Heritage Health Staunton
When you entrust the care of an elderly loved one to a nursing home or similar care facility, you assume they will receive quality medical and personal attention that meets their every need at the hands of compassionate, professional caregivers. Unfortunately, thousands of nursing home residents receive the opposite during their time in assisted living.
Nursing home abuse is the nightmare of every resident and their family. Despite growing reports of elder abuse in assisted living facilities, it is still relatively rare. However, when it does happen it can be very damaging to a victim. Nursing home abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, or financial. In every case it can cause physical and mental harm ranging from minor to severe and can even result in death. In fact, it is estimated that seniors experiencing abuse are at a 300% higher risk of death.
Families may wonder if there is anything they can do to prevent their loved one falling victim to nursing home abuse, or if that’s just the risk one has to take to receive the specialized care available at these facilities. Levin & Perconti wants to assure you that you do not have to accept the possibility of nursing home abuse, and there are ways you can minimize this risk.
In our time serving victims of nursing home abuse, we’ve learned that nursing homes with high ratings and fewer health inspection infractions, according to Medicare, usually have lower reports of abuse and neglect as well, compared to other facilities with low ratings and multiple health inspection infractions. Thus, if you secure accommodations in a highly rated nursing home, your loved one is much less likely to suffer abuse during their residency.
To help you do this, Levin & Perconti shares information from Medicare for specific Illinois nursing homes, like Heritage Health Staunton, so you can more easily compare the different facilities in your area and distinguish between the good and the questionable.
We also offer tips for choosing a good nursing home and how to protect a family member once they enter assisted living. This way we hope to help you save your relatives from the tragedy that is nursing home abuse.
About Heritage Health Staunton
215 W. Pennsylvania Avenue
Staunton, IL 62088
Heritage Health Staunton has 90 beds and offers long- and short-term skilled nursing, hospice care, respite care, and a variety of therapies including respiratory, occupational, physical, speech, and restore-to-home.
Medicare gives Heritage Health Staunton a disappointing overall rating of Below Average due to its Average quality measures rating and Below Average health inspection and staffing ratings.
Besides Medicare ratings, you should also compare the infractions found during recent health inspections at the nursing homes you’re considering. These are also located on medicare.org and can tell you more about how residents are cared for at specific facilities. Here is a sample of deficiencies found at Heritage Health Staunton most recently:
1/31/2019 Failure to develop and implement policies and procedures to prevent abuse, neglect, and theft. The facility failed to recognize and investigate an allegation of abuse. A resident complained that a CNA threatened to take her life, and the facility managed the situation by having the CNA apologize and not care for the resident again. No investigation was done into the verbal abuse, however.
1/31/2019 Failure to ensure that a nursing home area is free from accident hazards and provide adequate supervision to prevent accidents. The facility failed to investigate a fall and put interventions in place for two residents. A resident tried to get out of bed and fell, sustaining no injuries. It was discovered that the resident had fallen before but not progressive intervention was added to his care plan to prevent future falls. A second resident was found sitting on the floor after sliding off her bed while trying to get up. Despite instructions in her care plan to keep her bed at a height that allows her to put her feet flat on the floor, her bed was still too high.
1/31/2019 Failure to provide enough food/fluids to maintain a resident’s health. Staff failed to provide nutritional supplements and adequate fluids to two residents. One resident was at risk for nutritional problems and was to be served supplements per order. During two observations her meal went uneaten with no encouragement from staff and no supplement was offered. Documents show her weight had dropped 15 pounds in four months. A second resident was observed with a dry mouth and no water readily available. Staff did not offer fluids during toileting despite the resident’s care plan stating she is at risk for dehydration.
Protecting your loved one from nursing home neglect and abuse
Levin & Perconti understands the heartache of nursing home abuse for both victims and their families.
While we are honored when families come to us in their time of need, we would prefer that our clients had never suffered the pain nursing home abuse brings in the first place. That is why we do our best to help other families learn how to reduce the risk of nursing home abuse by picking a trustworthy facility and monitoring your relative’s care.
To find the best nursing home possible, begin by gathering as much information as you can for the nursing homes in your area. In addition to medicare.org, you can also get information about these nursing homes from your relative’s doctor or social worker, and your local long-term care ombudsman, state health department, or state licensing agency. Your goal is to find the facilities with the best ratings and cleanest health inspection reports.
Once you’ve identified some promising nursing homes, request tours with them so you can see what they are like in person. Pay attention to each facility’s cleanliness, staff members’ friendliness, and the general atmosphere. Take the opportunity to ask questions about safety concerns also, such as staff to resident ratios, staff qualifications, and procedures for filing complaints.
After picking the best nursing home possible and moving your relative in, you should visit them regularly so you can ensure they are receiving proper care.Studies show that nursing home residents who are isolated from family and friends are more likely to be victimized. Furthermore, many elderly abuse victims struggle to recognize or report abuse themselves.
Your relative will need your support if they are being abused. You’ll be the most help to them if you are prepared to recognize signs of abuse, such as
- Untreated severe bedsores
- Unexplained injuries like bruises, burns, or scars
- Evidence of poor circulation like sunken cheeks or eyes
- Weight loss or malnourishment not due directly to an illness
- Frequent trips to the emergency room or doctor
- Wrong type or the wrong amount of medication administered
- Poor hygiene or unwashed clothes or hair
- Instances of wandering or elopement
- Frequently misplaced or lost personal items
- A lack of basic necessities, including utilities, water, and food
- A dirty room or bathroom
- Frequent trouble sleeping
- Unusual violent or withdrawn behavior
- Sudden depression or confusion
- Signs of trauma like rocking back and forth
Taking action against abuse
Although abuse is not common, be prepared to act quickly if you ever suspect or learn of abuse of a loved one in a nursing home. Learn the facility’s procedure for filing a grievance so you know how to follow it if needed. You should also find out who to report abuse to, such as a staff supervisor or facility administrator. They should be able to correct any situation that arises to prevent additional abuse.
Unfortunately, poor management and protocol is sometimes the root cause of nursing home abuse, and reporting abuse may not result in necessary changes. If this is your experience and a nursing home fails to correct an abusive situation or prevent further abuse, you should seek outside help from a doctor, long-term care ombudsman, or state licensing agency.
If your loved one has suffered personal injury or death at the hands of a nursing home, you may also consider taking legal action. In this case, don’t hesitate to seek legal counsel from attorneys with nursing home abuse expertise, such as Levin & Perconti.
Levin & Perconti are on your side
Levin & Perconti has seen the tragedy of nursing home abuse before. As national leaders in nursing home abuse law, we have the experience and expertise to handle your case better than anyone. Our attorneys have won millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we can win for you too.
If you want more information on how we can help you, or if you are ready to begin your case, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 today. We take calls at all hours of the day or night.
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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