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Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
The increasing population of senior citizens reaching retirement age has placed a significant demand on the number of nursing home beds throughout the United States. This rising need for additional space in nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, and assisted-living homes has caused an increasing demand on finding competent nursing staff members who have been trained in providing the highest level of assistance and care. This demand has increased the number of cases of mistreatment, neglect, and abuse.
Was your loved one mistreated, abused or neglected while residing at a Bond County nursing facility? If so, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully handled and resolve cases exactly like yours. Contact us now so we can begin working on your case today. We can take immediate steps to remove your loved one from the harmful situation and provide your family the financial compensation you deserve.Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is a 90-certified bed "for profit" home providing services to residents of Greenville and Bond County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
400 East Hillview Avenue
Greenville, Illinois, 62246
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois can impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare of any nursing facility that has been found to have violated the established nursing home rules and regulations. Within the last three years, nursing home governmental agencies imposed an $8125 fine against Greenville Nursing and Rehab Center on May 16, 2017, due to substandard care.
Over the last thirty-six months, the facility also received eleven formally filed complaints that all resulted in citations. Additional information about penalties and fines can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Greenville Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The Illinois care home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The IL Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov information contains a comprehensive historical list of filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, and dangerous hazards of every facility in each county.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Bond County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center that include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Unnecessary Physical Restraints
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated May 19, 2017, the state surveyors noted that the nursing home had “failed to implement fall interventions for five of six residents reviewed for falls.” The investigator stated that “this failure resulted in [one resident’s] fall with lacerations requiring sutures.”
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 17, 2018, the state investigators noted that the facility had failed to “identify and identify/assess restraints for [one of five residents] reviewed for restraints.” The surveyor’s findings included observation of a resident just after noon on July 10, 2018 while “lying in bed and has a full bed rail and is sleeping sideways with her head up on the side rail.”
Observations were made of a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and a Restorative Aide while transferring the resident “from her bed to her wheelchair.” The patient “was constantly grunting and unable to make any sentences. Her posture was crooked, and she was unable to sit up straight in bed or her wheelchair. The entire time she was grunting, and her chest was rising up and down rapidly.”
The surveyor said that during observations of the transfer the resident “was unable to uncross her legs.” The CNA and Restorative Aide “attempted to assist her but were unable to uncross her legs or place her feet on the wheelchair pedals. A foam-padded pelvic restraint belt was placed in between [the resident’s] legs and tied to the back of the chair.”
During this time, the resident “was unable to sit up straight in the wheelchair [and] her back is stiff, and her movements are jerky.” The observer said that “her eyes were rapidly blinking, and she continues grimacing and is unable to sit in the wheelchair, and her body is rigid, and her legs do not been. Her posture is abnormal, and she is rigid with her back and legs while in the wheelchair.” The resident “is not able to untie or reach the pelvic restraint.”
The Restorative Aides stated during an interview that the resident “has involuntary movements and she has never been able to do much.” The CNA agreed with the statement and added that the resident “has jerky movements, cannot form words and has difficulty bending her legs. The strap is placed between her legs as a positioning device and to help keep [her] in her wheelchair.”
The investigators reviewed the document title: Physical Restraints dated June 20, 2018, that reads in part: “Device: Pelvic holder: Other: Soft waist position device. The current physical status: the resident is up in a wheelchair for meals. The resident has no control over movements and creates safety concerns.”
The document also reveals “Will trail soft pelvis position device only while up in a wheelchair.” The surveyors say that the documented area is marked “No” in the area asking, “Is this device or restraint?” The survey team reviewed the facility’s policy titled: The Use of Restraint from 2008 that reads in part:
“Restraints shall only be used for the safety and well-being of the residents and only after other alternatives have been tried unsuccessfully. Restraint should only be used to treat the resident’s medical symptoms and never for discipline or staff convenience or the prevention of falls.”
“Examples of devices that are/may be considered physical restraints include leg restraints, arm restraints, hand mitts, soft ties.” Before “placing a resident in restraints, there shall be a pre-restrain assessment and review to determine the need for restraints. Documentation regarding the use of restraint shall include how the restraint [device] benefits the resident by addressing their medical symptoms.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 17, 2018, the state surveyors documented that the facility failed to “implement safety measures for three of five residents reviewed for falls and accidents.”
One incident involved a review of a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that revealed the resident requires the extensive assist of one. The documentation shows that the resident is not steady when “moving from surface to surface” and only “able to stabilize with a human assistant.”
The resident’s Care Plan dated June 27, 2018, shows that the patient “is unsteady with a history of falls and needs assistance with Activities of Daily Living.” The patient’s “approaches for this Care Plan reveals that the patient “should have a bed and wheelchair alarm.”
The investigative team reviewed the resident’s Individual Intervention Log dated March 31, 2018, that shows that the patient “was lowered to the floor during a transfer.” The resident’s “interventions are to perform a physical therapy screening and become a two-person assist to transfer.”
The patient’s Resident Incident Report dated March 31, 2018, revealed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) was transferring the patient “to the bed from the wheelchair” when the resident’s “legs gave out, and the CNA lowered her to the floor.” The documentation shows that the resident “did not have any signs or symptoms of pain and discomfort, and a range of motion was normal in all extremities.”
Documentation reveals that on May 16, 2017, a resident “was in a wheelchair at the nurse’s station. No staff is present at the nurse’s station.” Six hours later at 3:30 PM, the resident “was in the wheelchair at the front door of the facility out of you of the staff.” The following morning on May 17, 2017, the resident “was in a wheelchair sitting in front of the exit door in the dining room, [and] not within staff view.” One hour later, the resident “was in the same place and front of the exit door sleeping in the wheelchair.”
The following morning of May 18, 2017, the cognitively impaired resident “was propelling down the B Hall [the resident’s room is on the A Hall] not in view of the staff.” Approximately forty minutes later, the resident “was at the front entrance in a wheelchair not in full view of staff.” The following morning of May 19, 2017, the resident “was sitting in a wheelchair at the front entrance of the facility sleeping, not in view of the staff.”
A review of the resident’s Care Plan dated May 13, 2017, and the Incident Occurrence report shows that the resident “was found on the floor in his room with his roommate’s wheeled walker turned over and the alarm being in the off position. It documents [that the resident] suffered an abrasion to the left outer elbow, an abrasion to the right outer knee and bilateral knees reddened and bruised. There were no new or progressive interventions implemented or additions made to the care plan.”
The incident/Occurrence Report dated June 4, 2016, shows that the resident “was found on the floor in his room and the alarm not sounding was on the floor next to the bed. It was documented [that the resident] had slipped in his own urine and fell hitting his head causing a hematoma and a laceration to his coccyx. There were no new or progressive interventions implemented or additions made to the care plan.”
The Incident/Occurrence Report dated July 7, 2016, at 6:45 PM revealed that the resident “was found on the floor in the dining room with the alarm not sounding. It documented [that the resident] suffered a laceration and a bruise to the forehead requiring steri-strips and a loss of a tooth. There were no new or progressive interventions implemented or additions made to the care plan.”
The Incident/Occurrence Report dated September 3, 2016, at 5:00 AM documents that the resident “was found on the floor in his room with a roommate’s wheeled walker. No documentation if the alarm was functioning.” The patient “suffered an abrasion to the right index finger measuring 1.5 cm x 0.5 cm. There were no new or progressive interventions implemented or additions made to the care plan.”
The Incident/Occurrence Report dated December 4, 2016, at 10:00 AM revealed that the resident “was a witnessed fall out of his wheelchair in the hallway would no documentation of the alarm functioning. It documented [that the resident] suffered a laceration to the forehead was subsequently sent to the emergency department for an evaluation and treatment. The report documents [that the resident] received five sutures to the forehead.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 19, 2017, the state survey team noted that the nursing home failed to “report an injury of unknown origin immediately to the Administrator, delaying the initial investigation of potential abuse.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one moderately impaired resident “reviewed for abuse.”
The investigative team reviewed the resident’s Incident/Occurrence Report dated May 9, 2017, that shows that the resident had a skin tear “approximately 3.0 cm long [with] dried blood.” The tear was found by a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) who was assisting the resident to the bathroom. At that time, the resident was “unsure how it happened.”
The resident’s Nurse’s Notes document that the CNA found a skin tear “on the left shin with old dried blood approximately 3.5 cm [and that the resident] denies pain and discomfort.” The nursing staff cleansed the area and applied dressings.
The surveyors interviewed the facility Administrator who presented them with “an untitled and untimed document that shows Abuse Investigations ‘0’ abuse allegations.” A Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated on May 18, 2017, that the Administrator “was not notified of the injury.”
The CNA verified at the same time that “she did not notify the Administrator of the injury [but] that she told [the LPN] of the injury.” The Administrator said that “he was not informed of the injury [acknowledging that] with an injury of unknown origin, I investigate, then report it to the State.”
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while living at Greenville Nursing and Rehabilitation Center? If so, call 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 Bond County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Greenville. 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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