Over the last two decades there has been a significant boom in the nursing home industry, causing many facilities to have an inadequate staff to patient ratio. As a result, many facilities are understaffed or staffed with untrained or unqualified medical professionals. The Decatur nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases involving residents who have been victimized in nursing homes by the medical staff and other residents.
Our attorneys remain devoted to serving as a legal advocate to victimized residents in nursing facilities and assisted-living homes throughout Illinois. We post publicly available data on up-to-date safety concerns at nursing facility statewide. This information can help family members in determining where to place an injured, disabled or elderly loved one for quality health and hygiene care.Symphony of Decatur
Symphony of Decatur is a 195-bed post-acute facility providing medical services to residents throughout Macon County. The facility is located at:
2530 North Monroe St.
Decatur, IL 62526
The facility provides a variety of restorative therapies for rehabilitation that include:
- Chart replacements and orthopedic surgery
- Brain injury and stroke rehabilitation
- Postsurgical rehabilitation
- Physical, respiratory, speech and occupational therapies
The care is provided by a variety of physician specialists, physical therapist, registered occupational therapist and certified speech pathologists along with nurses and certified nursing assistants, dietitians and social workers.Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Statistics on current resident safety concerns, health inspection evaluations and investigated complaints are released by www.Medicare.com through a star rated summary. Currently, Symphony of Decatur maintains a Medicare overall rating of four out of five stars (above average). This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing and health inspections.
The Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers note that there are numerous complaints against Symphony of Decatur. Many of these complaints are filed by residents and family members along with state inspectors and surveyors. Some of these include:
- Failure to Maintain a Safe Environment Free of Verbal Abuse:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2010 during an annual licensure and certification survey, it was noted that the facility “failed to ensure that a resident’s allegation of abuse was treated as an allegation, reported to the State Survey and Certification agency, and thoroughly investigated so as to ensure that the resident was protected from potential further abuse.”
This notation was a part of an interview and record review dated 12/27/09 where a resident was found “upset and crying.” When asked, “What was wrong [the resident] stated that someone was mean to her, when asked who, she refused to say.” However, the resident stated that “a staff member called her a ‘bit.. and a fat a..’ “
- Failure to Provide Proper Perineal Cleansing to Treat Incontinence:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/24/2014, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility indicating a failure “to provide proper perineal cleansing after an incontinence issue.” This is in response to a resident documents on 2-20-14 were a CNA (certified nurse aide) washed a resident’s “perineal area following urinary and fecal incontinence.” It is noted that one certified nurse aide “remove bowel movement (BM) from [the resident’s] perineal area using a back to front motion starting from [the resident’s] buttocks to [the resident’s] urethra (opening to the bladder).
In follow-up documentation, it was verified “that incontinence care should be performed by cleansing the perineal area from front to back” as a way to “prevent BM (bowel movement) from entering the Urethra (opening to the bladder).”
If you, or a loved one, have suffered injury, harm or abuse while residing at Symphony of Decatur, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our legal team can take immediate action to stop the abuse now and hold those responsible for your harm legally accountable for financial compensation.
We encourage you to call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free initial consultation or speak with us directly through our online chat rooms. Our Decatur nursing home abuse law firm accepts these cases on contingency. This means we provide immediate legal representation, counsel and advice without the need of you paying any upfront retainer or fees.