Nursing home residents are entitled to a safe environment where the risk of accidental injury is at an absolute minimum. That protection has been absent at the Finnie Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Galatia, Illinois.
Seven residents were found to be in an unsafe environment. Some suffered broken bones while residents of the facility. One 90-year-old resident was being pushed in her wheelchair when her feet hit the floor. The momentum caused a fracture to her right tibia.
Another resident with a seizure disorder was left sleeping in a soft chair that was elevated three feet off of the ground. The chair had no padding or safety rails. Earlier in the year, she experienced a nursing home fall in the dining room and fractured her wrist. No new interventions were put in place for her safety.
Finnie Good Shepherd is a 1 star facility according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid including a 1 star rating for nursing home staffing. Although the name “Good Shepherd” has religious connotations, the Finnie Good Shepherd is a for-profit facility, not a religious non-profit.
The primary reason for that 1 star rating is the fact that Finnie Good Shepherd has virtually no Registered Nurses on staff. The average time that a resident spends every day with a Registered Nurse is 52 minutes. At Finnie Good Shepherd, it’s only 8 minutes.
Without the care of trained personnel, nursing home falls are inevitable as untrained staff fumble their way through their duties. Finnie Good Shepherd nursing home was assessed 22 deficiencies during their last inspection. The average is 8.
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