Five nursing homes in the Champaign area have been fined by the Illinois Department of Public Health for safety violations during the first quarter of this year. The fines ranged from $2,200 to $25,000 for violations of different types, including Type A violations, which are those that have a substantial probability of resulting in death or serious mental or physical harm.
Accolade Healthcare of Paxton on Pells received a $25,000 fine for failing to identify a self-closing door as an accident hazard, which resulted in a resident’s fingertip being amputated. Clark-Lindsey Village in Urbana received a $2,200 fine for failing to implement fall intervention for two residents and failing to supervise two cognitively impaired residents with a known history of falls, resulting in both residents falling. Illini Heritage Rehab and Health Care in Champaign was fined a total of $4,400 for two Type B violations related to incomplete bedsore treatments and failure to implement bedsore treatments as ordered, resulting in an infection for one resident. Gardenview Manor in Danville was fined $2,200 for failing to ensure that two residents were free from the misappropriation of funds by facility staff, causing emotional and psychosocial harm. Hawthorne Inn in Danville was fined $2,200 for failing to protect a resident’s right to be free from physical abuse by another resident.
These fines are a reminder that nursing homes have a responsibility to provide safe and adequate care to their residents. Residents and their families trust nursing homes to provide the necessary care and assistance that they cannot provide on their own. However, many nursing homes are understaffed, underpaid, and lack the necessary resources to provide the level of care that their residents require. This can lead to injuries, neglect, and even death.
It is important to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it is important to seek legal assistance. A law firm specializing in nursing home neglect can help you understand your rights and options and pursue compensation for the harm done to you or your loved one.
It is also important for family members to be vigilant when choosing a nursing home for their loved ones. It is recommended that families visit potential nursing homes in person and ask about the staff-to-resident ratio, the qualifications of the staff, and the level of care provided. Families should also check the nursing home’s record with the state health department to see if there have been any violations or fines in the past.
The fines imposed on these nursing homes serve as a reminder of the importance of providing safe and adequate care to nursing home residents. Families must be vigilant when choosing a nursing home for their loved one, and nursing homes must be held accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, it is a good idea to seek legal assistance to understand your rights and options. Call (815) 929-9292 to set up a free consultation to see if we may be able to assist you in receiving the compensation you deserve.