Any allegation of abuse occurring in an Illinois nursing home must be immediately reported to the facility Administrator for investigation and then reported to the State Agency within 24 hours. Any failure to make an immediate notification of abuse to superiors could place the health and well-being of the victim and all other residents in the facility in immediate jeopardy. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures and protocols. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have been abused in Illinois skilled nursing facilities like United Methodist Village.
United Methodist Village
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid/Medicare-participating ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Lawrenceville and Lawrence County, Illinois. The 143-certified-bed Home is located at:
Lawrenceville, Il 62439
The Facility provides skilled nursing care, Rehabilitation-to-Home, memory care, and independent living options.
Lawrenceville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their completed list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of Homes nationwide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a Home.
Currently, United Methodist Village maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing concerns, four out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Lawrence County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous deficiencies and safety concerns at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/18/2014, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “operationalize the Resident Abuse and Neglect Policy for reporting suspicion of abuse, protocols for conducting employment background checks and checking with appropriate licensing boards. This has the potential to affect all 73 residents in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving a 08/31/2014 abuse allegation investigation. “The report states the allegation was reported by housekeeping to a Registered Nurse at 9:00 AM [...and] the Administrator was notified of the allegation at 3:00 PM by the Registered Nurse.”
The facility Administrator stated on the afternoon of 12/16/2014 “that the report documented the correct time of her notification and that the Registered Nurse did not follow the [07/08/2014 Resident Abuse and Neglect] policy” that reads in part:
“To aid in abuse prevention, all staff are to report any signs and symptoms of abuse/neglect to the Administrator or the Director of Nursing Services immediately.”
In addition, the state investigator reviewed the employment records for a Certified Nursing Aide hired on 09/30/2014. “The documentation failed to include information related to the required fingerprint background check.” The facility’s Administrator stated that “no fingerprint background check had been conducted for the [CNA] as required and that [the CNA] was taken off the work schedule until the background check was complete.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator failed to follow the facility’s 07/08/2014 policy titled: Caregiver Background Check and Responsibility that reads in part:
“All employees and volunteers must have a completed background investigation before hire and on an ongoing basis thereafter.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols That or Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/18/2015, a notation was made by the state investigator of the facility’s failure to “perform cross-contamination during medication administration. This has the potential to affect all 73 residents at the facility.”
The state investigator observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) administering medication to a resident at 5:00 PM on 12/15/2014. The LPN removed the pill “from a pack and placed it into a pill cutter [then] cut the pill and then picked it up and put it in a medication cup without wearing gloves.” Afterward, the LPN “administered the medication to [the resident].”
Immediately afterward, the LPN “was observed administering medication to [another resident].” The Licensed Practical Nurse entered the resident’s room “and manually cranked up the head of the bed and filled a glass of water from a water container [before administering] one spoonful of crushed medication into [the resident’s] mouth and gave her a drink of water.” While providing additional care to the resident, the LPN “wiped the resident’s mouth with the tissue twice and never cleaned her hands at any time during this observation.”
Lawrenceville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered mistreatment while residing as a patient at United Methodist Village, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our reputable Lawrenceville attorneys provide legal representation to victims of abuse and neglect.
Schedule a complimentary, no obligation comprehensive case review today by calling our Lawrence County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in front of a judge and jury.