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Integrity Healthcare of Marion Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities are not always obvious to identify. In addition to assisting, the nursing staff might provide substandard care that still results in serious injuries, preventable accidents or avoidable wrongful death.
If your loved one was injured while residing in a Williamson County nursing facility, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully resolved cases exactly like yours. Let us work on your behalf to ensure that your family receives adequate monetary compensation to recover your damages. We will use the law to hold those responsible for causing your harm both legally and financially accountable.Integrity Healthcare of Marion
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is a "for profit" 125-certified bed Home providing cares to residents of Marion and Williamson County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1301 East Deyoung
Marion, Illinois, 62959
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Integrity Health Care of Marion provides other services that include:
- Wound care
- Hospice care
- Respite care
- Behavioral health care
- Accelerated therapy
- Nutritional interventions
State investigators working on behalf of the federal government, Medicare, and Medicaid have the legal authority to impose monetary fines or deny payment for Medicare services to any nursing facility that has violated rules and regulations.
Within the last three years, Integrity Healthcare of Marion received twenty-six formally filed complaints due to substandard care. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Marion Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all dangerous hazards, safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, opened investigations, and filed complaints. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov and the IL Department of Public Health website.
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 Williamson County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Integrity Healthcare of Marion that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies and Procedures That Prevent Abuse, Neglect, and Mistreatment
- Failure to Timely Report Suspected Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment and Report Those Results of the Investigation to the Proper Authorities
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Provide Pharmaceutical Services to Meet the Needs of Each Resident
- Failure to Ensure There Is a Pest Control Program to Prevent/Deal with Mice, Insects or Other Pests
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 22, 2018, the state survey team had documented that the nursing facility failed to “implement their abuse/neglect policy for an allegation of staff to resident abuse involving two of twelve residents reviewed for abuse.”
Documentation shows that on June 21, 2018, at 8:37 AM, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) stated “she had reported an abuse allegation against [another CNA to the Director of Nursing] in the past. When asked if she could remember when [she reported the incident, she stated] it has been a bit, but I could not recall an exact date. On June 21, 2018, 11:30 AM, the CNA further stated that the allegation she reported to the Director of Nursing was months ago and involved [two residents].”
The CNA said that both of those residents “told her [that another CNA] was rough with them, so she told the Director of Nursing.” The CNA continued to say that “after she told [the Director of Nursing] about the allegation, [the allegedly abusive CNA] came to her and said if someone had a problem with her, they should tell her first. When asked if the administrative staff at the facility ever interviewed her, took a statement from her, or talked with her about the allegation, [the CNA] said, No, she had not been questioned, nor had she filled out a statement, but that she heard from the other CNAs (unable to identify) that the allegation was unfounded.”
The investigators asked the Administration for a Facility Report on incidents and investigations involving both residents for review. However, there was only one abuse allegation dated May 28, 2018, regarding the resident documenting an allegation that their funds were missing. “The only abuse investigation file regarding [the other resident] with the [abusive CNA] listed as an alleged perpetrator was dated April 10, 2018 and documented an allegation of verbal/mental abuse that was brought to the facility’s attention by an Illinois Department of Public Health surveyor during an annual survey.”
The investigators further reviewed the facility’s investigation reports that revealed no Illinois Department of Public Health notification or investigation was completed or documented regarding [that the CNA reported the allegation of the allegedly abusive CNA] being rough with [both residents].”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 22, 2018, the state investigative team noted that the nursing home “failed to report to the State, both immediately and within five working days of the incident, an allegation of staff-to-resident abuse involving [two residents] reviewed for abuse.” The investigators reviewed the facility’s Abuse and Prevention Program dated February 2017 that reads in part:
“Internal Reporting requirements and identification of allegations: Employees are required to report any incident, allegation or suspicion of potential abuse, neglect, exploitation, mistreatment or misappropriation of resident property they observe, hear about, or suspect to the Administrator immediately, to an immediate supervisor who must then immediately report it to the Administrator, to a compliance hotline or compliance officer.”
“In the absence of the Administrator, reporting can be made to an individual who has been designated to act in the Administrator’s absent. Any allegation of abuse will be reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health immediately, but not more than two hours after the allegation of abuse.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 16, 2017, the state surveyors documented that the facility had failed to “thoroughly investigate a fall incident involving a total care resident.” The deficient practice involved an aging hospice resident “reviewed for accidents/incidents.”
The surveyors observed the resident “in his bed on May 19, 2018, at 11:20 AM “with braces on both of his lower arms and contracture prevention boots on both lower extremities.” The patient’s “bed was adjusted to a 45-degree angle, and in a normal height position and was noted to have a lower air loss alternating pressure mattress in place. There was a quarter-size side rail positioned on each side at the top third of the bed.”
A Daily Skilled Nursing Note dated March 9, 2017, at 6:30 AM revealed that the resident’s “torso (upper in bed), legs were dangling from the side of the bed with the feet touching the floor. Pillows utilized to deter rolling. The bed is set at the lowest level while resting as a safety measure.” The Incident/Accident Report on the same date indicates that the “side rails were up and no injury.”
The resident’s Post-Fall Management Quality Assurance Form dated March 9, 2017, indicates that the resident’s “lower torso and lower extremities were hanging off the edge of the bed and that the nursing staff corrected the resident’s position in bed. On the same form, the Plan of Action to Prevent Recurrence indicates an alarm to be put into place.”
However, observations the resident in bed on May 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM and again at 1:30 PM, and again the following day at 7:35 AM, 12:26 PM, and 1:55 PM, reveal that the resident “did not have a bed alarm in place at any of the times nor at any other time throughout of the survey.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 5, 2018, the state surveyors noted that the facility failed to “accurately document the medication administration for one of five residents reviewed for accurate medication administration documentation.”
Documentation shows that on July 3, 2018, the resident “did not receive [their] 8:00 PM insulin” medication the evening before. The resident states that they had reported that they “did not receive [their] insulin to the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), but still never received [their] 8:00 PM doses.”
On July 5, 2018, at 11:38 AM, the LPN stated that they do not recall the resident reporting to them that they did not receive their “bedtime insulin.” The LPN believes that it was approximately 11:00 PM when the resident “reported [that they did not think that they receive their] 8:00 PM insulin.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 22, 2018, the state surveyors noted that the nursing home had “failed to have an effective pest control program in place that would ensure the facility was free of bugs and roads. This [deficient practice] has the potential to affect all seventy-six residents living in the facility.”
The state surveyors noted that during an interview with the resident on the morning on June 20, 2018, the resident “had seen some ants and centipedes in the facility.” A second resident stated a few minutes later that “the facility had problems in the kitchen. When asked what problems they had, the [patient] stated, fruit flies and roaches.” The resident stated that they had “also seen roaches in [their] bathroom.”
The state surveyors observed a flat bug with multiple legs “in the sink in the Activities Room and multiple flies… flying about” at 9:54 AM on June 20, 2018. Six minutes later, surveyors observed “mouse droppings and dead roaches… on top of the baking powder containers and the back shelves in the kitchen’s dry storage room.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyors interviewed the Dietary Manager who “confirmed there were mice droppings and dead cockroaches [saying that they had] called the pest control company and left a message for a return call.”
The Dietary Manager stated that “the facility did have a pest control contract in place and [the pest control company] had been in the facility within the past month.” The manager said that “the droppings were the first he had seen, and he had not seen any mice.”
Do you believe that your loved one was mistreated, neglected or abused while living at Integrity Healthcare of Marion? If so, call the Illinois nursing home abuse neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Williamson County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Marion. 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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