Every member of the nursing staff and all employees at Illinois nursing facilities are required to follow procedures and protocols that maintain every patient’s dignity and respect of individuality. Even so, many residents’ rights to privacy are violated every day by their caregivers who think nothing of exposing the private parts of patients while providing care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were subjected to abuse and mistreatment while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Westminster Village.
This Nursing Facility is a 39-certified-bed ‘not for profit’ Home providing services and cares to residents of Bloomington and McLean County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-approved Center is located at:
2025 East Lincoln Street
Bloomington, Il 61701
This continuing care retirement community provides various lifestyle choices in addition to skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services.
Bloomington Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations involving nationwide nursing homes can be reviewed from federal and state database websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
Currently, Westminster Village maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison rating system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both staffing concerns and health inspections. The McLean County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s 04/10/2016 Daily Census that revealed at four resident “all reside in the second bed of a semi-private room and have roommates.”
And during an interview with the resident on the afternoon of 04/12/2016, the resident revealed “I’m having problems with this catheter, it is hurting me.” The Certified Nursing Assistant providing care “attempted to pull the privacy curtain (between the two beds) but the court would only go to the foot of the bed.” The CNA stated “we have a lot of curtains that are like this, we cannot provide privacy to the resident in the second bed because the curtain will only come this far, not all the way around the second bed.”
As a part of the observation, it was noted that the Licensed Practical Nurse asked the resident if they “could check [the resident’s] catheter to make sure it was okay.” The LPN “continued to pull down [the resident] pants, exposing [the resident’s] penis to check the catheter placement. During this time, the visitor remained at the foot of [the resident’s] bed, and could see [the resident].” The Licensed Practical Nurse “never asked [the resident’s] visitors to step out of the room to provide privacy and dignity during cares.”
An interview was conducted with the facility Administrator who confirmed “that semi-private rooms should have two curtains, both half “U” shaped. The first bed's curtain provides privacy for the first bed and wraps around the foot of the bed. The second bed's curtain between the two beds provides privacy for the second bed and wraps around the foot of the bed.” The Administrator stated after being shown the clip in the track that prevented the curtain from being pulled all the way around “I don’t know why that’s there.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Maintenance Director on 04/12/2016 who “unscrewed the clip and stated ‘the track [for the privacy curtain] is missing a piece, that is why that clip was there. Without it, the curtain would fall out of the track. I’m not sure how the clip got there’.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff, Maintenance Director, and Administrator failed to follow the facility’s 03/09/2015 policy titled: Resident’s Rights for all Nursing Procedures Policy that reads in part:
“To provide general guidelines for resident rights while caring for a resident… For any procedure that involves direct resident care, follow these steps… If visitors are present, ask them to wait outside unless the resident requests that they remain in the room. Close room entrance door and if a semi-private room, pull privacy curtain between beds.”
Bloomington Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has been injured or harmed while residing at Westminster Village, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Let our skilled Bloomington attorneys file and handle your financial compensation claim against all those who caused your loved one harm. Our years of experience ensures a successful resolution.
We encourage you and your family to contact our McLean County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a complimentary claim review. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.