Nursing home abuse is an all too common occurrence for many residents in facilities all throughout Illinois. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, lack of training of nurses or minimal staffing have led to a higher incident rate of resident-to-resident and caregiver-to-resident abuse. Sadly, the White Hall elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident was repeatedly abused, assaulted, sexually abused or humiliated by caregivers or other residents at the facility.White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 119-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Whitehall and Greene County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
620 W. Bridgeport
White Hall, IL 62092
in addition to providing long-term and short-term skilled nursing care, White Hall Nursing and Rehab Center also provides memory care, outpatient therapy, enhanced therapy and sub-acute rehabilitation.White Hall Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois and the federal government routinely update their massive star rating summary database that details the complete history of all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns of every nursing facility in the United States. The results of the database search can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system. Their rating includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our White Hall nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous safety concerns and deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 15,016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "document timely investigations after resident fall.” The state investigator also noted a failure “to implement fall interventions in a timely manner to prevent future falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at White Hall Nursing and Rehab affected one resident who sustained “a right wrist fracture” due to the fall.
The state investigator reviewed a cognitively impaired resident’s 02/15/2016 Care Plan that documents that the resident “is at risk for falls due to a history of falls in a diagnosis of dementia and requires the assist of one staff member and a gait belt for transfers.” It was also noted that the resident “requires the extensive assistance of one staff member for transfers and ambulation.” A 04/14/2016 IDT (interdisciplinary team) Note revealed that “six days after [the resident’s] fall interventions which include, ‘non-slip strips in front of bed’.”
The 04/07/2016 12:45 PM Resident Incident Report revealed that the resident “was found sitting on the floor next to the wheelchair.” When found, the resident “complained of right hand pain. An Accident Report dated 06/13/2016 documents [that the resident] sustained a right distal radius fracture.”
The state investigator noted that upon observation on 06/30/2016 at 10:30 AM, “no non-slip strips were present by [the resident’s] bed.” This was confirmed by a certified nursing aide providing the resident care at 12:45 PM that day who verified the resident’s “room did not have any non-slip strips on any side of [the resident’s] bed.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/17/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “prevent abuse of [a resident at the facility].” The findings by the state investigator revealed that at 9:05 AM on 06/14/2016, a resident “stated that a couple of weeks ago, [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] had slapped her in the face with an incontinence device.”
At the time of the report, the resident stated that the CNA “lied and said that [the] incontinent device hit her leg, and that made her mad.” The resident “said she told her son and his friend about the incident.”
Another resident interviewed as a part of the investigation stated: “that she did see [the CNA] slapped [the resident] in the face with the incontinent device, but that she did not want to get involved.”
The facility’s 06/10/2016 Category One Violation Employee Corrective Counseling Memorandum documented that the Certified Nursing Assistant “was suspended on 06/07/2016 four alleged abuse. The memorandum documents that upon completion of the investigation, it was determined that the abuse was substantiated [...and that the] employee was being terminated immediately.”
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of abuse or neglect while living at any nursing facility, including White Hall Nursing and Rehab Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can protect your loved one’s rights and handle the process of obtaining the financial compensation they deserve from their abusive and the facility.
Contact our Greene County elder abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 for your initial no-obligation, free case evaluation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements and are only paid for our legal services after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have won your case at trial.