Many Illinois nursing home residents are highly susceptible to developing facility-acquired bedsores due to declining health or other medical conditions. Because of that, the nursing staff must follow strict procedures and protocols outlined in the patient’s Care Plan or Physician Order Sheet (POS). Unfortunately, not all nurses receive adequate training and ongoing supervision from competent nurse supervisors and directors, which is often detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured and neglected residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.
Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid/Medicare-participating 56-certified-bed Facility providing services to residents of Paris and Paris Township, Edgar County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
310 Eads Avenue
Paris, Il 61944
As a part of the Peterson Healthcare System, Twin Lakes Rehab offers their Pathways Rehabilitation Program, nursing care, memory care and Alzheimer’s care.
Paris Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for quality measures. The Edgar County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/03/2014, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to “operationalize its Abuse Prevention Policy by failing to do the Finger Base Criminal History Records check, the Health Care Worker Registry Record checks, the Department of Professional Regulations License checks as indicated for new direct care and licensed employees. This failure has the potential to affect all 49 residents in the facility.”
As a part of its annual licensure and certification survey, the investigator reviewed new hires from the personnel files of Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). These documents revealed that a CNA had worked 10 days and another had worked 78 days without being checked in the Fingerprint Base Criminal History checks or the Health Care Worker Registry. The Facility Administrator acknowledged that numerous employees have been working at the facility without first running their checks through the Health Care Worker Registry before providing cares to residents.
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator failed to follow the November 2011 Policy titled: Abuse Prevention Program that reads in part:
“The purpose of this policy is to a sure that the facility is doing all that is within its control to prevent occurrences of mistreatment, neglect or abuse of our residents. This will be done by Conducting pre-employment screening of employees… prior to a new employee starting work schedule this facility will: Obtain a copy of the state license of any individual being hired for a position requiring a professional license and checked the licensee’s status with the licensing entity.”
- Failure to Provide Cares and Treatments to Eliminate the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/03/2014, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “provide services to treat and prevent pressure ulcers by failing to elevate heels as ordered.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings reviewed a resident’s June 2014 and July 2014 Physician Order Sheets (POS) ordering the nursing staff to apply “floating heel boots to both feet every day except during bathing and transfers” and to perform “daily skin checks.”
An observation of the resident was made on 07/01/2014. At that time, the resident’s “heels were not floated, nor was [the resident] wearing heel-floating boots.” The investigator noted that the resident’s heels “were in direct contact with the mattress at numerous times between 11:49 AM and 12:10 PM, at 12:25 PM, 12:40 PM, between 1:00 PM and 1:20 PM, between 1:30 PM and 1:40 PM, again at 2:00 PM, 2:20 PM through 2:46 PM, at 3:00 PM and again at 3:16 PM.”
Paris Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have your suspicions that your loved one is being neglected or abused while residing at Twin Lakes Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to stop the mistreatment now. Let our knowledgeable Paris attorneys file and successfully resolve your mistreatment, neglect or abuse case that happened in an Illinois nursing home.
We encourage you to contact our Edgar County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a complimentary financial recompense claim review. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements.