Any negative change in an Illinois nursing patient’s medical condition could be of concern to their doctor. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to immediately notify the resident’s physician to ensure the patient receives immediate medical attention when required. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train their Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, and Certified Nursing Assistants to follow procedures and protocols by notifying the resident’s physician and responsible family members. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to individuals who have been neglected, mistreated and abused at Illinois nursing facilities like Wabash Christian Retirement.
Wabash Christian Retirement
This facility is a 156-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Carmi and White County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating Nursing Center is located at:
216 College Boulevard
Carmi, Il 62821
Carmi Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can download statistics on Medicare.gov to view a historical list of all safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its patients.
Currently, Wabash Christian Retirement maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare comparison analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections, and one out of five stars for quality measures. The White County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed various safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/07/2016, a formal complaint was opened against the facility by a state investigator for its failure to “promptly notify the physician of a significant change in ongoing concern by the resident’s family.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving the statements given to a Registered Nurse at 2:45 PM on 10/06/2016.
The Registered Nurse stated that the resident’s family “had expressed concerns to her in regards to a change noted in [the resident] and thought that she was possibly getting too much pain medication.” The Registered Nurse stated “this concern was brought to her attention a couple days after [the resident was] admitted to the facility [on 09/19/2016].”
The RN stated that the resident “did appear lethargic, complained of being tired, and had altered speech with what [the RN] interpreted as a drawn accent but thought she had always talked that way.” The Registered Nurse stated that “she did not contact the physician with the family members concerns or her own observations because [the resident] was on the same pain medications she had been taking at home.” The Registered Nurse says that “she questioned [the resident’s] lethargic status at times due to [the resident] being observed to ‘perk up’.” The nurse also stated that the resident “seem to be drinking and eating okay and at times requested extra ice to have with her sodas.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant stated to the state investigator on the afternoon of 10/06/2016 that she “had seen a decline in [the resident’s] health that included confusion and speech that was hard to understand.” The CNA said that the resident “did seem lethargic, but would awaken easily.” The CNA also says “she expressed her concerns about [the resident’s] decline, especially [the resident’s] confusion to the nursing staff.”
The investigator interviewed the resident’s physician at noon on 10/06/2016 who stated that “she has personally examined [the resident] at the facility a couple of times [on September 20 and September 27 and stated] she does not recall the facility notifying her of any concerns that the family had with pain medications or mental status changes. The doctor also stated that “she did not note any slurred speech, lethargy or hallucinations” prior to the resident being transferred to the hospital on 10/04/2016.
It was also noted that after reviewing the resident’s Progress Notes there was no indication that the policies at the facility were followed, “as no progress notes were noted within the first week of [the resident’s] admit” and there was no mention of ongoing family reported concerns or how the concerns were addressed after numerous members of the nursing staff “confirmed the family had reported their concerns and observations of declining health to the facility staff.”
Carmi Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was, was injured, suffered harm or died prematurely while a patient at Wabash Christian Retirement, call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Let our experienced Carmi attorneys legally represent you and your family in filing and resolving your claim for compensation against the nursing home, Administrator and staff members who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you and your family to contact our White County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse claims for compensation, personal injury cases, and wrongful death lawsuits through contingency fee agreements.