Any substandard care in a nursing facility could place the lives of one or more residents in immediate jeopardy. By law, nursing staff and administrators are required to provide highly trained Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants. Nursing home regulatory agencies also require that a Registered Nurse is at the facility for eight consecutive hours each day to ensure the health and well-being of every resident. Sadly, the Taylorville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious injuries or death caused by the negligent actions of poorly trained nurses, insufficient supervision or gross negligence.
Nursing homes are staff with Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nurses’ Aides, each with a specific level of training. All nurses and aides report to their supervisors, the Assistant Director of Nursing and ultimately the Director of Nursing and Administrator in charge of running the facility. Without proper supervision, the nurses and aides can make mistakes at a level that can alter the lives of the resident they are in charge of providing care. Common types of injuries in nursing facilities caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff include:
- Facility-acquired bedsores (pressure sores; pressure wounds; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers)
- Preventable falls that cause brain injury, multiple fractures or death
- Medication errors including under-medicating, over-medicating or failure to administer the drug correctly
- Failing to provide a standard level of care
- Failing to diagnose serious medical conditions requiring prompt treatment
- Neglect or abuse of the elderly caused by poor training, improper resident/staff ratios or insufficient screening during the hiring process
Taylorville Care Center is a 98-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Taylorville and Christian County. The Center is located at:
600 South Houston
Taylorville, Illinois 62568
Services offered by Taylorville care Center include:
- Around-the-clock skilled nursing care
- Daily living assistance
- Short-term stays for rehabilitation
- Long-term care
To manage their federal star rating summary system, the federal government routinely updates their nursing home databases to reflect currently opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns and filed complaints at every facility in the United States. The updated information is then loaded on their federal website Medicare.gov.
Currently, Taylorville Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health concerns, three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for safety concerns. Our Taylorville nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns with this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop a Complete Care Plan Meeting All of the Resident’s Needs with Measurable Timetables and Actions
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "developed care plans [for three residents at the facility] reviewed for care plan development.” The deficient practice was first noted in part in reviewing a resident’s incident reports dated between 02/11/2015 and 06/11/2015.
One report noted that the resident “fell during unassisted toileting.” In addition, the 06/18/2015 Incident Report documented that the resident “fell during assisted ambulation. This report also documented [an intervention requiring assistance] every two hours toileting during the night, therapy to screen for gait [walking], safety.” The resident’s 08/31/2015 Target Date Care Plan documents of the resident “was at risk for falls but did not document her fall interventions for timely toileting or therapy screening.
As a result, the state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 06/25/2015 who stated that “Care Plans were not always updated.”
- Failure to Ensure Registered Nurses Are at the Facility at Least Eight Hours a Day Seven Days a Week
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide [a] registered nurse eight consecutive hours per day” asked required by federal and state nursing home regulations. The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the administration and nursing staff at Taylorville Care Center “had the potential to affect all 75 residents living in the facility.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s nurse’s schedule between 11/01/2014 and 06/07/2015 and noted that the document stated that the “facility did not provide a Registered Nurse eight consecutive hours per day. As a part of the investigation, the state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator at 10:15 AM on 06/23/2015 who claimed that “the facility did not provide an RN eight consecutive hours per day [...and stated] the facility had been advertising for registered nurses.” The investigator noted that at the time that the failure was discovered, “the facility had 75 residents living in the facility.”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered injury, harm or death through the negligent actions of the staff at Taylorville Care Center or any Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have ample resources to investigate your claim. Our Christian County elder abuse lawyers can build a case to obtain the financial compensation you deserve.
We urge you to contact our Taylorville Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free no-obligation case review. We accept all nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payment is ever required.