Most Illinois nursing home patients require the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance to ensure their well-being is continuously maintained. Unfortunately, not all nursing staff receives appropriate training and ongoing monitoring by competent supervisors to make sure the nurses follow procedures and protocols. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent many individuals who have suffered needlessly due to the neglect and mistreatment of their caregivers while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Way-Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
Way Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Nursing Facility is a Medicaid/Medicare-participating ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Fairfield and Wayne County, Illinois. The 104-certified-bed Home is located at:
305 N.W. 11th Street
Fairfield, Il 62837
Fairfield Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Federal government and Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns, and health violations. This information can be viewed on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Way-Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The Wayne County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed many safety concerns, deficiencies and violations at this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Prevent Aspiration Pneumonia
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/11/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to “provide nursing services to aid in the prevention of aspiration pneumonia: these failures include failing to follow the facility policy for reporting a change in a tube fed resident, not reporting a change in condition to the physician, including vomiting and failing to stop infusion of the enteral feeding formula when directed by the Care Plan and maintaining the head of the bed elevated at least 30 degrees.”
The state investigator said that “these failures led to the hospitalization and diagnosis of aspiration with early aspiration pneumonitis for [the resident] on 04/27/2016.” The resident “returned from the hospital on comfort care only, all IV fluids, PEG (percutaneous endoscopic gastronomy) tube feeding and IV antibiotics discontinued.” The resident “expired on 05/01/2016.”
The investigator also noted that “the failures repeated on 05/11/2016 and make 17 2016 with [the resident’s emesis (vomiting)] not being reported to the physician and failing to suspend the tube feeding infusion as required.”
It was also noted that “the continued lack of assessment, notification of failure to follow procedures places [two residents] currently fed by enteral feeding, as per July 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) are at risk for harm including aspiration.” It was also noted that “although the facility had identified the failure of [the nursing staff] on 04/27/2016, investigated, and implemented corrective measures, the facility failed to re-evaluate to ensure that all nurses and nursing staff were educated on gastronomy tube care and standards of practice and these failures were repeated on 05/11/2016 by a Licensed Practical Nurse and on 05/17/2016 by a Registered Nurse.”
The state investigator made claims that “these failures resulted in an immediate jeopardy” at the facility.
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/11/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure a resident did not receive additional psychotropic medication without documented justification and adequate monitoring.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 06/01/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing the resident had an indwelling urinary catheter and an order for lorazepam. The residents MAR (Medication Administration Record) revealed that the lorazepam was effective and made the resident feel “better and calm.”
The facility’s 05/09/2016 Nurse’s Notes indicate that the family “was notified that [the resident] was having an increase in agitation.” However, the investigator noted that “there was no behavior tracking That initiated to assess how often [the resident’s] episodes of agitation were occurring before [the resident’s] doctor was notified on 05/10/2016… that the resident was having increased agitation and confusion, or that [the resident] was being treated for urinary tract infection by [another doctor].”
The first doctor ordered an antipsychotic medication to be given twice a day. However, the resident’s 05/13/2016 Nurse’s Notes failed to document that the doctor “was informed of [the resident] having urinary tract infection” and the facility Administrator said “she could not give a reason why [the resident] was taking [the antipsychotic medication].”
Fairfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse was the victim of abuse / neglect or died prematurely while they resided at Way-Fair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our Fairfield team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys provide legal representation in victim cases that involve abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities in Illinois.
Schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case review today by calling our Wayne County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.