Lebanon Care Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Families must often entrust the staff at a nursing facility to provide their loved one the highest level of care. Unfortunately, many patients in nursing homes are victimized through abuse, neglect, and mistreatment that results and wrongful death or severe harm.
If your loved one was mistreated while residing in a St. Clair County nursing facility, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys for immediate legal intervention. Our team of lawyers has successfully resolved financial compensation claims just like yours. We ensure our clients receive monetary recovery for their damages while holding those responsible for the mistreatment legally accountable. We can begin working on your case today.Lebanon Care Center
This facility is a "for profit" center providing services to residents of Lebanon and St. Clair County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating 90-certified bed long-term care (LTC) home is located at:
1201 North Alton
Lebanon, Illinois, 62254
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Lebanon Care Center offers other services including:
- Alzheimer’s/dementia care
- Memory care
- Nursing care
- Adult life skills training
- Depression management
- Aggression management
- Symptom management
- In-house work program
- Respite care
- Coping skills
Illinois and the federal government have a legal responsibility of monitoring every nursing home in the state. These agencies have the authority to impose monetary penalties or withhold payment from Medicare if the nursing facility has violated rules and regulations. Typically, the more serious the violation, the higher the monetary fines, especially if neglect or abuse caused harm or could have harmed a resident.
Within the last three years, nursing home regulatory agencies have imposed a monetary penalty for $47,885 against Lebanon Care Center on March 24, 2017, due to substandard care. Also, the facility received six formally filed complaints and self-reported three serious issues that all 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.Lebanon Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov and the Illinois Department of Public Health website to obtain a complete list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints in nursing homes in local communities. The regularly updated information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which long-term care facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing issues and four out of five stars for quality measures. The St. Clair County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Lebanon Care Center that include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Unnecessary Physical Restraints
- 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 Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment and Care to Prevent the Development of New Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated March 24, 2017, the state survey team noted that the nursing home had “failed to properly assess, evaluate and monitor the use of side rails and the potential risk for entrapment.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two of three residents “reviewed for side rail entrapment hazards.” The survey team said that “this failure resulted in an Immediate Jeopardy.”
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 24, 2017, the state investigators noted that the facility had failed to “assess the risks versus benefits for the use of restraints for one of two residents reviewed for the use of restraints.” The survey team reviewed a resident’s POS (Physician Order Sheet) that documents “the use of a laptop cushion.”
A review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment and Brief Interview of Mental Status “was not done because the resident is rarely/never understood. The staff assessment for mental status documents a score of three for cognitive skills for daily decision-making (severely impaired – never/rarely made decisions).”
The surveyors say that the Minimum Data Set documents that the patient “requires extensive assistance of two staff members for transfer and is totally dependent on one staff member for ambulation with the use of a wheelchair. The MDS also documents a restraint is used daily in the chair to prevent rising.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyors reviewed the resident’s Care Plan dated January 24, 2017, that reveals a wheelchair and laptop cushion were added: “so the resident can sit properly.” The document says that the resident “will lean over in a regular chair” and is noted, “to have difficulty walking.” The plan says to use a nonslip mat placed in the wheelchair “keep the resident from sliding in the chair. The laptop cushion is to be “released at least every two hours and as needed. Monitor for adverse effects related to the laptop cushion.”
The survey team observed the resident at 9:18 AM on March 14, 2017 “in the dining room with the laptop cushion on his wheelchair.” Just after noon, the resident “was observed in the dining room with the laptop cushion on his wheelchair. At this time, [the patient] was being fed by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).” Two minutes later another LPN set to assist the resident who “ate the entire lunch meal with their wheelchair laptop cushion in place.”
The surveyors observed the resident in the dining room with a wheelchair laptop cushion in place on March 15, 2017, at 11:14 AM, and six days later at 11:15 AM on March 21, 2017.”
During an interview with the facility LPN, it was revealed that the patient “cannot remove the wheelchair laptop cushion by himself.” The Administrator stated during an interview that “the laptop cushion is to be removed for meals.” The resident “was not evaluated by Therapy for the use of a wheelchair laptop cushion before it was placed.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 12, 2018, the state investigator documented the facility’s failure to “notify the physician of a Stage I pressure ulcer for [one resident] reviewed for physician notification.” The survey team reviewed the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that revealed the patient “requires extensive assistance with all activities of daily living, uses oxygen and is at risk for the development of pressure ulcers.”
The surveyors observed the resident “seated in her wheelchair with a nasal cannula and tubing attached to a portable oxygen tank.” The patient “was very thin. Where the nasal cannula was resting on [the patient’s] protruding cheekbone, a quarter size non-implantable red area was under the nasal cannula.”
At that time, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) adjusted the nasal cannula on the patient’s “face and stated, ‘it is from the nasal cannula.’ However, the LPN “did not assess, measure or provide any pressure relieving interventions to [the patient’s] cheekbones.”
Later that day at 4:00 PM, the resident “still had no pressure relief for the left cheekbone, which had become darker red. When asked, [the resident] reported that her left cheek was sore.”
The survey team reviewed the resident’s Nurse’s Notes and Treatment Administration Record (TAR) for January 2018 that had “no documentation that [the patient’s] skin was assessed. There was no documentation in [the resident’s] physician’s orders [involving] cheekbone from the nasal cannula. There was no documentation that [the patient’s] family or Health Care Power of Attorney was notified of [the resident’s] left cheek Stage I pressure area.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated March 24, 2017, the survey team noted that the nursing home had “failed to notify the physician of multiple missed/un-administered medication doses and multiple failures to [perform] blood glucose monitoring for three to fifteen residents.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 12, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “monitor, assess and prevent the formation of a pressure ulcer.”
The investigators reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment that documents the patient “required extensive assistance with all activities of daily living, used oxygen and was at risk for the development of pressure ulcers.” This deficiency involved the resident documented above with a bedsore developing on their cheekbone due to the use of a nasal cannula.
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 January 12, 2018, the state survey team documented that the facility had failed to “provide effective safety interventions, supervision to prevent falls, and safe smoking for two residents reviewed for supervision.”
In one case, the surveyors reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment and Brief Interview of Mental Status. These reports revealed the patient is moderately impaired “with cognition and decision-making, has an unsteady balance, no limitation with a range of motion, non-ambulatory and requires extensive assistance with transfers.”
The resident’s Fall Assessment dated October 27, 2017, shows that the patient “is at high risk for falls, requires assistance to stand, receives [medication] and is confused.” The surveyors observed the resident on the afternoon of January 9, 2018 “in the television room in a high back wheelchair with anti-tippers on the back of the wheelchair.” At that time, the patient “was asleep and leaning forward in the wheelchair.”
The resident then “woke up and began to scratch her leg, with her head close to her lap.” The patient “was wearing non-slip socks. There was no staff in the area.”
Five minutes later the resident “was still in the wheelchair in the television area. At that time, [a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] asked her if she needed to use the bathroom.” The patient declined. The CNA then left the patient “unattended in the TV room” while she was leaning forward “in the wheelchair, with her head nearly resting in her lap.”
The following morning at 8:42 AM, the resident “was in the TV room, leaning forward in the wheelchair [and] had a reclining high back wheelchair that was in the upright position.” The resident “was awake, and said she is feeding her baby.” The Director of Nursing asked the resident “if she wanted to lie down,” but the patient refused. The Director then “left the area. At that time, [the resident] had no staff supervision.”
The surveyors observed the resident alone and unsupervised on numerous occasions after that throughout the day between 9:08 AM and 12:39 PM when the patient was seen “leaning forward with her head nearly touching the brick wall.”
Though the investigators removed the Immediate Jeopardy on March 22, 2017, “the facility remains at Severity Level 2 as the facility continues to in-service staff, and updated policies and procedures as needed.”
A surveyor reviewed the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) publication titled: Hospital Bed System Dimensional and Assessment Guidance to Reduce Entrapment – Guidance for Industry and FDA Staff that reads in part:
“To reduce the risk of head entrapment, the opening in the bed system should not allow the widest part of the small head (head breadth measured across the face from ear to ear) to be trapped.”
The investigation involved a review of a resident’s Fall Care Plan dated May 18, 2016, that shows that the patient “has risk factors that require monitoring intervention to reduce the potential for self-injury. Consider medical conditions, sensory alterations, gait, balance, assisted devices, cognition, mood/behavior, safety awareness, compliance, medications restriction, restraints. Risk factors include weakness, confusion, recent falls, left ‘hemi’ behaviors (attempt to get up without assistance).” The resident “has a history of [being] non-compliant with calling for assistance to get out of bed and continues to ignore safety issues.”
During an interview with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on the afternoon of March 16, 2017, it was revealed that the resident “uses the side rails to help with activities of daily living.” The resident was observed four days later “in bed with the right half side rail in the up position.”
The resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment documents that the cognitively intact patient requires “extensive assistance of two staff members for bed mobility and total dependence of two staff members for transfers.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 12, 2018, a state investigator noted the nursing home's failure to “perform hand hygiene to prevent the spread of infection and cross contamination.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved four residents at the facility.
The survey team observed a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) on the morning of January 5, 2018, providing “incontinent care for a resident.” The CNA “did not change gloves or use hand hygiene during incontinence care” before “leaving the room with a trash bag containing the soiled adult brief and did not wash hands.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated March 24, 2017, the survey team noted that the nursing facility had “failed to perform hand hygiene and prevent cross-contamination to prevent infection for four residents reviewed for infection control.”
The investigation involved the observation of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performing pressure ulcer dressing for a resident at 1:30 PM on March 16, 2017. The LPN “applied gloves with no hand hygiene before.”
The LPN “got into the treatment cart and got the medication and placed a small amount into a plastic medication cup [before entering the resident’s room.” The LPN entered the resident’s room, “washed hands and donned gloves [before removing the covers from the resident] and then removed his gloves and donned new gloves.” However, the Licensed Practical Nurse “did not perform hand hygiene after removing the old gloves and donning new” gloves.
Was your loved one injured or harmed while a resident at Lebanon Care Center? If so, call the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for legal help. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of St. Clair County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Lebanon. 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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