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Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Many families have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of medical care and hygiene assistance. Unfortunately, it can be challenging in determining which facility in the community provides the best services. In recent decades, cases involving mistreatment, abuse and neglect in convalescent homes have risen significantly.
If your loved one was the victim of mistreatment while residing in Henry County nursing facility, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys today for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully handled and resolved cases just like yours. Let us begin working on your case now to ensure your family receives adequate financial compensation. We will use the law to hold those responsible for your harm both legally and financially accountable.Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village
This facility is a 72-certified bed Church-affiliated "not for profit" long term care home providing services and cares to residents of Geneseo and Henry County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is located at:
704 S. Illinois St.
Geneseo, Illinois, 61254
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Good Samaritan Society – Geneseo Village offers other services including:
- Senior living options
- Huntington’s disease care
- Respite care
- Post-acute rehab services
- Men’s behavioral care
- Memory care
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) care
The federal government has the legal authority to penalize any nursing home that has violated rules and regulations that have harmed or could have harmed a nursing facility patient. These penalties include denial of payment for Medicare services or an imposed monetary fine.
Within the last three years, nursing home regulatory agencies levied a monetary fine of $1950 against Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village on August 25, 2017, due to substandard care. Also, the facility received four formally filed complaints that resulted in citations. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Geneseo Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Families can review comprehensive research results on Medicare.gov and the Illinois Department of Public Health nursing home databases that detail all health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards. The information is valuable to determine the level of health, medical and hygiene care long-term care facilities in the local community provide their patients.
According to Medicare, this nursing facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Henry County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village that includes:
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated February 24, 2017, the state survey team noted that the nursing home “failed to perform hand hygiene and change soiled gloves while providing toileting for one of eight residents reviewed for toileting and incontinence care.”
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Doctor or Family Members of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 8, 2018, a state investigator noted the nursing home's failure to “perform hand hygiene during wound dressing changes for two of twelve residents.” The nursing home “also failed to change gloves during incontinence care for one resident of four residents reviewed for infection control.”
The investigators reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Wound Dressing Change from 2012 and the Hand Hygiene and Handwashing Policy from 2012 that read in part:
“Remove the soiled dressing and discard plastic, avoiding contact and thus contamination of other surfaces. Remove gloves and discard in the same plastic bag. Perform hand hygiene.”
“Create a field with equipment/dressing wrappers: Use and [follow] the Hand Hygiene and Handwashing Policy from 2012 that read sterile technique if required. Open all supplies and pour solutions if ordered. Put on gloves.”
“If hands are not visibly soiled and contaminated with blood or body fluids, use an alcohol-based hand rub for routinely clean hands after removing gloves.”
The state survey team observed a Registered Nurse (RN) entering a resident’s room on the morning of March 8, 2018. After closing the door, the RN raised the resident’s “left pant leg, sterilized a pair of scissors with an alcohol swab, put on a pair of gloves, and cut off [the patient’s] dressing on their lower left leg skin tear.”
The resident’s “skin tear was moist and partially covered with adhesive skin closures. The dressing was soiled with a red tint.” The RN “changed gloves and cleansed the skin tear with a sterile wash” but “did not wash hands or use an alcohol-based rub” before putting on “a new pair of gloves, placed a new clean dressing on the skin tear and initialed and dated the dressing.”
The survey team observed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) entering a resident’s room just before noon on February 22, 2017, who “did not wash hands or don gloves and assisted [the resident] to the toilet.” After the resident had voided, the CNA “donned gloves and provided perineal care to [the patient]. While still wearing the soiled gloves, [the CNA] pulled up [the patient’s] briefs and pants, held on to the gait belt while [the resident] ambulated to the wheelchair, and then touch the wheelchair and [the patient’s] sweater.”
The CNA then “removed the gloves, did not wash hands and assisted [the patient] to the dining room.” During an interview with the CNA, it was confirmed that “hands are to be washed before and after caring for the residents, and gloves should be changed if visibly soiled.”
A Registered Nurse (RN) at the facility stated that same day that “hands should be washed when entering a resident’s room before providing care, before leaving the resident’s room, and if [the hands] become soiled while providing care.” The RN also said that “gloves should be changed after providing perineal care, and gloves should be used to pull up the resident’s clothing and to touch clean items.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 8, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “notify the doctor of pain for one resident at three residents reviewed for pain management.” A review of the resident’s Current Care Plan dated March 1, 2018 revealed that the resident “has acute pain/discomfort related to a history of a fall with a fracture of the lumbosacral spine and pelvic bone. This document also states to ‘notify health care provider if interventions are unsuccessful.’”
A review of the resident’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) reveals that the resident “asked for and received [their pain medication] every six hours.” The patient stated during an interview on the morning of March 6, 2018, that “the nurses can only give me a pill every six hours; I do not feel like this is controlling the pain.”
The investigative team interviewed the Director of Nursing the following day who said that the resident “used to be on [pain medication] 100 mg every four hours scheduled at the hospital and we changed that to [a different medication] 50 mg every six hours because that is how we handle [that medication]; not every four hours.”
The Director also said that the female resident “has a fracture [and] she is going to have pain.” The Director said that they had spoken to the resident’s daughter on March 6, 2018 “about pre-medication for therapy and the daughter thought [their mother] would want that.” Later that day the Director said that the resident’s pain medication “is now scheduled 50 mg every six hours, to be given at 6:00 AM, noon, and 6:00 PM” saying that “it would be hard to know exactly when therapy is going to get her to pre-medicate her.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated August 25, 2017, the state surveyors noted that the facility had “failed to notify the physician of a resident not receiving the medication.” The investigators reviewed the facility’s Medication Administration Policy dated May 2016 that reads in part:
“If the medication is not available for 24 hours, the provider must be notified that the medication is not available and must be given direction on how to proceed.”
The investigators reviewed a resident’s Current Electronic Orders that revealed that the patient has an order to receive their medication by mouth two times every day to treat their pain. However, a review of the resident’s Medication Administration Record (MAR) dated August 2017 shows that on August 20, 2017, on four different occasions the resident “did not receive [their] scheduled dose of [pain medication] because the medication was not available.”
This deficient practice by the nursing staff was confirmed by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who said “we were out of [their medication]. I did not give her at least two doses. I did not notify the doctor that she missed these doses because we were out of the medication.”
During an interview with the physician, it was verified that the doctor “was not notified that [the resident] was out of her [pain medication] or that she missed any dose of it.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 27, 2017, a state surveyor documented that the facility had failed to “implement behavioral interventions after multiple episodes of adverse behaviors occurring from July 14, 2016, through February 20, 2017.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one of five residents “reviewed for discharge.”
Part of the surveyor’s findings included that the facility’s behavior management committee policy revised August 2015 documents the following: “A behavior management committee is formed to analyze the root cause of a resident’s behavior and provide alternatives to staff or solutions. The same policy documents, information and plans generated from this meeting will be used to update care plans [for the resident] on a more frequent basis than the traditional Quarterly Care Plan.”
The surveyors reviewed a resident’s electronic Mood/Behavior Progress Note documented by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on January 14, 2017. The note revealed that the resident “was in the main dining room sitting next to a male resident holding his hand.” At that time, staff “went over to get [the resident] so the male resident could start eating his lunch.”
It was then that the staff “directed [the resident] away from the table [when she] got upset and started yelling and propelled herself away with her head down not looking where she was going.” The patient bumped “into other resident’s chairs and then propelling herself down the hallway, bumping into the computer stands, etc.”
The surveyor said that the resident’s Care Plan “was not updated after this incident [had] occurred.” The surveyors reviewed the Social Service Director Electronic Progress Note dated February 16, 2017, that documents that the resident “often wheels around the facility in her wheelchair and is very unsafe.”
The patient “often runs her wheelchair into the staff and other residents.” The document stated that “staff will be discussing continued concern for [the female resident’s] safety and the safety of others in the facility related to [her] behavior.” The resident’s “Care Plan was not updated after this incident occurred.”
Do you believe that your loved one suffered abuse, mistreatment or neglect while living at Good Samaritan Society - Geneseo Village? If so, call the law offices of the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 now. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Henry County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Geneseo. Contact us now to schedule a free case review to discuss how to obtain justice and resolve a financial compensation claim.
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