Many Illinois nursing home patients are at an increased risk of falling at the facility. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to take specific measures and develop interventions that diminish the risk of falling. Unfortunately, many nursing homes fail to adequately train their nursing staff or provide ongoing supervision to ensure that interventions are followed in accordance with the resident’s Plan of Care. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal services to abused, injured or mistreated patients residing at Illinois long-term facilities including Union County Hospital LTC.
Union County Hospital LTC
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 10-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Anna and Union County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating LTC Home is located at:
521 North Main Street
Anna, Il 62906
This facility provides rehabilitation services, cardiac care, respiratory and pulmonary health care, sleep disorder care, and wound care.
Anna Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be reviewed through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every filed complaint, safety concern, health violation and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care LTC homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, Union County Hospital LTC maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparison analysis rating system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, staffing concerns and quality measures. The Union County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed numerous deficiencies and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Are Provided an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/02/2015, a notation was made by the state surveyor of the home's failure to “initiate new interventions in an attempt to prevent falls.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 08/12/2014 Care Plan and revised date of 05/02/2015 listing “a problem area of ‘high risk for falls’.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s Care Plan documented in 08/23/2014 “fall without injury. Interventions reviewed and appropriate. 10/15/2014, the resident sat on the floor after throwing a walker. 11/18/2014: Fall without injury. The resident was not using a walker to ambulate. Continue current interventions.” The investigator noted “there was nothing on the Care Plan to indicate new interventions were implemented after these falls.”
The facility Director of Nurses was interviewed on the morning of 07/02/2015 who stated that the resident’s “level of confusion is at times such that [the resident] will try to put her walker on top or underneath the table, and confirmed [the resident] is unable to use her call light.” The Director also stated “she did not feel it was necessary to add any new interventions after these falls, stating ‘there were no trends identified in each of these falls’ and pointed out [the resident] has not fallen since 11/14/2014.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s undated Fall Reduction Program Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“Licensed personnel will implement changes and modifications to the resident’s fall prevention interventions.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents’ Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/02/2013, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "monitor for adverse consequences of an antipsychotic medication with the ‘box warning’ for [a resident].” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involve the 78-year-old resident diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia with psychotic behaviors and hypertension.”
Per the resident’s April 2013 Physician Order Sheet (POS), the resident was prescribed antipsychotic medication to be given in the morning, at noon and at bedtime.” The state investigator noted that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned against prescribing antipsychotic medication given to the resident and has issued “a ‘Boxed Warning” that reads in part:
“Elderly patients with dementia related to psychosis treated with antipsychotic drugs are at an increased risk of death; most deaths appear to be cardiovascular or infectious in nature. Not approved for the treatment of patients with dementia-related psychosis.”
The investigator noted that “the Director of Nursing verified… that the information contained in the box warning had not been addressed.”
Anna Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse was the victim of mistreatment while they resided at Union County Hospital LTC, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our skilled Anna attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
We encourage you to contact our Union County area elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free comprehensive case evaluation. You do not 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 win your case at trial.