A well-developed Care Plan in an Illinois nursing facility can ensure that the resident’s health and well-being are maintained. The Care Plan is essentially a list of interventions, directions, and guidelines on how the nursing staff will provide the highest level of care. Unfortunately, the Lacon Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many dissatisfied residents who have suffered needlessly through the negligent actions of the medical staff failing to follow their Plan of Care.
The resident and their family members have the legal right to be involved in the development and implementation of their Plan of Care. In fact, family participation is crucial to ensure that the nursing staff collects valuable facts and information on what must be provided to the resident to ensure their safety and the improvement of their medical condition. Often times, the nursing staff will provide numerous conferences with a family member and resident to ensure that the Care Plan provides accurate directives, preferences, and medications the resident is currently taking.
Unfortunately, many residents feel intimidated when participating in making the best choices for their own health. However, it is essential that the resident and family members describe their concerns, feelings and any questions they have in planning goals and interventions to ensure the highest level of treatment. This includes asking the doctor and staff members about the resident’s current treatment, care, and condition.
The nursing staff is required to perform a health assessment to review the resident’s current health conditions beginning at the time of admittance to the facility that must be completed in the first 14 days. In addition, an update to the health assessment must be made every three months (90 days) and more often if there is any change in your medical/mental status. In addition, the staff must perform regular, ongoing assessments of your medical condition to determine any changes to your health status and make necessary adjustments to your Plan of Care when required.St. Joseph Nursing Home
Saint Joseph Nursing Home is a 93-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Lacon and Marshall County, Illinois. The facility is located:
401 9th Street
Lacon, Illinois 61540
St. Joseph Nursing Home offers physical, occupational, and speech therapy as well as around-the-clock skilled nursing care.Lacon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to keep nursing home information current, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their databases and post the information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to make a well-informed decision before placing a loved one in a nursing facility in their community to ensure they receive the highest level of care.
Through the federal government star rating summary system, St. Joseph Nursing Home currently maintains an overall four out of five available star rating, compared to every other facility in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health concerns in two out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Lacon nursing home neglect attorneys have located a serious deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Develop a Complete Care Plan That Meets All of the Resident’s Needs with Measurable Timetables and Actions
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/01/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "Care Plan interventions for [5 residents at the facility] review for assistive devices.” As a part of the investigation, the state investigator reviewed the resident’s physician’s orders and current Care Plan of March 2016 that “does not contain interventions related to the use of [the resident’s] splints or Advance Directives.”
In this incident, the resident’s medical record documents that interventions for the resident’s medical treatment monitoring “were not added to the [resident’s] Care Plan until 03/17/2016”, or more than a month after the resident was admitted to the facility.” The facility’s Care Plan Coordinator stated at 11:30 AM on 04/01/2016 that “I know it should have been updated sooner. I add to the interim Care Plan as I go.”
The Care Plan Coordinator admitted that the resident’s “Advanced Directives should be included in [the resident’s] Care Plan and is not.” The investigator also noted that the resident’s current Care Plan, last updated March 2016, “does not contain interventions related to [the resident’s] advanced directives.”
If you or your loved one have suffered needlessly through the negligent actions of the nursing staff failing to follow your Plan of Care while residing in any nursing facility including St. Joseph Nursing Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Marshall County elder abuse attorneys can take immediate action to hold those responsible for your harm both legally and financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Lacon Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to arrange a no obligation, free case evaluation. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home neglect claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means you are provided immediate legal services that are only paid after we negotiate your acceptable out of court settlement or win your case in a lawsuit trial in front of a judge and jury.