursing staff reported to the Administrator.”
However, an interview conducted by the state investigator with the facility’s Administrator at 11:25 AM on 02/15/2013 noted that the Administrator stated the resident “has a history of making false allegations against staff and they always have two staff to care for her due to allegations.” The Administrator also stated that “she got a note from the nurse around 8:30 AM [...and] confirmed the allegation happened around 4:00 AM – 4:30 AM [...and] stated an investigation was conducted with no findings of abuse.” The Administrator also noted that the nursing staff “should have called her when [the resident] made the allegation around 4:00 AM – 4:30 AM.”
- Failure to Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/22/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “revise and operationalize its abuse policy by failing to report allegations of abuse immediately to the Administrator and allowed staff to continue to work with residents once the allegation of abuse was made.” The investigator noted that the current policy states:
“Employees are required to report any incident, allegation or suspicion of potential abuse, neglect or mistreatment they observe, hear about or suspect to the Administrator or an immediate supervisor who must then immediately report it to the Administrator.”
If your loved one has been abuse, mistreatment, neglect or harm in any way while residing at Scott County Nursing Center, or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Winchester nursing home abuse attorneys can work on your behalf to obtain the financial compensation your family deserves.
Contact our Scott County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary.