Generations at McKinley Place
While it’s obvious that blatant abuse in nursing homes would cause residents injury, it’s more often little things that staff do or fail to do that cause residents the most harm. Not many people have it in them to purposely hit or otherwise assault a frail senior, but every year thousands of caregivers cause injury and illness in nursing homes when they either purposely or accidentally fail to meet basic needs in seemingly small ways.
Nursing home neglect is rampant because it is so easy to do and so easy to miss. It’s easy for staff to be rushed or careless and forget to do the many little tasks associated with feeding, hydrating, toileting, washing, dressing, moving, medicating, and otherwise caring for a dependent individual. Likewise, it’s easy for other staff and even family members to miss the fact that such tasks are being overlooked.
But failing to do these things has serious consequences such as malnutrition, dehydration, poor hygiene, infection and illness, bedsores, falls, and overdoses. At the very least a resident might be left uncomfortable due to negligence, but far too often they suffer real harm and in some cases death.
Many nursing home residents have loving family members who wish they could watch over and protect their vulnerable relative in assisted living every second of the day. While this just isn’t feasible, there are things you can do to protect a loved one who is going into nursing home care. It just takes some education and effort on your part.
Levin & Perconti suggests beginning by researching the nursing homes in your community to find a safe, reputable one for your relative. You can do this by comparing information for each nursing home found on medicare.org. Medicare rates all of its certified nursing home facilities and publishes health inspection reports for them so you do not have to pick a nursing home blindly. To further help you, Levin & Perconti also shares this information on our site for Illinois nursing homes, like Generations at McKinley Place.
In your research, you should look for a facility that has high ratings and a relatively clean health inspection report. This means it’s safe to assume that a location successfully follows best practices for hiring enough qualified staff and has proper policies in place to keep residents safe.
Of course, one bad employee or big mistake is all it takes for abuse or neglect to happen. That’s why you should visit family members living in assisted living often. This allows you to check on their well-being and be on hand if they have any complaints.
If you ever see signs that a loved one is being abused or neglected, alert someone in charge immediately, such as a staff supervisor or the facility administrator. They should have a procedure in place to guide them and you through investigating, reporting, and resolving any potential abuse.
If, however, your relative’s nursing home fails to follow this procedure or prevent further harm befalling them, you can seek outside help from your local long-term care ombudsman, the state licensing agency, or even your relative’s doctor. Seeking legal action may also be possible depending on the circumstances. An expert in nursing home abuse law like Levin & Perconti can help you navigate the legal side of this issue.
About Generations at McKinley Place
500 W McKinley Ave
Decatur, IL 62526
Generations at McKinley Place is a rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility with 195 Medicare-certified beds for both short- and long-term residents. They also offer 24-hour skilled nursing, memory care, rehabilitation, IV therapy, wound care, respiratory care, and hospice services.
Medicare gives Generations at McKinley Place an overall rating of Below Average. This is due to mixed ratings for the three main categories Medicare grades nursing homes on. These were Much Below Average ratings for health inspections and staffing with a surprisingly high Much Above Average quality measures rating.
Generations at McKinley Place’s last health inspection report can shed some light on the lower ratings. Found on medicare.org, you can read the entire report, as well as a sample shared here:
2/13/2018 Failure to respond appropriately to all alleged violations. The facility failed to thoroughly investigate an injury of unknown origin for a resident. The resident has severe cognitive impairments and is totally dependent on staff for transfers and mobility. A nurse found purple bruising and swelling on the resident’s thigh and the resident complained of pain. The resident was admitted to the hospital for a femur fracture. There was no documentation of a recent accident or injury. Because the resident said no one had hurt her, the facility failed to conduct a thorough investigation, ignoring the resident’s cognitive impairments.
2/13/2018 Failure to ensure each resident receives an accurate assessment. The facility failed to accurately assess three residents. One resident’s minimum data set documented a pressure ulcer but not that it had been resolved. A second resident’s minimum data set indicated the resident’s use of a ventilator, which the resident no longer used. A third resident’s minimum data set was not coded correctly in regard to the resident’s departure.
2/13/2018 Failure to develop and implement a complete care plan that meets all the resident’s needs, with timetables and actions that can be measured. The facility failed to develop a comprehensive care plan for a resident suffering from a pressure ulcer. The resident’s care plan stated the resident was at risk for skin breakdown but did not include interventions, leading to the resident to develop the pressure ulcer at the facility.
2/13/2018 Failure to ensure each resident receives and the facility provides drinks consistent with resident needs and preferences and sufficient to maintain resident hydration. The facility failed to provide fresh water to three residents. Staff failed to provide fresh drinking water in the rooms of three residents.
Levin & Perconti, Nursing Home Abuse Law Experts
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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.
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