Nursing Home Spotlight: Galesburg Terrace

Galesburg TerraceThe August 12, 2010 survey completed by Illinois Department of Health personnel paints a disturbing picture of the care provided to patients at Galesburg Terrace nursing home in Galesburg, IL.  In particular, major safety problems were found with patients who require tracheostomy and/or ventilator care.

Observation of patients and individual charts revealed a facility teetering on the edge of disaster with vulnerable patients continually not receiving the skilled nursing care set forth in their care plans and as prescribed by their doctors.

Amongst the surveys disturbing findings:

  • Patients’ oxygen levels going unmonitored resulting in dangerously low oxygen levels
  • Staff failing to monitor patients on ventilators
  • Delayed suctioning of patients with fluid build-up in their lungs
  • Dislodged tracheostomy tubes
  • ‘High risk’ patients placed in ‘intermediate care’ settings at the facility
  • Medical complications never communicated to patients physicians

After reading through the survey of Galesburg Terrace, it is apparent that staff at the facility are both inadequately trained to treat patients who require specialized care and there are simply too few of them in the first place.

On several occasions surveyors requested confirmation of certain staff members credentials with respect to specialized care– yet the licensure and certifications were never provided.

An interview conducted with an employee at the facility confirmed that some nights only one nurse was available to care for an entire wing of patients at the facility.  In particular, during the earlier morning hours staffing levels were so thin that it was physically impossible for him to provide the necessary care to all of his assigned patients.

By the nurses own admission the staffing levels were ‘unsafe’ as many of the patients he was caring for could ‘crash’ at anytime and there would be no additional nurses available to assist.

As a result of the findings in the August 12, 2010 survey, the Illinois Department of Health issued a ‘Type A’ violation and a $25,000 against Galesburg Terrace.

Related Nursing Home Law Center LLC Blog Entries:

Failure To Clean Trach Tube Leads To Lawsuit

Staff Must Be Diligent In Order To Avoid Clogged Breathing Tubes Amongst Nursing Home Patients

Nursing Home Fined For Negligent Care Of Resident On Ventilator

Sputum Color As Indicator Of The Quality Of Nursing Care

Galesburg Terrace, August 12, 2010 Survey (PDF)


Justia Lawyer Rating for Jonathan Rosenfeld

Client Reviews

Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial. Lisa
After I read Jonathan’s Nursing Home Blog, I decided to hire him to look into my wife’s treatment at a local nursing home. Jonathan did a great job explaining the process and the laws that apply to nursing homes. I immediately felt at ease and was glad to have him on my side. Though the lawsuit process was at times frustrating, Jonathan reassured me, particularly at my deposition. I really felt like Jonathan cared about my wife’s best interests, and I think that came across to the lawyers for the nursing home. Eric