Timber Point Healthcare Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Mistreatment can occur in any nursing facility where the victim is injured through abuse or neglect by employees, visitors or other patients. According to statistics, the disabled, elderly, rehabilitating and infirm are the nation’s most vulnerable when placed in the hands of negligent caregivers. If your loved one was harmed while residing in an Adams County nursing facility, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys for immediate legal intervention.
Our team of attorneys has successfully resolved cases just like yours and can help your family too. We use the law to hold those responsible for your harm both legally and financially accountable. Let us begin working on your case today to ensure that your family is adequately compensated for your monetary damages.Timber Point Healthcare Center
This Medicare/Medicaid-participating long-term care (LTC) center is a "for profit" 110-certified-bed home providing cares to residents of Camp Point and Adams County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
205 East Spring Street
Camp Point, Illinois, 62320
In addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Timber Point Healthcare Center offers other services that include:
- Speech, occupational and physical therapies
- Social services
Illinois nursing home regulators and federal inspectors have the legal authority to penalize any nursing home identified as violating rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. Typically, these penalties include monetary fines and denial for payment of medical services.
Within the last three years, Timber Point Healthcare Center received four formally filed complaints and self-reported serious issues that all resulted in citations. Additional information about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Camp Point Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Families can review publically available data on every long-term and intermediate care facility in Illinois by visiting numerous government databases including Medicare.gov and the IL Department of Public Health website. This data is a valuable tool to use when choosing the best location to place a loved one who needs the highest level of services and care in a safe environment.
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 three out of five stars for quality measures. The Adams County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Timber Point Healthcare Center that include:
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- Failure to Develop or Use Policies that Forbid Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Reports of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident’s Drug Regiment Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 7, 2018, a state investigative team noted the nursing home's failure to “ensure hand hygiene was performed following incontinence care for one resident reviewed for incontinence care.” The surveyors reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Hand Washing/Hand Hygiene dated November 2013 that reads in part:
“It is the policy at the facility to assure staff practice recognized hand washing/hand hygiene procedures as a primary means to prevent the spread of infection among residents, personnel and visitors. The policy further states that the staff must perform hand hygiene after contact with blood, body fluids, secretions, mucous membranes, or non-intact skin, after contact with the resident’s intact skin.”
The state surveyors observed two Certified Nursing Aides (CNAs) on the morning of June 5, 2018, in a resident’s room “preparing to provide [the resident] with incontinence care.” Both CNAs “applied gloves and assisted [the resident and removed the resident’s] pants and soiled incontinence brief.” One CNA “used a washcloth to cleanse urine and fecal material from [the resident’s] perineal and buttocks area. Without removing soiled gloves or performing hand hygiene, [that CNA touched the resident’s] exposed legs and clothing then began unfolding a clean blanket.”
During this time, the other CNA proceeded to roll the resident “to the left and cleansed the area around [the resident’s] right hip and buttock area. Neither [CNA] removed their soiled gloves or perform hand hygiene before applying [the resident’s] clean incontinence brief, redressing [the resident’s] pants, or before covering [the resident] with the blanket that [one CNA] unfolded.”
During an interview with both Certified Nursing Aides, it was verified that they had not removed “the soiled gloves after performing incontinence care before touching [the resident or the resident’s] clothes and linens.” Both CNAs “also verified hand hygiene should be performed after providing incontinence care and before touching a resident, their clothing or bed linens.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, the state investigator said that the nursing home had “failed to perform hand hygiene and change gloves during incontinence care for six of seven residents reviewed for incontinence.” The investigators reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Hand washing/Hand Hygiene that provided guidance to the nursing staff on how to maintain sanitation while performing care.
As a part of the investigation, the Director of Nursing “verified that staff is to change gloves and clean hands between dirty and clean when providing incontinence care and that staff should follow the policies in place for handwashing and hand hygiene.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, the state survey team noted that the nursing home “failed to prevent misappropriation of narcotic medication for one resident in a supplemental sample.” A review of the facility’s Nursing Home Facts Form dated May 9, 2017, shows “possible narcotic diversion, missing [medication], Illinois State police here, an investigation [has] begun. The form is signed by the [facility Administrator].”
Documentation shows that on May 9, 2017, at 12:30 PM, the Administrator said a Registered Nurse (RN) and a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “were working on the 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM shift.” The Administrator stated that a resident “had thirty pills of [a narcotic medication] delivered that evening.” The Administrator said that “the pharmacy manifest was signed by [both the Registered Nurse and the Licensed Practical Nurse].”
The Administrator said that when a second Registered Nurse arrived at 6:00 AM, “the narcotic counts for [the resident’s narcotic medication] appeared correct.” The Administrator said that the second RN “noticed later in the shift that someone had punched [twenty-nine narcotic tablets] from [the resident’s] punch card and that one [narcotic pill] from a previous bubble punch card was missing.” The Administrator said that the resident’s missing narcotics “could not be found anywhere in the facility.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, the state surveyor said that the nursing home “failed to notify the State Agency of allegations of misappropriation of [narcotic] medications for two of five residents reviewed for abuse.” This failure “also affected two residents on the supplemental sample.”
The incident involved the narcotics [that] were missing from a resident’s bubble pack noted above. Documentation shows that the Administrator “suspected [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)] of taking the medication [stating that] the facility and the state police are currently investigating the missing medication.” The Administrator said, “she did not notify the State Agency of the missing medication until May 9, 2017” after the legal time limit for reporting the incident had expired.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “ensure a pressure ulcer was covered with the treatment prescribed by a physician for one of four residents reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The investigative team reviewed the Weekly Skin Report dated May 3, 2017, that shows that a resident “currently has a Stage II pressure ulcer to [their] left buttock that measures 0.75 cm x 0.5 cm.” The resident had physician’s orders to treat the sore daily.
Observations were made of two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) just after noon on May 8, 2017, transferring a resident from their wheelchair to their bed “using a mechanical lift.” At that time, both CNAs undressed the resident who “had an uncovered dime size open area to [their] left buttock.” One CNA confirmed that the resident “did not have a pressure ulcer treatment in place.”
The other CNA stated that she and the other CNA “got the resident up for lunch, and the resident did not have a dressing on [their] buttock then, and she does not now either.” The resident was observed lying in bed at 10:20 AM on May 9, 2017, when the Assistant Director of Nursing rolled the resident on to their right side. At that time, the resident’s “pressure ulcer to [their] left buttock was uncovered with no pressure ulcer treatment in place.”
The Assistant Director confirmed that the resident “did not have a dressing on [their] left buttock.” Approximately forty minutes later, a Registered Nurse (RN) stated that “she was not notified on May 8, 2017, during their shift nor was she notified today that [the resident’s] pressure ulcer dressing was not on [their] left buttock.” The facility Director of Nursing said that “the CNA should have notified the nurse that [the resident’s] dressing was not on and needed a new one.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, a surveyor documented that the facility had failed to “provide supervision to prevent a resident-to-resident altercation for two of two residents reviewed for resident-to-resident altercations.”
The state investigative team reviewed the facility’s Incident Report Form dated August 26, 2016, that documents the resident “was wheeling himself down the hallway.” Another resident “was sitting in her wheelchair in the hallway when [the first resident] reached his leg out and kicked [the female resident] in the leg.”
Staff had “witnessed the incident.” The occurrence resolution included the female resident who was monitored “in the hallways near confused peers.” The facility Administrator stated that on August 26, 2016, a male resident “was propelling himself with his feet and kicked [the female resident]. The intervention was to monitor [the female resident] while she was in the hallway, and if [the aggressive male resident] came around in the hallway, we would make sure they were separated.”
A notation was made that on September 19, 2016, the resident “was in his wheelchair in the hallway when he hit [the female resident] again. This incident was witnessed by staff.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 11, 2017, the state surveyors noted that the nursing home “failed to ensure appropriate diagnoses/conditions to warrant the use of antipsychotic medications.” The nursing home also “failed to ensure residents had medical symptoms to indicate the use of antipsychotic medications and attempt a gradual dose reduction [for four residents].”
The nursing home also failed to have a medical condition medication assessment for “six residents reviewed for antipsychotic medications.” The surveyors said that “based on interview and record review, the facility failed to document the nonpharmacological interventions used [before] the administration of an ‘as needed’ antipsychotic medication and failed to document the behaviors warranting the use of an ‘as needed’ antipsychotic medication for one of eight residents reviewed for antipsychotic medications.”
Do you believe that your grandparent, parent or spouse died prematurely or suffered serious injury while living at Timber Point Healthcare Center? If so, contact the Illinois nursing home abuse and neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 today. Our law firm fights aggressively on behalf of Adams County victims of mistreatment living in long-term facilities including nursing homes in Camp Point. 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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