Before any Illinois nursing home employee can begin working at the facility, the Administrator must perform a background and licensure check to ensure that the new hire is in compliance with federal and state laws. Any failure to perform these background checks could place all residents in the facility in immediate jeopardy if the new employee as a previous conviction of abusing or neglecting patients. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents who were abused at Illinois nursing facilities like Tuscola Healthcare Center.
Tuscola Healthcare Center
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid/Medicare-accepted ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Tuscola and Douglas County, Illinois. The 71-certified-bed Home is located at:
1203 Egyptian Trail
Tuscola, Il 61953
As a part of the Peterson healthcare system, Tuscola Healthcare Center provides Alzheimer’s care, memory care, skilled nursing care and the Peterson’s Pathways Rehabilitation Program
Tuscola Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. This information can be reviewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Tuscola Healthcare Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for both staffing concerns and quality measures. The Douglas County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice concerning the nursing home’s failure to “operationalize their Abuse Prevention and Prohibition Policy for screening new employees by failing to check the Illinois Department Health Care Worker Registry upon hiring two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). The facility also failed to check the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation website for license status upon hire of one Licensed Practical Nurse [LPN].” The investigator noted “this failure has the potential to affect all 52 residents residing in the facility.”
The facility Administrator provided a list of newly employed Certified Nursing Assistants on 03/17/2015. The Administrator acknowledged “the dates of hire for the two Certified Nursing Assistants in the Licensed Practical Nurse [...and] stated that both [CNAs] had been previously employed and were terminated from the facility system” after their employment. The Administrator also stated that “she did not think to recheck the Health Care Worker Registry again on a rehire as both were local employees [...and] stated ‘I would have known if there had been any criminal charges on [the CNAs], we live in a small town and it would have been all over’.”
The Administrator also stated that the Licensed Practical Nurse’s “license had been checked on the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation Website in September 2014 [but that the LPN] “had not started employment until 02/20/2015 and [the Administrator] had not rechecked the website for license status until 03/13/2015.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator failed to follow the facility’s 11/11/2011 policy titled: Abuse Prevention Program that reads in part:
“This facility will not knowingly employ any individual convicted of resident abuse… The facility will not knowingly employ any staff convicted of any crimes listed in the Illinois Health Care Worker Background Check Act…”
- Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Accident Hazards and Are Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2016, an Illinois state investigator noted that the facility failed to “provide a hazard free environment and ensure safe secure toilet seats with arm support safe rails and two multi-resident bathrooms. These failures have the potential to affect five residents.”
The Facility Environmental Services Manager toured the facility with the state investigator on the morning of 03/17/2015 and stated “I can see that the arm support is cracked and should be replaced. Those arm supports and toilet seats are both really loose and need to be tightened.” The manager stated that “this bathroom is unlocked so residents can use it on their own. These rails and toilet seat will need to be tightened up too.”
Tuscola Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while a patient at Tuscola Healthcare Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm. Allow our seasoned Tuscola 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 urge you to contact our Douglas County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free comprehensive recompense claim evaluation. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal services are paid only after we have successfully negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have resolved your recompense case in a court of law.