Any spread of infection in a nursing facility in Illinois could be detrimental to the health and well-being of every resident. Because of that, the nursing staff and employees are provided guidelines, procedures and protocols to eliminate any spread of contaminants, infection, viruses and bacteria. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities follow these procedures. Sadly, the Vandalia elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where a resident’s health and well-being was compromised due to a preventable spread of contaminants.
Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 116-certified-bed ‘for-profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Vandalia and Fayette County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
1500 W. St. Louis Avenue
Vandalia, IL 62471
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Vandalia Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center provides short-term and long-term skilled nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s/dementia care and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Vandalia Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families are fully informed of the level of skilled health and hygiene care every nursing facility provides in the US, the federal government and Illinois regularly update their nursing home database systems. The information provides details of all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations, and safety concerns that are uploaded to numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system, compared to every other facility nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Vandalia nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "change gloves during care for a resident on isolation, to don gloves while caring for a resident on isolation, to remove gloves after incontinence care, and to appropriately clean a blood glucose monitoring machine to prevent the spread of infection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Vandalia Rehab affected four residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
As a part of the investigation, the state investigator reviewed a resident’s July 2015 Infection Log that revealed the resident “is on contact isolation for MRSA (Methicillin/Oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) of the nares [nostrils] with an onset date of 07/17/2015.”
The state investigator observed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at 10:30 AM on 07/22/2015 “doing a range of motion exercises with [a resident].” When the procedure was finished, the CNA “while wearing gloves, began to reposition [the resident] in bed [...and] walked over to the side of the bed to help, and without donning gloves, took hold of the incontinence pad under [the resident] and the [CNA and Social Services Director] pulled him up in bed. A sign was posted outside [the resident’s] door which stated ‘See the nurse before entering’ and an isolation cart was present in the hallway just outside the door.”
The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff at Vandalia Rehab failed to follow the facility’s undated policy titled Multi-Drug-Resistant Organisms in Non-Hospital Healthcare Setting Policy that reads in part:
“Disposable gloves should be worn if contact with body fluids is expected.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses who acknowledged that the resident “is on contact isolation due to MRSA of the nares and confirmed that [the CNA] should have put gloves on before assisting and repositioning [the resident].”
- Failure to Maintain the Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/30/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure dignity during dining when in the dining room and during other activities of daily living that occur when out of the resident’s room.”
An observation was made at noon on 05/27/2014 “during a noon meal.” At that time, a resident “was observed wearing an isolation mask covering the nose and mouth as [the resident] was brought through the hall to the large dining room and while in the dining room.” Three other residents “were observed to be sitting in the dining room with isolation masks on as well. While meal trays were delivered to each resident, the mask was lifted from the mouth area but remain covering the nose.”
As a part of the observation, it was noted that one resident “was observed to try and take her mask off when her tray of food was set before her.” However, a Certified Nursing Aide was observed [putting] the mask back on” the resident as the resident “continued to struggle and take it off.”
Vandalia Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been harmed, mistreated, neglected or abused while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Vandalia Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can also ensure your family obtains the financial compensation they deserve.
Call our Fayette County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free, no-obligation case consultation. No upfront fees or retainers are necessary.