Many Illinois nursing home residents require a higher level of skilled nursing care to ensure their health and safety are maintained. Because of that, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants must follow plans of care and provide assistive devices used appropriately in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow procedures or provide adequate training and monitoring of the nursing staff to ensure these protocols are followed. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have suffered serious injury due to negligent caregivers while residing in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Sterling Pavilion.
This Nursing Facility is a Medicaid/Medicare-accepted 121-certified-bed Center providing services to residents of Sterling and Whiteside County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
105 East 23rd Street
Sterling, IL 61081
This facility provides long- and short-term nursing care, respite care, holistic personal care plans, dementia care and Alzheimer’s disease care.
Sterling Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. This data can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Sterling Pavilion maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative analysis system. This includes three 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 Whiteside County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/16/2016, a notation was made by the state surveyor regarding the nursing home's failure to “Ensure residents are transferred in a safe manner when using a sit-to-stand mechanical lift.” The deficient practice affected three residents at the facility.
One failure was first noted by the state investigator after observing a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) transferring a resident “from the wheelchair to the toilet and back to the wheelchair using a sit-to-stand mechanical lift.” The resident “remained in a sitting position with her knees flexed during both transfers and released her right hand from the grab bar during the transfer back to the wheelchair.”
The following morning at 8:30 AM, the CNA transferred the resident “from the toilet to the recliner using the sit-to-stand mechanical lift [while the resident] had her knees flexed in a sitting position and let go of the grab bar with her right hand during the transfer." Later that morning at 10:55 AM, another CNA transferred the resident “from the recliner to the toilet using the sit-to-stand mechanical lift [while the resident] had her knees flexed and was in a sitting position during the transfer. The leg straps were not secure during the transfer.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan dated 02/06/2016 revealed that the resident has decreased mobility and instructs “the resident to position hands on the lift to and remove hands from the lift once on another surface.” However, the Resident’s Cognitive Impairment Care Plan revealed that the resident is “cognitively impaired due to dementia, has poor short-term memory, poor reasoning and/or judgment and may be easily distracted.”
The Care Plan also indicates that the resident “is at risk for falls due to a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, Parkinson’s disease, and dementia." Additional documentation shows that the resident has “a decreased ability to stand and transfer and staff should follow the restorative assessment for weight bearing status.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care on 09/13/2016 transferred the resident “from the bed to the toilet using a sit-to-stand mechanical lift [while the resident] remained in a sitting position with her knees flexed during the transfer.” During an interview, the CNA stated “she does not know why [the resident] does not stand during the lift transfer but [the resident] does not like it.” The investigator interviewed the resident and asked “why she does not stand up during the transfer and [the resident] said it’s because it hurts her knees.”
As a part of the investigation, it was noted that “the facility must ensure that the resident environment remains as free of accident hazards as is possible, and each resident receives adequate supervision and assistive devices to prevent accidents.”
Sterling Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one died prematurely or suffered serious injury while a resident at Sterling Pavilion, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Sterling nursing home attorneys have represented clients in victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your complimentary, comprehensive claim for compensation evaluation. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.