Peoria Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Attorneys

Peoria IL Nursing Home Ratings Graph

For many families, nursing homes are invaluable because they provide assistance to an aging or disabled loved one who no longer has the capacity to care for themselves. Sadly, many families discover that many assisted-living homes, rehabilitation centers and nursing facilities cannot always be relied upon in providing all the medical services and hygiene assistance required by their residents. The Peoria nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC have seen serious problems that many facilities within Peoria County and throughout the state of Illinois.

Medicare releases publicly available information every month on all nursing homes in Peoria, Illinois based on the data gathered through inspections, investigations and surveys. According to the federal agency, surveyors found serious violations and deficiencies at thirteen (50%) of these twenty-six Peoria nursing facilities that led to residents receiving substandard care. If your loved one was harmed, injured, mistreated, abused or died unexpectedly from neglect while residing at a nursing home in Illinois, your family has rights to ensure justice. 

We urge you to contact the Peoria nursing home abuse & neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center (800-926-7565) today. Schedule a free case evaluation and let us discuss your legal options for obtaining monetary recovery through a lawsuit or compensation claim.

Peoria County is home to nearly 188,000 residents, of which more than 26,000 are senior citizens. In fact, the number of retirees has risen significantly throughout the county in recent decades as the baby boomer generation grows older. The significant rise in the number of elders in the Peoria community has placed a substantial demand for more nursing home beds than often times are simply unavailable. As a result, the overcrowded conditions in an understaffed facility often leads to catastrophic results or vulnerable residents become victims of assault, abuse, neglect or mistreatment.

Peoria Nursing Home Resident Health Concerns

Abuse, neglect and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities often produce catastrophic, life-threatening and devastating consequences for the resident suffering harm. The most common forms of neglect and abuse involve:

  • Physical and sexual assault
  • Negligence
  • Dehydration and malnutrition
  • The development of facility-acquire bedsores
  • Medication errors where the resident is given the wrong medication or the right medication at the wrong dosage
  • Avoidable falling accidents

Our Peoria County elder abuse attorneys recognize that every nursing home resident has the right to respect, dignity and freedom and should be treated with consideration of their individuality. In addition, every resident has the right to remain fully informed and an active participant in the level of care they receive. Unfortunately, not all nursing home residents are afforded their rights. As a result, our Illinois nursing home attorneys continually review nursing facilities all throughout the county by gathering information from national and state databases including

Comparing Peoria Area Nursing Facilities

The detailed information listed below outlines nursing facilities throughout the Peoria area that currently maintain below average ratings. The publicly available information includes health concerns, opened investigations, filed complaints, health hazards and other problems. Many families facing the undesirable task of placing a loved one in a nursing home will use this information to make themselves better informed.

Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Information

Our attorneys have compiled data from reported settlements and jury verdicts from across Illinois to give you an idea of what your case may be worth in a civil law context. We have broken down these cases according to case type and patient injury. Learn more about these Illinois nursing home lawsuit settlements below:

Overall Rating of 69 Nursing Homes
    Rating: 5 out of 5 (17) Much above average
    Rating: 4 out of 5 (15) Above average
    Rating: 3 out of 5 (16) Average
    Rating: 2 out of 5 (11) Below average
    Rating: 1 out of 5 (10) Much below average
August 2018

3611 North Rochelle
Peoria, IL 61604
(309) 688-4412

A “For-Profit” 98-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/07/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “follow a Care Plan for fall prevention measures and [develop] a fall prevention policy.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for falls” who sustained a laceration to the forehead after falling from the wheelchair.

The deficient practice was noted after review of the 12/30/2015 to 01/07/2016 Incident Log that documents that a resident “had an unwitnessed fall on 01/03/2016.” The resident’s 01/03/2016 Fall Investigation documents that on 01/03/2016, “at approximately 1:20 AM [the resident] was observed on [the resident’s] bedroom floor lying on [their] back.” The resident indicated that they “fell out of [their] wheelchair. The resident [was] noted to have a three inch laceration to the left forehead…”

The state surveyor reviewed the resident’s 10/07/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that documents the resident “is moderately cognitively impaired and requires extensive assistance of one person for self-sufficiency while in the wheelchair.” The resident’s 05/05/2015 Care Plan states “staff instructed not to leave resident in room in wheelchair unattended. [The resident’s] judgment prevents [the resident] from being safety conscious at times…”

The state surveyor reviewed the 01/03/2015 Emergency Room after Visit Summary Note that documents that the resident “was treated in the emergency room for ‘Laceration of head and neck, initial encounter and fall from wheelchair.” The note instructs [the resident] to see [their] primary care physician for suture removal to [their] forehead laceration.”

Our Peoria elder abuse attorneys recognize that failing to ensure that residents remain safe in their environment and free from falling might be considered negligence or mistreatment if the staff does not follow established protocols and procedures including their Care Plan.

Aperion Care Decatur
2650 North Monroe St.
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 875-1973

A “For-Profit” 140-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocol to Ensure Residents Receive Adequate Supervision and Assisted Devices to Prevent Accidents from Occurring

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “implement fall-related interventions for one resident at the facility.”

The deficient practice was noted after a review of a resident’s 11/05/2015 Minimum Data Set documenting at the resident “requires extensive assistance with two staff or transfers and one person assistance with wheelchair/chair ambulation.” In addition, the resident’s 01/04/2016 fall assessment indicates that the resident “is at risk for falls.”

The state surveyor reviewed the 01/13/2016 Incident by Date documenting that the resident “had a fall on 12/08/2015 and 01/04/2016. However, the resident’s 11/24/2015 Care Plan “did not document updated fall prevention interventions from [the resident’ is] falls on 12/08/2015 in 01/04/2016.”

In addition, the surveyor noted that a review of the resident’s 01/04/2016 Progress Note documents that the resident “was in the hallway when observed standing up from the wheelchair. [The resident] fell to his right landing on his right side. No injuries noted at this time.” The facility’s 12/08/2015 Witnessed Fall documents of the resident “was trying to transfer himself from the chair to the lobby back to his wheelchair and fell on his bottom. Resident stated ‘I [the resident] lost my balance and fell.’ No injuries noted…”

The state surveyor conducted a 01/13/2016 3:20 PM interview with the facility’s Administrator who stated “the fall prevention interventions documented on 01/04/2016 were ‘redirect resident, offer assistance to activities, offered TV (television), music, quiet area to decrease stimulation’.” However, the facility Administrator stated “I cannot find [the resident’s] fall prevention’s interventions for 01/04/2016 on [the resident’s] Care Plan. If not there, then staff are not aware.”

Our Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols involving providing care to residents needing special assistance might place the well-being and health of the resident in jeopardy. The deficient practice does not follow the established policies, procedures and protocols adopted by Aperion Care Decatur and might be considered negligence or mistreatment.

Heartland of Decatur
444 West Harrison St.
Decatur, IL 62526
(217) 877-7333

A “For-Profit” 117-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Treatment and Services to Prevent the Development of a Life-Threatening Pressure Ulcer

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/20/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “assess a pressure ulcer, evaluate the treatment and document the pressure ulcer management.” This deficient practice directly involved one resident at the facility.

The state surveyor the facility’s 10/13/2015 Progress Notes documenting that the resident had an open area on “left buttocks is noted and identified at this time.” The facility notified the Primary Care Physician through a facsimile on 10/13/2015 documenting “a treatment order to the open area on [the resident’s] left buttocks and a Wound Consult. There are no measurements, assessments or descriptive details of the wound documented in [the resident’s] medical record until 13 days later.”

According to the November 2015 Physician’s Order sheet the resident had a Braden Scale for predicting Pressure Ulcers dated 09/13/2015 in 08/24/2015 documenting “that [the resident] is high risk for pressure ulcers and has a history of pressure ulcers.” The 11/26/2015 Wound Care Specialist Evaluation documents that the resident “presents with a Stage III pressure wound to the left buttocks… there is moderate serous exudate.” The identical report also documents “another pressure ulcer identified as ‘unstageable (due to necrosis) of the coccyx measuring 1.5 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters with undeterminable depth.”

The facility’s Primary Care Physician “stated in the 13 day interim from notification and [the resident] being seen by the Wounds Specialist, [the Primary Care Physician] expected that the wound and the treatment should have been evaluated [… and] stated there was no notification of the wound worsening and if there had been, the treatment could have been changed.”

Our Decatur nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols and providing treatment and services to prevent the development of a life-threatening pressure ulcer might be considered mistreatment or negligence. The deficient practice by the nursing staff violates federal and state nursing home regulations and does not follow the facility’s pressure ulcer policy that reads in part:

“If a pressure ulcer is identified, a Pressure Ulcer Scale for Healing (PUSH tool) is initiated by a member of the wound team for each site identified. A comprehensive evaluation is completed and documented in the patient’s clinical record and may include, but not limited to: location, depth, appearance of surrounding skin, presence and location of tunneling, presence and location of undermining, evidence of infection and pain. Daily skin evaluations are completed by the licensed nurse for any patient with a pressure ulcer.”

Decatur rehabilitation and health care center
136 South Dipper Ln.
Decatur, IL 62522
(217) 428-7767

A “For-Profit” 58-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols and Procedures When Providing Treatments and Services to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores or Heal Existing Bedsores

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/21/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “notify the physician of a worsening pressure sore [and the facility’s failure] to monitor a pressure sore and skin integrity [and its failure] to provide treatment; nutritional and pressure relieving interventions for pressure sores and [its failure] to implement a physician’s order for wound consult.” These deficient practices directly involve four residents at the facility “review for pressure sores.”

The complaint investigation was initiated because the deficient practices resulted in one resident “developing a Stage III pressure sore to the coccyx and an unstageable pressure sore to the heal.”

The resident’s 12/02/2015 Admission History and Physical documents that the resident “was admitted to the hospital on 12/02/2015 with diagnosis Septic Shock and Left Foot Wound infection” and underwent “a left below knee amputation” the following day.” The hospital documents of the resident “was discharged from the hospital with instructions to follow up with [a Urologist] in two weeks to monitor penis wound.” The resident’s 12/10/2015 Physician’s Order Sheet documents the resident has an order “to have daily skin checks.” However, the Decatur Rehabilitation and Health Care Center Nurses Notes dated from 12/10/2015 through 01/10/2016 do not have any “documentation related to pressure sores other than [the resident’s] penis wound. The facility’s Nurse’s Notes on 12/19/2015 at 9:00 PM indicate that the “resident remains on isolation for MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus).”

The facility’s December (12/01/2015 through 12/31/2015) TAR (Treatment Administration Record) do not document any monitoring of the resident’s penis wound” nor are there any “Weekly Skin Checks and no dates are initialed to indicate a skin check was completed” for the resident.”

The resident’s 12/31/2015 Skin Assessment for Predicting Pressure Ulcer Risk reports document that the resident “is at high risk for pressure sore development.” The 01/10/2016 at 6:10 AM Nurse’s Notes document that the resident “was transported to hospital for surgery (colon resection).” The state surveyor conducted a 9:40 AM 01/21/2016 interview with the hospital surgeon who stated “that it is unlikely that [the resident] developed a stage III coccyx pressure sore and the unstageable right heel pressure sore while being transported to the hospital and that not completing daily skin checks could have contributed to the development or worsening of the wound.”

Our Decatur elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols when providing treatment and services to prevent the development of pressure sores might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The deficient practice that lasted more than a month does not follow the established protocols and policies adopted by Decatur Rehabilitation and Health Care Center especially the facility’s May 2007 policy titled Decubitus Care/Pressure areas that reads in part:

“Documentation of the pressure area must occur… at least once each week on the TAR. The assessment must include… size, shape, depth, color…”

What You Can Do If You Suspect Mistreatment at a Peoria Nursing Facility

If you discover that your loved one has been abuse, neglected or mistreated there are specific steps you must take to serve as their advocate and stop the harm now. Some of these steps include:

  • Ensure Your Loved One Receives Medical Attention Immediately – Take every step necessary to ensure that your loved one receives medical attention from a doctor or hospital that is not affiliated with the nursing home in any way. A responsible medical professional can provide a variety of options to protect the health of your loved one and prevent their condition from becoming worse. By seeking immediate medical attention, your loved one can have the signs of abuse and neglect documented for future care and as evidence when seeking legal remedies.
  • Gather Evidence of Your Suspicions – Consider taking photographs of your loved one’s injuries and the condition of the room. Collect all valuable contact information from any individual witnessing the mistreatment, abuse or neglect of your loved one.
  • File a Report – Filing a complaint with the details of the abuse, neglect or mistreatment of your loved one is crucial. If you suspect that a crime was committed, it is imperative to immediately contact law enforcement authorities.
  • Consider Relocating Your Loved One – Moving your loved one to a facility that provides a higher level of care can demonstrate your commitment to ensure they receive the medical and hygiene attention they require.
  • Hire an Attorney – A law firm that specializes in nursing home neglect cases can investigate the abuse, mistreatment or neglect of your loved one. An aggressive law firm can ensure that every individual responsible for harming your loved one is held legally and financially accountable.
Let Our Peoria Nursing Home Abuse & Neglect Lawyers Help Your Family

The Peoria nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center LLC are readily accessible to provide the legal help you need to stop the harm now. If your loved one has suffered from abuse, neglect or mistreatment, you will need the assistance of an experienced reputable lawyer with a solid successful track record. Our Illinois team of dedicated seasoned attorneys has years of experience in providing legal representation in victim cases involving negligence, abuse and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities throughout Peoria County.

We urge you to call our Illinois elder abuse law office at (800) 926-7565 today. Schedule your appointment to meet with one of our respected attorneys for your free, no obligation case review. All cases are handled through contingency fee agreement, so no upfront fee is required. All information you provide remains confidential.

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