By law, nursing facilities are required to develop an effective care plan to ensure every resident’s safety and well-being. The Care Plan is often put in place by the nursing staff in an effort to protect the health of the resident and is built on their medical history, disabilities, medications and any medical condition that could adversely affect the goals of the plan. Unfortunately, the Mount Pulaski elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld injury lawyers have served as legal advocates to many nursing home residents who have suffered injuries by the negligence or mistreatment of their caregivers who failed to follow their Plan of Care.
Care plans are written by medical teams, nursing home staff, Director of Nursing, Registered Nurses and hospital doctors. Every aspect of the plan is crucial to ensure the resident receives proper treatment, rehabilitation, therapies, and other special care and devices to ensure a successful outcome while the resident is living at the facility. Alternatively, ignoring a resident’s Care Plan is not only negligent behavior but unlawful. Any misstep could lead to serious medical complications, drug errors, infections, serious injuries and, potentially, an early death.Vonderlieth Living Center
Vonderlieth Living Center is a 90-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing services to residents of Mount Pulaski and Logan County, Illinois. The non-profit Center is located at:
1120 N. Topper Dr.
Mount Pulaski, Illinois 62548
Vonderlieth Living Center provides numerous services that encompass:
- Skilled nursing for long and short-term residents
- Independent living
- Hospice care
- Restorative therapy: occupational, physical, speech, restore to home
- IV therapy
- Dialysis support
Throughout the year, federal and state regulators routinely update nursing home information in their databases to reflect current conditions, opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. The regulators post these at various online sites including Medicare.gov to be used as a comparative analysis tool when making a decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of care.
Currently, Vonderlieth Living Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other facilities throughout the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues. Our Mount Pulaski nursing home abuse attorneys have located numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Allow Resident the Right to Participate in Planning or Revising Their Care Plan
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/27/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "review and revise a resident’s plan of care after the discovery of a Stage II sacral pressure ulcer.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Vonderlieth Living Center involved one resident at the facility.
The failure was first noted in the resident’s 04/02/2015 Care Plan when it was revealed to the state investigator of the plan “does not include Care Plan interventions or Physician Order Sheet (POS) treatments for the Sacral Area pressure ulcer that was identified on 04/03/2015.”
The investigator also noted that 11:35 PM on 05/22/2015, the facility’s Care Plan/Minimal Data Set Coordinator stated that “the resident’s most recent care plans are located in a binder on each nursing station desks. If updates are needed to the resident’s Care Plan between Care Plan assessments, I hand write the updates on the Care Plan located on the unit. If a resident developed a pressure ulcer, the Care Plan should be updated at the time the pressure ulcer is identified. [The resident’s] care plan should include interventions and treatments for [the resident’s] Stage II Sacral Pressure Ulcer.”
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Proper Services to Prevent the Development of a Urinary Tract Infection or Efforts to Restore Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/27/2015, the state investigator noted that the facility failed “to follow the facility policy in providing catheter care for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for indwelling urinary catheter” care.
The state investigator noted that upon observation at 2:15 PM on 05/19/2015, a certified nurse providing care to a resident use “a soapy washcloth [to wipe the resident’s] peri-area including the folds of the leg, then around the meatus [an opening that leads to the interior of the body] and down the catheter tubing using the same area of [the] washcloth.” At that point, the Certified Nursing Assistant “rinsed and dried [the resident’s] peri-area and catheter using the same technique.
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Restorative Licensed Practical Nurse the following day who stated that the technique used by the Certified Nursing Assistant “was wrong. They are to wipe the peri-area no more than twice, alternating [the] area on the washcloth, and use a clean washcloth when washing the meatus [area] and catheter tubing in a downward motion 1 to 2 inches.”
If your loved one a suffered serious injury or death caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff at any Illinois nursing facility including Vonderlieth Living Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal remedies. Our team of dedicated Logan County elder abuse attorneys can provide numerous legal options on how to seek the financial compensation you likely deserve.
To successfully resolve your claim for recompense, we urge you to contact our Mount Pulaski Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation with a qualified attorney. We handle all personal injury claims on contingency, so no upfront payment is required.