Maintaining a sanitary environment in a nursing facility is detrimental to the health and well-being of every resident. This is because every individual lives in close proximity and shares common equipment, eating utensils and bathroom facilities. If the nursing staff and employees fail to follow established procedures and protocols on sanitation, the results could be catastrophic to a resident with a compromised immune system. Unfortunately, the Shelbyville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered injury or wrongful death caused by a preventable infection due to the negligent actions of employees and the nursing staff.
Shelbyville Manor is a 109-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating corporate nursing facility providing services to residents in Shelbyville and Shelby County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1111 West N. 12th St.
Shelbyville, Illinois 62565
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Shelbyville Manor also provides assisted living solutions, Alzheimer’s care, and their Bounce Back Rehabilitation program.
Shelbyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that the state and federal nursing home databases reflect the most current opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their systems. The results can be found on numerous sites online including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Shelbyville Manor maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary/comparative analysis tool system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues, and health inspections. However, our Shelbyville nursing home neglect attorneys located deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That the Working Call System Is Available in Every Resident’s Room, Bathing Area or Bathroom
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "maintain a functioning resident call system for the East Bathroom on the 100 Hall. This has the potential to affect five residents reviewed for call lights.”
The failure was first documented at 2:01 PM on 04/21/2016 when it was noted that the “100 Hall East bathroom emergency call light adjacent to the toilet did not have a pull cord to activate the nurse call system.” At the time of the observation, maintenance “was present, stated there should be a rope hanging off of it.” During the same observation, there was no pull cord activation in the shower stall. The state investigator reviewed the resident list and noted that there were eight residents at the facility “who use the East bathroom on the 100 Hall.”
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Are Safe from the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/25/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to adequately cleanse glucometers after resident use.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Shelbyville Manor affected one resident at the facility “who require glucose monitoring.”
The failure was first documented at 11:15 AM on 04/24/2015 upon observation of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “doing check on [a resident, and after they were finished the LPN “washed her hands, came out of [the resident’s room, with the glucometer in her pocket without leaving the glucometer. When asked if she had done any other IQ checks to do, she said yes.” The LPN stated that another resident “needs an Accucheck.”
Even though the LPN washed her hands before performing the Accucheck on the next resident, the nurse “walked out of the room and put the glucometer in her pocket without cleaning the glucometer.” The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at the facility failed to follow state and federal nursing home regulations and the facility’s May 2012 policy titled Policy and Procedure on Glucose Monitoring that reads in part:
“The glucometer machine should be disinfected between uses, using a 10% bleach wipe.”
The investigator interviewed the Licensed Practical Nurse at 1:00 PM on 04/24/2013 and was asked: “what she would have cleansed the glucometer with?” In response, the Licensed Practical Nurse “went to the locked storage area where the medication carts are stored and showed [the investigator] the sodium hypochloride wipes.” When the inspector told the LPN “that [they] did not see her clean the glucometer with the wipe, she said she did not use those wipes to clean the glucometer, she said she cleaned the glucometer with an alcohol wipe.”
Shelbyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered injury or a wrongful death due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff or employees at any Illinois nursing facility, including Shelbyville Manor, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves. Our Shelby County elder abuse attorneys have experience in handling personal injury claims for compensation and will take every step necessary to hold those responsible for your loved one’s harm legally and financially accountable.
To successfully resolve your personal injury case, we encourage you to contact our Shelbyville Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. All cases are accepted on contingency to avoid an upfront fee.