Any incident or allegation involving abuse must be immediately investigated by the facility’s Administrator and reported to the State Agency within 24 hours. The investigation and notification to appropriate agencies help to protect the victim from further abuse. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these protocols, which can often place the safety of the victim in immediate jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent abused residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Three Springs Lodge to ensure their rights are protected.
Three Springs Lodge
This Nursing Center is a Medicare/Medicaid-participating ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Chester and Randolph County, Illinois. The 83-certified-bed Facility is located at:
161 Three Springs Road
Chester, IL 62233
Chester Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the comprehensive list of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns, and health violations. This data can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Three Springs Lodge maintains an overall two out of five available federal star rating in the Medicare rating comparative system. This includes three out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Randolph County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers reviewed various deficiencies, violations, hazards and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “report an incident resulting in injury.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after the reviewing a resident’s 08/04/2015 Nurse’s Notes.
The state investigator reviewed a report of a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA)assisting a resident “to bed and [the resident] became resistive, jerked back away, and fell into the wall hitting her head on the wall.” The resident asked the CNA “not to tell the nurse because it would mess up her hair. The record states that [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] went to look at [the resident], but she was not cooperative. An initial assessment documented in the Nurses’ Notes indicate “no bruising noted upon looking quickly.”
The Nurse’s Notes documented the following day at noon indicate that the resident “was found to have a 3.0-centimeter hematoma on the back of her head, on the right side, and the area was slightly tender to touch.”
The facility’s 08/05/2015 Neurological Assessment Flow Sheet documents that “neurological checks were initiated at 12:00 PM on 08/05/2015.” The Director of Nurses stated more than two and a half months later on 10/21/2015 that the LPN “should have notified the physician of [the resident’s] fall after the incident and neurological checks should have been initiated at the time of the fall."
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation involving the facility’s failure to “operationalize or Abuse Policy and timely report an allegation of abuse to the Administrator.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure that Abuse Policies and Procedures are updated to include Addendum Section 1150B of the Social Security Act for Abuse Prevention. This [failure] has the potential to affect all 59 residents in the facility."
The facility’s 05/07/2015 Abuse Allegation Form documents that a resident “requested to speak with [the Assistant Director of Nurses no longer employed at the facility] regarding a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) as being rough with [the resident] on the evening of 05/06/2015. At that time, [the Assistant Director of Nurses] reported the allegation to the Director of Nurses and an investigation was started.
The document revealed that the resident confronted the CNA and complained that she was rough with the resident while providing care. After discussing the incident with the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the LPN directed the Certified Nursing Assistant to trade halls with a different CNA, allowing her to complete her shift.
The Director of Nurses stated that the LPN “should not allow [the CNA] to continue working in the facility and should have reported the incident immediately to the Administrator.”
Chester Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have concluded that your loved one was victimized by caregivers, residents or visitors while residing at Three Springs Lodge, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Allow our seasoned Chester attorneys to file your claim for compensation against all those responsible for causing harm to your loved one. Our years of experience can ensure a successful financial resolution to make sure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Randolph County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, complimentary initial case evaluation. There is no need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arraignments. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or after winning your case at trial.