Every nursing facility in Illinois must follow procedures and protocols when using physical restraints on their patients. These established regulations ensure that the patient is not restrained against their will and without proper authorization. Unfortunately, many nursing homes use physical restraints to minimize the level of supervision and ongoing monitoring of residents who are cognitively impaired or require additional levels of care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent nursing home patients who have been restrained against their will without authorization who reside in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like Sunset Home – Quincy.
Sunset Home – Quincy
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved ‘not for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois. The 182-certified-bed Facility is located at:
418 Washington Street
Quincy, IL 62301
In addition to providing skilled nursing and intermediate care, the facility also offers respite services, adult day care, memory care, rehabilitation services, hospice care and independent living options.
Quincy Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each nursing facility in the US can be downloaded on state and federal database sites including Medicare.gov. These government-operated regulatory agencies routinely update their list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations on nursing homes nationwide.
Currently, Sunset Home – Quincy maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Adams County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed the health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2016, a state investigator noted the facility's failure to "complete a pre-restraining assessment, complete quarterly restraint of re-evaluations, implement a restraint reductions plan and identify a bed rail as a restraint and entrapment risk for one resident.” The failure of the nursing staff involved a resident observed between 08/01/2016 and 08/04/2016 “in a tilt wheelchair tilted approximate 45 degrees and also had a lap belt fastened around her waist.”
A review of the resident’s 07/27/2016 Care Plan documents that the resident “uses a pelvic positioning device (lap belt restraint) in her wheelchair related to poor posture and is unaware of safety issues due to a diagnosis of dementia.” The investigator noted that “the Care Plan does not address a restraint reduction plan.” In addition, the resident’s medical records from October 2015 through 08/03/2016 “did not include documentation of a pre-restraint assessment, quarterly re-evaluations of the lap belt, or a restraint reduction plan.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility Director of Nursing on the morning of 08/04/2016 verified “there is no documentation of [the resident’s] lap belt pre-restraint assessment, quarterly re-evaluations, or restraint reduction plans.”
In addition, an observation was made of the resident’s bed that had bilateral half rails on 08/01/2016 and 08/02/2016. A review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessments dated 01/21/2016 and 07/21/2016 “do not document [the resident] use of bed rails.” In addition, the resident’s current Physician Order Sheets (POS) “do not document an order for bed rail use.”
The facility Director of Nursing verified the resident has been severely impaired cognition since admission a 2011 and stated that the resident “is not aware of her safety needs, is unable to consent to the use of bed rails, and is unable to use side rails to aid with mobility upon command.” The Director also stated that “the facility policy for side rails documents the resident must be able to request the use of side rails.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator at the facility failed to follow the undated Policy and Procedure for Safe Use of Bed Rails and Physical Restraint Policy that read in part:
“Bed rails are considered restraints; this includes full and half side rails. The only time a bed rail can be used in the facility is when the resident requests or approves of a device to be used to increase his/her independence and mobility.”
“Prior to placing a restraint on a resident, there shall be a pre-restraining assessment and review to determine the need for the restraint. The assessment shall be used to determine possible causes of the problematic symptom and to determine if there are less restrictive interventions that may improve the symptom.”
Quincy Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your grandparent, parent or spouse died prematurely or suffered serious injury while a resident at Sunset Home – Quincy, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. For years, our Quincy attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation.
We urge you to contact our Adams County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive case review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.