October 29, 2009

Compromised Care: Psychotropic Drugs are being given to Nursing home Patients Without Cause

by Levin & Perconti

A Chicago Tribune investigation has found that frail and vulnerable residents of nursing homes throughout Illinois are being given with powerful psychotropic drugs which lead to tremors, dangerous lethargy and a high risk of harmful falls or even death. Many of these elderly and disabled people have been drugged without their consent or without a legitimate psychiatric diagnosis that would justify this sort of treatment. One 74-year-old man was in a nursing home near Peoria for less than a day before staff members held him down and injected him with a large amount of antipsychotic drug. He fell a few hours later and suffered a fatal head injury. One woman was given a psychotropic drug partly because she refused to wear a bra. The Tribune investigation revealed that there were 1,200 violations at Illinois nursing homes that involved psychotropic drugs. The FDA has previously released information that thousands of nursing home residents die each year because antipsychotic drugs are administered to patients who are not mentally ill. Illinois nursing home residents are placed on antipsychotic medications for such reasons as “restlessness, anxiety or confusion.” It appears that by placing residents on this medication it makes the residents easier to care for. Yet, common side effects include severe lethargy, permanent involuntary muscle movements, seizures and sudden death. Heritage Nursing Home in Chicago was investigated and found to have tried giving an antipsychotic drug to a refusing patient. Finally, a nurse gave the patient, one without any history of heart troubles, the drug without telling him. At Heartland Health Care Center in Moline an 83-year-old woman was placed on Hadol without any diagnosis of mental illness. To read more about the psychotropic drugs, please click the link.

October 28, 2009

Nursing Home Doctors receive no Reprimand even as Facilities are Cited

by Levin & Perconti

Delores Fleming’s relatives placed her in Heritage Manor Nursing Home after her Alzheimer’s heightened. Although they had hoped to continue caring for their mother in her same two-story home, it became apparent that more skilled care was necessary. When she entered Heritage Manor near Decatur, Illinois she scored 23 out of a 30 on a mental exam and was deemed to be “moderately impaired.” However, after a few crying spells and wandering incidents, her doctor prescribed two antipsychotic drugs, despite the fact that she was not psychotic. The doctor doubled the dosage four times, which put the 76-year-old woman above her recommended limit. The Fleming family called in a neurologist, who found the victim glassy-eyed and catatonic. She was now scoring a zero on the mental exam. State regulators then cited the nursing home, Heritage Manor of Mount Zion, for the misuse of psychotropic drugs. Yet, the doctor who was primarily responsible for the victim’s medication emerged with no citations, no penalties and a spotless public record. This, unfortunately, is not a rare occurrence. A Chicago Tribune investigation found numerous instances in which regulators cited the nursing home facilities for misusing psychotropics even though the patients’ doctors had created the problems. Therefore the physician’s are not being fined for their nursing home negligence; no matter high they prescribe the medicine. In one case, a woman at the Fondulac Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in East Peoria grew weak and eventually died from the antipsychotic drug she was placed on. Some believe this problem results from the lack of familiarity between a doctor and his nursing home patient. Oftentimes doctors do not make enough time to visit with their patients. This lack of inattentiveness and willingness to place elderly people on strong medications has led to great numbers of nursing home negligence. To read more about the chemical restraints, please click the link.

January 9, 2008

McLean County, Illinois - Heritage Manor Nursing Home: $17,000 awarded to fired whistleblower

by Levin & Perconti

Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Colfax, Illinois lost a legal battle in a lawsuit where a former employee was awarded $17,000 after reporting sexual assault of an older resident. The whistleblower claims that she was fired after she reported suspicions that sexual abuse of an elderly resident of Heritage Manor was being ignored. The former employee, and widowed mother of nine, was awarded $10,000 in pain and suffering. Heritage Manor, a company based in Bloomington, has been sued in other nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

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July 1, 2006

Violations: 55 Illinois nursing home regulations violators during April - June 2006

by Levin & Perconti

Violations: 54 Illinois nursing home regulations violators during April - June 2006

The Illinois Department of Public Health has initiated action, as indicated, against the following facilities which have been determined to be in violation of the Nursing Home Care Act, or has recommended decertification to the Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for violations in relation to patient care, pursuant to Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act.

For details on the violations.

LIST OF VIOLATORS

Alden Alma Nelson Manor
550 South Mulford Avenue
Rockford, Illinois 61108

Amberwood Nursing & Rehab Center
2313 North Rockton Avenue
Rockford, Illinois 61103

The A.R.C of Jacksonville, LTD
1320 Tendick, P.O. Box 1115
Jacksonville, Illinois 62650

Arlington Rehab & Living Center
1666 Checker Road
Long Grove, Illinois 60047

Asta Care Center of Bloomington
1509 North Calhoun Street
Bloomington, Illinois 61701

Belhaven Nursing Home
11401 South Oakley Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60643

Belhaven Nursing Home
11401 South Oakley
Chicago, Illinois 60643

Boulevard Care Center
3405 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Cahokia Nursing and Rehab Center
2 Annable Court
Cahokia, llinois 62206

Champaign Terrace
808 North 3 rd Street
St. Joseph, Illinois 61873

Clinton Manor Living Center-DD
111 East Illinois Street
New Baden, Illinois 62265

Colonial Apartments
920 West Fourth
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Colonial Apartments Center
920 West Fourth
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Colonial Plaza
618 West Goodner
Nashville, Illinois 62263

Columbus Manor Residential Care Home
5107-21 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60644

Evergreen Nursing & Rehab Center
1115 North Wenthe
Effingham, Illinois 62401

Fairview Baptist Home
250 Village Drive
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516

Friendship House of Centralia
1000 Martin Luther King Drive
Centralia, Illinois 62801

Glen Brook
Route 45 North, P.O. Box 698
Vienna, Illinois 62995

Glen Oaks Nursing and Rehab Center
270 Skokie Highway
Northbrook, Illinois 60062

Glenwood Healthcare & Rehab
19330 South Cottage Grove
Glenwood, Illinois 60425

Harrisburg Care Center
1000 West Sloan Street
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946

Heartland Health Care of Canton
2081 North Main Street
Canton, Illinois 61520

Heather Health Care Center
15600 South Honore Street
Harvey, Illinois 60426

Helia Healthcare of Energy
210 East College
Energy, Illinois 62933

Heritage Manor-Gibson City
620 East First Street
Gibson City, Illinois 60936

Heritage Manor South-Beardstown
8306 St Lukes Drive
Beardstown, Illinois 62618

Hickory Nursing Pavilion
9246 South Roberts Road
Hickory Hills, Illinois 60457

Imperial of Hazel Crest
3300 West 175 th Street
Hazel Crest, Illinois 60429

Independence Place
1705 South Park Avenue
Herrin, Illinois 62948

Independence Place
1705 South Park Avenue
Herrin, Illinois 62948

The Iroquois Resident Home
200 Fairman Avenue
Watseka, Illinois 60970

Jackson Square Nursing and Rehab Center
5130 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60644

Mattoon Health Care Center
2121 South Ninth
Mattoon, Illinois 61938

Meadowbrook Manor-Naperville
720 Raymond Drive
Naperville, Illinois 60563

Momence Meadows Nursing Center
500 South Walnut
Momence, Illinois 60954

Odd Fellow-Rebekah Home
201 Lafayette Avenue East
Mattoon, Illinois 61938

Orchard Court
1430 State Route 127 South
Jonesboro, Illinois 62952

Pinnacle Health Care-LaGrange
701 North LaGrange Road
LaGrange Park, Illinois 60526

Pleasant Meadows Christian Village
P.O. Box 375, 400 W. Washington
Chrisman, Illinois 61924

Prairie View Care Center-Lewistown
175 East Sycamore
Lewistown, Illinois 61542

Rainbow Beach Care Center
7325 South Exchange Street
Chicago, Illinois 60649

Rehab & Care Center-Jackson County
1441 North 14th Street
Murphysboro, Illinois 62966

Rosewood Care Center of Peoria
1500 West Northmoor Road
Peoria, Illinois 61614

Rosewood Care Center of Rockford
1660 South Mulford
Rockford, Illinois 61108

Saline Care Center
120 South Land Street
Harrisburg, Illinois 62946

Stearns Nursing & Rehab Center
3900 Stearns Avenue
Granite City, Illinois 62040

Swann Special Care Center
109 Kenwood Road
Champaign, Illinois 61821

Terrace Nursing Home
1615 Sunset Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60087

Torrence Place
2601 223 rd Street
Sauk Village, Illinois 60411

Village Nursing Home
9000 LaVergne Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60077

Warren Park Nursing Pavilion
6700 North Damen Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60645

The Wealshire
150 Jamestown Lane
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069

Westside Care Center
601 North Columbia Street
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896

Wincrest Nursing Center Corp.
6326 North Winthrop Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660

May 5, 2006

Heritage Manor – Gibson City, IL – 5/5/2006

by Levin & Perconti

Heritage Manor was fined $60,000 for failure to comply with its plan of correction from the August 2005 survey by failing to ensure that its policies and procedures to notify the doctor about significant changes of a resident’s condition. Specifically, the facility failed to notify the doctor that a resident sustained a head injury after a fall. Failure to notify the doctor and to fully monitor the resident resulted in a delay in treatment for the worsening head injury. The resident later died at the hospital, as a result of the fall.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.

April 21, 2006

Heritage Manor South-Beardstown – Beardstown, IL – 4/21/2006

by Levin & Perconti

Heritage Manor South-Beardstown was fined $20,000 for failure to immediately notify a doctor when a resident with diabetes experienced low blood sugar levels and for failure to give complete information to the doctor when he was notified. The facility also failed to respond to and treat signs and symptoms of hypoglycemia and failed to have policies and procedures established for staff to follow regarding hypoglycemia for residents with insulin dependent diabetes.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.

April 12, 2006

Violations: 47 Illinois nursing home regulations violators during October - December 2005

by Levin & Perconti

The Illinois Department of Public Health has initiated action against the following facilities which have been determined to be in violation of the Nursing Home Care Act, or has recommended decertification to the Director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, or the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for violations in relation to patient care, pursuant to Titles XVIII and XIX of the Social Security Act.

For details on the violations

The names and addresses of the 47 violators are included in the full article here.

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May 31, 2005

Heritage Manor - Peru, IL - 5/31/05

by Levin & Perconti

Fined for failure to have an effective system in place to assess, treat and monitor pain; to administer pain medication as ordered for two residents exhibiting signs of pain; and to ensure that effective nursing measures were developed and implemented to relieve pain for four additional residents.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/quarterlyreports.htm

January 30, 2005

Nursing homes with no Certification Deficiencies

by Levin & Perconti

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) publishes a yearly listing of nursing homes in Illinois who have had no certification deficiencies since the last annual survey.

To view the lists:
http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/deficiencyfree2004.htm

or see below:

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August 26, 2004

Staff negligence at Illinois nursing home Heritage Manor leads to death

by Levin & Perconti

The staff at the Heritage Manor nursing home in Chillicothe, Illinois failed to implement procedure to prevent a resident from falling. The resident fell five times from his bed in four months. As a result of the last fall the resident broke his neck and died.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/quarterlyreports.htm

June 6, 2003

Heritage Manor Nursing Home Abuse Colfax, Illinois

by Levin & Perconti

Illinois Nursing Home residents at a Colfax facility were victims of inappropriate sexual contact by an employee of the facility. At least one incident was witnessed by a nurse who reported the incident to the DON. The DON, who was married to the perpetrator, failed to thoroughly investigate the incidents and the perpetrator was allowed to continue to work at the facility.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/quarterlyreports.htm