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Sunset Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Abuse and Neglect Lawyers
The staff members in a nursing facility are entrusted to provide every resident compassionate care in a safe environment. Unfortunately, many nursing home patients are victimized through mistreatment by caregivers, visitors, employees or other residents. Some patients are harmed through a sexual assault, mental, emotional or physical abuse, or neglect that leads to preventable conditions including life-threatening bedsores.
If your loved one was injured while living in a Fulton County nursing home, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center attorneys for immediate legal intervention. Our team of attorneys has successfully resolve cases exactly like yours. Let us begin working on your claim for compensation now to ensure your family receives monetary recovery for your damages.Sunset Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility is a "for profit" home providing services to residents of Canton and Fulton County, Illinois. The 115-certified bed long-term care center is located at:
129 South 1St Avenue
Canton, Illinois, 61520
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Sunset Rehab and Health Care Center offers other services that include:
- Alzheimer’s/dementia services
- Symptom management
- Aggression management
- Depression management
- Socialized activity programming
- Coping skills care
- Respite care
- Recuperative stays
- Medical transportation
Illinois and the federal government have the legal obligation to monitor every nursing facility and impose monetary fines or deny payments through Medicare if the home has violated established nursing home regulations and rules. In severe cases, the nursing facility will receive multiple penalties if investigators find the violations are severe and harmed or could have harmed a resident.
Within the last three years, Sunset Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center received ten formally filed complaints and self-reported three serious issues that all resulted in citations. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Canton Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Families can visit the Illinois Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov websites to obtain a complete list of all dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and health violations. 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 and those that do not.
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 two out of five stars for quality measures. The Fulton County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Sunset Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center that include:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident, the Resident’s Doctor or Family Member of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Including an Injury or Decline in Health
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Follow Physician’s Orders to Obtain an X-Ray and Provide the Practitioner with the Result
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 27, 2018, the state surveyors noted that the nursing home “failed to notify the physician of a significant change in activities of daily living for one of two residents reviewed for a decline in activities of daily living.”
The investigators reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Notification for a Change in the Resident’s Condition or Status dated December 7, 2017, that reads in part:
“The Nurse Supervisor/Charge Nurse is to notify the resident’s attending physician or on-call physician when there has been a significant change in the resident’s physical, emotional or mental condition.”
A review of the resident’s Admission MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment dated January 31, 2018, shows that the resident “only required supervision and set up help for all activities of daily living including bed mobility, transfers, walking in the room or corridor, locomotion on-and-off the unit, dressing, eating, toilet use and personal hygiene. The same MDS documents [that the resident] is continent of urine.”
The resident’s MDS Functional Status dated April 26, 2018, shows that the resident “had a decline in activities of daily living when compared to the last MDS on January 31, 2018. This MDS documents [that the resident] required limited assistance of one personal physical assist for transfers, walking in the room and corridor, locomotion on-and-off the unit, dressing, toilet use, and personal hygiene. This same MDS documents [that the resident is] frequently incontinent of urine.”
The investigative team interviewed the resident’s physician on the morning of September 27, 2018 who said that “had I known that [the resident] had a significant decline in Activities of Daily Living, I would have tried to diagnose the issue and given a plan to possibly restore or maintain [their] activities of daily living function.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 27, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility failed to “evaluate the risks versus benefits of entrapment risks with the use of side rails.” The nursing home also “failed to implement side rail safety interventions for one of four residents reviewed for accidents related to side rail usage.”
The incident involved a severely cognitively impaired resident who “has no speech, is rarely/never understood, and rarely/never understands others. This MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment also documents [that the resident] is totally dependent on two or more staff for transfers, bed mobility, dressing, toilet use, and personal hygiene.”
The resident’s Bed Rail/Transfer Bar Evaluation dated July 16, 2018, and signed by the MDS Coordinator documents that the resident “ had an altered mental status and had entrapment risk of neurological disorder causing involuntary movement.” The document shows that the nursing staff should “consider the need to pad the bar. The same evaluation documents [that the resident] is known to have thrashing, jerking, or unpredictable physical movements that may cause entanglement in the bar.”
The surveyor said that the resident’s “medical record does not include an entrapment versus risk assessment for the identified entrapment risks of [their] Bed Rail/Transfer Bar Evaluation.” The resident’s current Disorder Care Plan documents that the resident “requires full side rail pads when in bed as a [medical condition] precautions.”
Observations were made of two CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants] turning and repositioning a resident “to the left side.” The resident “was lying in bed on the left side with raised bilateral upper and bilateral lower side rails; [the resident] had a pillow placed next to the left lower side rail.”
At this time, the resident “had no padding to any of the side rails and had no pillows next to the upper side rails and lower right-side rail.” One Certified Nursing Assistant said that the resident “uses all of the side rails to keep her from rolling out of bed.” The resident “tries to flip her right leg over the left side rail and sometimes [her] foot is through the middle of the lower left side rail.”
On September 24, 2018, just after noon and at 3:30 PM, and again two days later on September 26, 2018, at 10:14 AM, the resident was observed “lying in bed on the left side with raised bilateral upper and bilateral lower side rails.” At this time, the resident “had a pillow placed next to the lower side rail [and] no padding to any of the side rails and had no pillows next to the upper side rails and lower right-side rail.”
The investigators interviewed the MDS Coordinator that morning who said “I did [the resident’s] side rail assessment on July 16, 2018. I was aware of [the resident] having entrapment risks and needing side rail pads. I only do the side rail evaluation, and then I informed the Director of Nursing of [the resident’s] entrapment risks and the need for side rail padding. I do not [evaluate the resident’s] entrapment risks versus benefits for the use of the side rails.”
During an interview with the facility Administrator, the surveyors were told that the resident “needed side rail pads because [the resident] tries to move her foot between and over the side rails. We (the facility) were unable to pay the supplier to get the side rail pads for [the resident], so I instruct the staff to use pillows along [the resident’s] side rails.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated August 3, 2017, the state investigators noted that the nursing home failed to “assess a resident for fall potential and investigate the circumstances of a fall.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved one of five residents “reviewed for falls.”
The survey team reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Fall Prevention dated August 22, 2016, that reads in part:
“Conduct fall assessment on the day of admission, quarterly, and with a change in condition. Identify on admission, the resident’s risk for falls. Assessments for Fall Risk will be completed by the Admission Nurse at the time of the admission. Immediately after any resident fall, the Unit Nurse will assess the resident and provide any care or treatment needed for the resident.”
The state survey team reviewed the resident’s nursing note dated July 25, 2017, that shows the resident “fell on his face and was sent to the local hospital for evaluation. The hospital reported [that the resident] sustained a broken nose, bruises, and abrasion.” The resident “was released to family.”
The Tenant Assistant from the Assisted Living Facility stated on the evening of July 27, 2018, that the resident “was pulling weeds outside the facility, tripped on a rock and fell.” The Tenant Assistant said that the resident “hit their face and right knee on the pavement.” The Assistant said that “the only Care Plan she knew of was the sheet kept in the notebook that listed some of the care items for the resident.”
A review of the resident’s All About My Care sheet “only includes the information that [the resident] requires dentures, has glasses and gloves.” The resident’s “medical record does not contain any type of fall assessment or any Care Plan related to falls.”
A Registered Nurse told the surveyors on July 25, 2017, that the resident “was out on the patio area with one of the Tenant Assistants from the Assisted Living Facility where [the resident] usually resides.” The RN “was called out to evaluate [the resident] after the fall and provided first-aid to [the resident].”
The RN “stated she did not fill out an incident report or any fall documentation and investigative paperwork.” The RN said the “Assisted Living Facility staff handle [the residents] transferred to the hospital and any documentation. [The RN] stated facility staff was not responsible for the resident.”
The Facility Administrator said that “there is no investigation into [the resident’s] fall, nor did the facility send a notification to the State Agency/Long Term Care.” The Administrator also said that the resident “is not really the facility’s resident but is a resident of an Assisted Living Facility who occupied the facility bed.” The Administrator said that “the facility staff has nothing to do with the care of [the resident, and] could not say if [the resident] had any assessments or care planning related to falls.”
The Director of Nursing said that she was told by the Administrator that “they would be getting nine residents from an assisted living facility and those nine residents would be staying for a few days.” The Director said that the resident “came with her medications and Medication Administration Record. However, no actual physician’s orders” were included in the packet.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 27, 2018, the state investigators noted that the nursing facility “failed to obtain a physician order check the x-ray for one of two residents reviewed for respiratory infections.”
The investigators reviewed the Mobile Imaging Service Agreement dated October 20, 2015, that shows “duties and obligations of the facility: The facility shall properly schedule patients and transmit to this provider a requisition form that specifies the test to be provided for a particular patient along with the sign physician’s orders.”
The investigators reviewed the resident’s Medical Record dated September 20, 2018, to September 24, 2018, at 10:30 AM that “does not include documentation of [the residents] chest x-ray were ever being obtained.” As a part of the investigation, the surveyors interviewed a Registered Nurse (RN) who provides the resident care who said that “I called the outside radiology services and confirmed that [the resident’s] chest x-ray was never ordered to be done.”
The facility Director of Nursing said the resident’s “chest x-ray should have been ordered on September 20, 2018 and obtained within 24 hours of the order.”
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