Neglect by the nursing staff is one of the leading causes of serious injuries occurring in Illinois nursing facilities. Unfortunately, many facilities are understaffed, overcrowded or fail to provide their nurses appropriate training to ensure that every resident receives the highest level of care. Sadly, the Swansea elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident has suffered an untimely death or serious injury caused by neglect or mistreatment of their caregivers.Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 94-certified bed for-profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Swansea and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility Is located at:
1405 N. 2nd St.
Swansea, IL 62226
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides various services including nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s care, and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.Swansea Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to provide families all available information on opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on nursing facilities nationwide, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases. The historical updated information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating comparative analysis system. This includes one out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues and health inspections. However, our Swansea Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints and opened investigations concerning this facility that include:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Adequate Levels of Care to Ensure They Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "identify/assess, monitor and treat wounds” involving one resident at the facility. The deficient practice was first noted at 1:50 PM on 04/26/2016 when a registered nurse at the local hospital stated that the resident from Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center “came to us with an old, dirty dressing on his abdomen with no date. When the dressing was removed, there was a terrible foul odor. Underneath the bandage was a wound that had drainage with three open areas. This bandage had not been changed for a while.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 2:34 PM on 04/26/2016 who stated that the resident “did not have a G-Tube for over a year and there were no open areas and he did not require a dressing.” The director also stated that “this is why there is nothing in the shower logs, skin check or TAR (Treatment Administration Record) regarding the area. He has not had a G-Tube since I can remember. He does not need a dressing.”
An hour earlier at 1:15 PM, the state investigator interviewed the facility’s Licensed Practical nurse providing the resident care who stated that the resident “does not have a G-Tube site as the area is healed. No treatment is needed for that area.”
The following day on 04/27/2016 at 3:15 PM, the resident “was in the local hospital lying in bed with a bandage on the middle of his abdomen.” The registered nurse “of the local hospital, removed the bandage. Underneath the bandage were three open areas. One of the open areas was from a previous Gastrointestinal Tube [G-Tube]. The dressing was clean, dry, intact and dated 04/27/2016.
The investigator interviewed the resident at that time who stated: “that is an old G-Tube site that has never completely healed/closed.” The resident “stated that there was a nurse on the night shift at the facility that had been changing the old G-Tube site dressing, but he thought she quit about a month ago [...and] stated that it hadn’t been changed since then while he was at the facility.”
On 04/28/2016 at 10:20 AM, the state investigator interviewed two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) who “both stated they give [the resident] bed baths regularly and had never seen an open area on [the resident’s] abdomen and had never seen dressing on his abdomen.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s progress notes, Nurse’s Notes, Care Plans and physician’s orders over the previous year that revealed the “discontinuation of the G-Tube dated 04/23/2015.” However, the Care Plan “did not address the treatment of the previous G-Tube site after [it] was removed.” The investigator also noted that “the last three months of [the resident’s] TAR (Treatment Administration Record) does not document any wound in the abdominal area.” The 03/29/2016 TAR (Treatment Administration Record) “does not document any wound in the abdominal area” nor does the resident’s “Weekly Shower Sheet for the past 30 days.”
If your loved one has been harmed, injured, abused or mistreated while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Swansea Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate help. Our St. Clair County elder abuse attorneys can take handle the process of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve.
Contact our Swansea Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation. No upfront fees are required because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements.