Wednesday, July 24, 2013

IDPH Charges Champaign County Nursing Home With Several Violations

Recent investigations of the Champaign County Nursing Home in Urbana, Illinois revealed that the facility has committed numerous, ongoing health code violations. In specific, both the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District have discovered a number of issues in the facility related to sanitation, food storage, and resident diet during the time period from January of 2012 to April of 2013.
Perhaps the most surprising of the violations relates to the food served to the residents in the facility. On multiple occasions, investigations revealed the facility served residents food containing small pieces of plastic or cardboard. In the most severe instance, the "fingertip to knuckle" portion of a plastic glove was discovered in meat served to a resident. The wife of a resident who received food with cardboard in it reported that the facility has served her husband food containing foreign objects on a number of occasions.
With respect to sanitation, a December 12, 2012 inspection revealed soiled interior oven racks and a soiled can opener blade in the facility's kitchen. In addition, inspectors discovered that a water heater was not operating properly. As a result, water in the dishwasher failed to reach 180 degrees which is necessary to properly sanitize the residents' dishes. Regarding food storage, an April 11, 2013 inspection revealed that the facility maintained a walk-in cooler at a temperature above 41 degrees, rendering it too warm for safe food storage. In addition, a number of dry storage racks were soiled and dirty.
Inspections also revealed a number of violations related to residents' diets. On numerous occasions, the facility failed to serve residents items listed on the the daily menu or provided residents with only a partial serving of a menu item. In addition, the facility failed to provide "health shakes" between meals to a seriously ill patient who had suffered an 8 percent body weight loss in a single month and also failed to provide the patient with full servings of a lunch menu item.
The Champaign County Nursing Home's health violations are incredibly dangerous to its residents and expose its residents to a number potential health threats. Many nursing home residents are already in a compromised state of health when they enter a nursing facility. When a nursing home agrees to house an elderly resident, it also agrees to avoid unnecessarily harming the resident. When unnecessary harm occurs as a result of issues such as the health violations committed by the Champaign County Nursing Home, the facility may be responsible for the harm resulting to its residents. The Attorneys at Keating Law Offices have represented a number of nursing home residents who have been injured or harmed as a result of improper nursing home care. 
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