This is not the first time that I’ve written about Manor Court nursing home in Clinton, Illinois. I first blogged about Manor Court of Clinton back in 2010. At the time, Manor Court of Clinton had been cited for several different deficiencies including inadequate hot water, bedsores, medication errors, and inadequate staffing. The state of Illinois took the rare step of issuing a $400 per day fine against the facility.
Two years later, and the Manor Court of Clinton is again being cited by the Illinois Department of Public Health. This time, they are being cited for failing to prevent a number of nursing home falls. Nursing home falls can be devastating to residents. Not only can they cause excruciating pain, but they can also result in a permanent loss of ambulation.
2 residents were victims of nursing home neglect that resulted in nursing home falls. In both cases, the residents had care plans that included fall prevention techniques. In both cases, those techniques were not followed.
The first resident’s care plan required that she only be placed in a wheelchair with foot rests because she had a tendency to put her feet down while the chair was in motion. Employees of Manor Court failed to maintain this policy and she suffered a severe laceration to her head that required more than a dozen stitches.
The second resident suffered a more serious injury. Despite an extensive history of falls and a care plan that called for constant supervision while walking, the resident was left alone in a wheelchair. He suffered a fractured hip as a result.
When I last reviewed Manor Court of Clinton, the item that stood out most starkly was the inadequate staffing. It seems that in the ensuing time, staffing at the nursing home has improved. They were recently awarded 4 out of 5 stars for staffing by Medicare.gov.
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