Many Illinois nursing home residents require the highest level of ongoing nursing care, especially those using an indwelling urinary catheter. Because of that, the nursing staff must provide adequate cares to ensure the resident does not develop a urinary tract infection (UTI) and provide ongoing assessments to determine when the catheter is no longer necessary. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to perform assessments and evaluations, causing the resident to use an indwelling urinary catheter for days, weeks or months longer than necessary. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have provided legal representation to many residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Sycamore Healthcare Center who have received substandard nursing care.
Sycamore Healthcare Center
This Nursing Home is a Medicare/Medicaid-accepted ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Quincy and Adams County, Illinois. The 205-certified-bed Facility is located at:
Quincy, IL 62301
This facility provides 24/7 skilled nursing care along with ambulation training, stability and transfer exercises, pain management, wound care, prosthetic training, motor functioning restoration, home re-entry training, splint fabrication and speech therapy programs to address dysphagia and speech language deficits.
Quincy Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing home in the United States can be viewed on federal and state database sites including Medicare.gov. These government regulatory agencies routinely update the list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations on facilities nationwide.
Currently, Sycamore Healthcare Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide comparison analysis Medicare rating system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Adams County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed the safety concerns and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Maintain Every Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “to properly transport residents in the reclining wheelchair’s area”. One failure involved a resident who was determined to be “unable to ambulate and requires total assistance with cares and uses a wheelchair for mobility.”
An observation was made of a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) in the early afternoon of 03/15/2016 while transporting two residents “from the living room area to [the resident’s] room by pulling [the resident’s] reclining wheelchair backward down the hall" at separate times.
A Licensed Practical Nurse was observed that same afternoon transporting a different resident “from the living room area to [the resident’s] room by pulling [the resident’s] reclining wheelchair backward down the hall.
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 03/16/2016 who stated “all types of wheelchairs should be propelled with the resident facing forward during transport." The Director also stated that “I would never want to see a resident pulled backward down the hall.”
- Failure to Provide Care of Indwelling Urinary Catheters Per Nursing Standards of Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/17/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to have a diagnosis to justify the use of an indwelling urinary catheter and [a failure to] secure the tubing of an indwelling urinary catheter.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 02/11/2016 Re-Admission Assessment documenting the resident “returned from a hospital stay with an indwelling urinary catheter and a Stage II pressure ulcer on the right buttocks." The resident’s 02/12/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documents the resident “is to have a fourteen French indwelling urinary catheter due to a diagnosis of wounds.”
When reviewing the resident’s 02/11/2016 Catheter Assessment, the section documenting “the reason for indwelling catheter" was left “incomplete.” The investigator noted that “the Catheter Assessment further documents the continued use of indwelling catheters is beneficial to [the resident] due to ulcer buttocks.”
An observation was made of two Certified Nursing Aides on the afternoon of 03/15/2016 providing catheter care to a resident when the resident’s “catheter tubing was not anchored/secured to [the resident’s] leg, allowing the catheter to pull at [the resident’s] urethral opening.”
During an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing in the afternoon of 03/16/2016 was stated that the resident’s “physician ordered indwelling urinary catheter due to a Stage II pressure ulcer on the [the resident’s] buttocks has now healed.” The Director stated “there was no other diagnosis to justify the continued use of [the resident’s] catheter [...and] stated, ‘I don’t think we have any leg bands to secure a catheter tubing, but I’m sure we can order them.”
Quincy Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was the victim of abuse or neglect while residing at Sycamore Healthcare Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Quincy lawyers can help your family successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Adams County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary full case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.