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Central Illinois Nursing Homes Face Fines

Recently, three nursing homes in the central Illinois area have been fined by the State of Illinois for violating their license agreements. Among those fined include University Rehab in Urbana, Accolade Paxton Senior Living in Paxton, and Gardenview Manor, located in Danville. The violations were noted during the three-month span between July and September, with Gardenview Manor receiving the highest fine amount for a Type A violation.

University Rehab, previously known as the Champaign County Nursing Home, was charged with two Type B violations. These violations were made aware during inspection reports that were conducted on June 5th and July 3rd, totaling the fine amount to be $4,900. In the June report, the Illinois Department of Health stated that the nursing home failed to help a resident to the restroom. This failure to do so resulted in the resident attempting to stand up and clean themselves, leading them to fall and hit their head on the bathroom sink. According to the IDPH, this injury resulted in the patient requiring stitches. A second report, completed in July, stated that the facility failed to do several things, including the failure to:

  • Conduct disaster drills on each shift
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of fire drills
  • Provide emergency water-supply agreements and a description of the facility’s emergency source of electrical power
  • Properly use physical restraints for a resident
  • Follow multiple resident care policies

The Accolade Paxton Senior Living facility was reprimanded with a Type B violation, resulting in a $2,200 fine. The violation included the facility failing to respond to a resident’s repeated requests for bathroom assistance when using the emergency call system. The resident was then left on a bedpan for more than two hours.

Within the past week, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services announced that it would be creating an icon on their website to make it easier for consumers to identify nursing homes that have violated rules of abuse, neglect, or even exploitation. The icon was eventually added next to nursing homes with reported violations on October 23rd and can be found on the agency’s Nursing Home Compare website. This change came after the agency realized that consumers were having too much difficulty accessing the information on nursing home violations that were conducted through health inspection reports. The new icon warns consumers of harmful abuse of residents that has occurred within the past year and potentially harmful abuse of residents occurring during the past two years, which will be updated monthly.

At Spiros Law, P.C. we take allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect seriously and recognize the effects it can have on families. Our attorneys are skilled in handling the nature of these cases and have fought and won substantial amounts of compensation for families that have suffered from a loved one being subjected to nursing home abuse. If your loved one has suffered abuse, neglect or exploitation while under the care of a nursing home facility, contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 328-2828 to discuss your legal options.