To ensure an Illinois nursing home patient’s health and well-being is maintained, the nursing staff is required to notify the physician of any change in their condition. This notification ensures the resident receives the best care, medication, therapy and medical treatment to maintain or improve their health. Unfortunately, many nurses fail to take appropriate measures and inform the patient’s doctor when there has been a significant decline in their health, injury or inability, refusal to take medications. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were neglected, mistreated or abused while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Willow Rose Rehab.
Willow Rose Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This facility is a 98-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Jerseyville and Jersey County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
Jerseyville, IL 62052
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, the Peterson Healthcare-associated facility also offers memory care, Alzheimer’s care and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Jerseyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with full details of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Willow Rose Rehab maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Jersey County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Notify the Resident’s Physician of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/29/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "notify the physician of a resident’s refusal of treatment for more than five days.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Willow Rose Rehab affected one resident “reviewed for physical notification.”
As a part of the investigator’s findings, a tour of the facility was conducted at 10:00 AM on 07/26/2016 while a resident “had a tube feeding bottle hanging at their bedside. The tube feeding bottle read “Vital AF 1.2, hung on July 21, started at 8:00 PM, running at 40 ccs. The tubing was not hooked up to [the resident’s] gastronomy tube.” A Registered Nurse was interviewed that morning and stated that “the tube feeding was hanging there but he [the resident] hasn’t gotten it because he was refusing.”
The investigator then reviewed the resident’s 07/21/2016 through 07/26/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) and Nurses Notes that did not document the resident’s “refusal of tube feeding or any notification of [the resident’s] physician about the resident not receiving tube feeding as ordered.” The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Notification for Change in Resident’s Condition or Status policy and procedure that reads in part:
“The Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse will notify the resident’s attending physician or on-call physician when there has been… refusal of treatment or medications (i.e.) three or more consecutive times.”
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/29/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "timely answer call lights for [a resident] reviewed for call lights.”
As a part of the investigator’s findings, a review was conducted of a resident’s July 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) documenting that the resident “has diagnoses to include urinary retention, history of tracheotomy and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) of the sputum [saliva/mucus].” In addition, the resident’s 05/21/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) documents that the resident “has a urinary catheter and communication deficit related to the history of tracheotomy.”
In the early afternoon of 07/26/2016, the resident “stated he had been waiting for over five hours for someone to empty his urine bag [...and] stated he puts on the call light and someone will come in and shut it off.” The investigator noted that the resident “pulled back is covered to reveal a bulging urine bag, with brown colored urine, attached to his upper thigh.”
The facility’s July 2016 Resident Council Minutes documents “concerns from residents about call lights not being answered.”
Jerseyville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your spouse, parent or grandparent has been neglected, injured or died prematurely while residing at Willow Rose Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our nursing home attorneys can ensure your loved one’s rights are protected and that your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Jersey County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means we are paid for our legal services only after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your case in front of a judge and jury.