Generations at Rock Island
Nursing homes often get a bad rap. Many people associate them with illness, disability, and death, viewing them as sad, depressing places to be avoided at all costs. Sensationalized media stories of abuse in nursing homes don’t help either. But the fact is, most nursing homes provide a good quality of life for people of all ages with comfortable, social environments, specialized medical care, and daily living assistance.
Indeed, nursing homes are a vital lifeline for adults with disabilities of all ages who cannot live on their own or with family. Over a million Americans live in assisted living each year, many of them long-term because they require 24-hour access to professional medical and personal care. For these people, assisted living is the best option for a safe, healthy life and usually that is what they get.
That is why it’s so tragic when nursing homes fail to provide necessary care to vulnerable residents. While most abuse of elderly or disabled persons still occurs at home, reports of nursing home abuse are rising. One would think that professional caregivers would be more prepared for the demands of caring for assisted living residents, but occasionally an unsuitable person is hired who victimizes residents rather than cares for them.
Levin & Perconti doesn’t want to scare you away from taking advantage of the many benefits of nursing home living if you or a loved one ever need such care; however, we are concerned by the number of nursing home abuse victims who come to us seeking help. We hope to reduce the tragedy of nursing home abuse by sharing information about how to protect nursing home residents.
We find that it begins with picking a reputable facility to move into. However, every nursing home will advertise itself as being the ideal home for frail individuals when that isn’t always the case. Instead, we suggest learning about the true quality of nursing homes in your community by looking them up on medicare.org and comparing the ratings and health inspection reports found there.
Medicare rates nursing homes every year for this very purpose. We have noticed that facilities with the highest ratings tend to provide better care than other locations with lower ratings. Additionally, you can read the health inspection reports to see what kind of deficiencies every facility has been cited for. We suggest avoiding nursing homes with the most serious or the greatest number of deficiencies. To help you compare nursing homes, Levin & Perconti share the information from Medicare on our own site, as you will see with Generations at Rock Island below.
Despite your best efforts in picking an excellent nursing home, there’s always a risk that something will go wrong. That’s why it’s important to always keep an eye out for any lapse in care. If you have a family member in assisted living, visit them frequently.
Residents who are isolated from friends and family are more likely to suffer abuse, plus on your visits you can look for signs that your relative is being abused or neglected. If they are, you may see such indications as poor hygiene and unkempt appearance, untreated bedsores, a dirty room or bathroom, unexplained injuries or weight loss, frequent trips to the ER or doctor, wandering, trouble sleeping, or sudden personality changes.
It can be a shock to discover that a loved one is being abused, but the key is to remain calm and take immediate action to address the situation. Nursing homes are required by law to have a procedure for filing complaints. You should look up this procedure and follow its steps to report what you know about how your relative is being treated. It may help to offer documentation of what you know, such as dates and times, names, and pictures.
You should also alert a staff supervisor or the facility administrator so they can investigate and prevent further harm in the meantime. Tell them everything you know and ask that they keep you informed of what action they take to rectify the situation. If you find that those in charge of your relative’s nursing home are unwilling or unable to protect them from further harm at any time, you can also seek outside help from your relative’s doctor, a local long-term care ombudsman, or the state licensing agency for direction.
When an individual suffers personal injury or harm while in the care of a nursing home, they often have the option to take legal action against the facility. If you ever find yourself in this situation, retain an attorney who is knowledgeable in nursing home abuse law, such as Levin & Perconti. Our attorneys have handled nursing home abuse cases involving the following and more:
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Verbal Abuse
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Medication Errors
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Pressure Sores
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
2545 24th St
Rock Island, IL 61201
Generations at Rock Island is a large rehabilitation and post-acute care facility with 177 Medicare-certified beds for both short- and long-term residents. The facility offers 24-hour skilled nursing, memory care, rehabilitation, respiratory care, dialysis care, and hospice services.
Generations at Rock Island received a low overall rating of Below Average due to low ratings in the three categories Medicare grades nursing homes on. These ratings and categories are a Below Average health inspection rating, Below Average staffing rating, and Average quality measures rating.
To better understand why this facility received such low ratings, we can also look at its most recent health inspection report to get an inside look at deficiencies found in the facility’s operations. Below is a sample of the deficiencies found at Generations at Rock Island.
7/20/2018 Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. The facility failed to prevent a pressure ulcer for a resident. The resident was documented in February to be at very high risk for skin breakdown. In April the resident had developed pressure wounds on both heels.
7/20/2018 Failure to provide safe and appropriate respiratory care for a resident when needed. Staff failed to perform hand hygiene and change gloves during respiratory care for a resident. A respiratory therapist did not perform hand hygiene before putting on gloves and failed to change gloves after touching a garbage can multiple times while cleansing and dressing a resident’s stoma site.
7/20/2018 Failure to tell the resident, the resident's doctor, and a family member of situations (injury/decline/room, etc.) that affect the resident. The facility failed to notify a resident’s power of attorney about the resident’s pressure ulcer.Levin & Perconti Can Help
When you or a loved one suffer abuse in a nursing home, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Levin & Perconti are here for you. We will help determine the basis of your case and guide you every step of the way until we win the verdict or settlement you deserve. Our attorneys are standing by to help you. Just click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time to get started with a free consultation.
Disclaimer: The above health inspection findings are taken from public records kept and published by Medicare and the state of Illinois and are not complete. Levin & Perconti cannot confirm that this page’s content includes the latest information available. Any corrections or additions made to these public records after publication of this page will not be found here. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.il.gov or medicare.gov. This page is a legal advertisement and informational resource for visitors and is not endorsed by the named facility or any government agency. Levin & Perconti does not have any affiliation with the named facility.