Contractures are a common medical condition where the leg, arm, feet or hand becomes frozen in a fixed position. This is often caused by the shortening of a tendon or muscle due to spasticity or muscle exertion. However, with proper nursing care, many contractures can be avoided if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures to improve or maintain the resident’s range of motion. Unfortunately, the Sherman elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident developed contractures due to the negligent care of the nursing staff.
When the resident develops contractures, it is often challenging to stop their progression. However, if the problem is addressed in its early stage, performing extensive stretches to improve range of motion can help. While many nursing facility’s administrators and nursing directors will inform family members that the contractures our natural part of the aging process, they are often the early indicators of nursing home neglect. This is because through proper evaluation, routine positioning of the resident, ongoing physical therapy/exercise and the use of splints, many contractures can be avoided.Villa Health Care East
Villa Health Care East is a 99-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating continuing care retirement community providing nursing services to residents of Sherman and Sangamon County Illinois. The facility is located at:
100 Marian Parkway
Sherman, Illinois 62684
The nonprofit nursing Center provides short-term rehabilitation, independent living, assisted living, adult day care, and skilled nursing.Sherman Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, nursing home regulatory agencies working for the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their databases to reflect the most currently opened investigations, health violations, safety concerns and filed complaints on nursing homes throughout the United States. The information is then uploaded to numerous websites including Medicare.gov through their comparative star rating summary service tool.
Currently, Villa Health Care East maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared other facilities throughout the United States. However, our Sherman nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered a serious deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Ensure That Residents with Reduced Range of Motion Receive Proper Treatment and Services to Increase Their Range of Motion
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/28/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to provide a complete "passive range of motion (PROM) for [a resident at the facility] review for a range of motion.” As a part of the investigation, the state investigator reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) that revealed the resident requires “extensive assist of two staff for most ADL (activities of daily living).” The MDS (Minimum Data Set) also documents that the resident “has limited range of motion bilateral lower extremities and receives PROM seven days a week. The resident’s 06/01/2015 Care Plan documents of the resident “to have ADL (activities of daily living) self-care deficit in the range of motion due to dementia, shuffle gate, and limited mobility among others.
The goal documents [that the resident] will maintain current ROM [range of motion] without a decrease to the next review with interventions documenting staff to do 10 repetitions three times a day to bilateral upper and lower extremities as tolerated.” The resident’s 08/06/2015 Contractures Assessment documents the resident “has no current contractures, is confused, non-ambulatory, need staff to turn and reposition, and is at high risk for the development of contractures.”
An observation of the resident was made at 3:26 PM on 08/26/2015 one Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) “performed all PROM on [the resident. At the time, the CNA] did an external/internal rotation of [the resident’s] right shoulder, but did not complete flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, horizontal abduction/adduction or hyperextension of the shoulder joint.” It was also noted that the CNA “did no elbow joint range or wrist range and only completed abduction/adduction of his fingers. No thumb range was done (flexion/extension, abduction/adduction, opposition) and the only range [the CNA did for the resident’s] hip was flexion/extension.” The investigator also noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not do a range of motion on [the resident’s] ankles or toe joints.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Villa Health Care East violated the facility’s policy titled: Contracture Prevention Program Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“The objective is to maintain resident at the highest level of physical functioning possible, to stimulate circulation and prevent fixation of a joint for long periods of time and to prevent atrophy of muscles. The procedure includes regular in-services to be held training staff and principles of contracture treatment and prevention. The policy documents the restorative nurse will chart on restorative programs reflecting a response to program and progress toward the goal.”
If you believe your loved one has suffered unnecessary contractures caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff at Villa Health Care East or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you seek justice. Our Sangamon County elder abuse attorneys can hold the nursing home legally liable and financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Sherman Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free, private consultation. We accept nursing home neglect cases on contingency, so our legal fees are only paid after we win your case at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.