Galesburg nursing home cited for mold

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The Illinois Department of Health has cited a Galesburg nursing home for mold. On Aug. Full Story
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Former CNA

East Moline, IL

#1 Sep 2, 2010
As a former CNA of this nursing home, I can say that they deserve to be shut down. I feel sorry for anyone who is put into to this establishment. To be hired as a cna, it is required that a back round check, sex offender check, and a TB test is done on new hires. I was never given any of these, and it makes me wonder what type of people are hired. I worked there for a very short amount of time, before I just couldn't take there rudeness towards the residents anymore.
former LPN

Moline, IL

#2 Sep 2, 2010
as a nurse there iwas witness to continual administrative lapses,failure to order;gloves,ctheters,g-tubes, superpubic catheters, and meds. short staffing of nurses and aids.those who tried to bring good care to residents were forced to rob peter to pay paul or purchase need supplies themselves.
unfotunatly myself and others could take it no longer and had to leave.
someone needs to go to jail,starting at the top(owners)!
FORMER CNA 2

Galesburg, IL

#3 Sep 2, 2010
YES THE TERRACE WILL GET WHAT THEY HAVE COMING...THE RUDENESS COMES FROM LETTING THE EMPLOYEES WORK EXCESSIVE HOURS JUST TO HAVE A BODY IN THE BUILDING CAUSE SOME OF THEM REALLY R NOT WORKING.....DEPARTMENT HEADS WORK WHEN ITS CONVIENT TO THEM NOT WHEN NEEDED........
former CNA

Galesburg, IL

#4 Sep 2, 2010
The conditions at this facility are disgusting. I pray it will be shut down so the residents can go somewhere else. It will probably save their lives, even if there was no mold. There is no excuse for cutting corners and abusing your staff and residents. The med errors and neglect are ridiculous, and the worse part is the people running the place lie about the errors to cover their own butts. Narcotic abuse is VERY poorly monitored also... nothing is legal or safe about this place.
ex-employee

Alpha, IL

#5 Sep 2, 2010
It's about time, they deserve everything they get. The residents deserve so much more than this. Sounds like to me we have another Camalot Terrace, another Lerner facility that was closed down in Streator due to mold. Go read that article where the owner, Micheal Lerner was trying to get the inspectors to lie to the state about the mold and termites. It make you wonder if you have a family member there, what kind of care they are getting. I can tell you that we never had basic supplies available to us, and that includes gloves to give personal care. I really feel sorry for the residents, things are not taken care of the proper way. What is this mold doing to these elderly patients? Let alone the residents that are there on ventilators. Please families....get these residents to a place where they actually get taken care of, and are not subjected to mold and super bugs. Come on families, get it together and take these people somewhere SAFE!
Kim Johnson

Chicago, IL

#6 Sep 3, 2010
Thank you for all of your comments. There may be follow-up stories in the future. If any former employees would like to share their perspective with me, please send me an email: kim.johnson@wqad.com.

Thanks!
CNA

East Moline, IL

#7 Sep 3, 2010
I was employed by Galesburg Terrace for one night in the vent unit... that was all it took. CNA's there are paid minimum wage, and most of them do not care about the residents because of it. There were 2 cnas there that did actually care about the residents, and they went out and bought the residents things like shampoo and deodorant because it was not being provided to them. One cna felt that she had to work 16 hour shifts so that she could make sure her residents were properly cared for. I have never seen so many residents on isolation either, and the worst part was that no one would wear the isolation gowns while caring for residents, so it's no wonder why the infection is spread.
condorman

New Windsor, IL

#8 Sep 3, 2010
It's about time some of these nursing homes were not only investigated but something done about it !! NOT a slap on the wrist !
burberrygrl

Galesburg, IL

#9 Sep 3, 2010
hmmmm i live in galesburg and makes me wonder if that isnt what made my grandmother sick and then later passed away this place is common for neglect and not recorded im so glad a nurse stepped up and did something more people like this needs to do this and some of these places would be looked into
Kat

Grayslake, IL

#10 Sep 3, 2010
I have been a nurse for too many years to count. Med lapses are the NURSES fault, so you can't blame others for that. Did you alert your supervisor BEFORE you needed supplies?

And having worked at the worst places around, where families PAY out the butt for care (no medicaid...), I can honestly say it sounds like there are people who do care at this facility. You need to find more like them.

TB tests can be done at the Health Department.
Former Employee

East Moline, IL

#11 Sep 3, 2010
Kat wrote:
I have been a nurse for too many years to count. Med lapses are the NURSES fault, so you can't blame others for that. Did you alert your supervisor BEFORE you needed supplies?
And having worked at the worst places around, where families PAY out the butt for care (no medicaid...), I can honestly say it sounds like there are people who do care at this facility. You need to find more like them.
TB tests can be done at the Health Department.
It is the responsibility of the facility to do a TB test on all new employees and all new residents not the responsibility of a cna. The point I was making is that it is not required to work there, which to me is a serious infection control issue. It is also not the responsibility of a cna to order supplies and they should not have to constantly ask for things like gloves or isolation gowns that should always be on hand. I may be young, but I know when the treatment of a resident is not being done correctly. I have worked at several facilities and I can say this one is truly bad. There are bad cnas everywhere, but this comes down to the facility itself. When I was hired I was not asked a single interview question. I walked in there and was asked what shift do you want, how many hours and when do you want to start that was it, no back round check no reference check. CNAs are a very important part in the basic non-medical care of residents, and they need to be properly screened before being hired.
too bad

Avon, IL

#12 Sep 3, 2010
you people are so pathetic.trying to get the only home these residents know. if it were truely as bad as you say then they wouldnt be allowed to operate. i know for a fact that state monitors all these situations very carefully and anyone with any long term care experience knows this. dont be a fool and fall for these disgrunteled employees pitiful attempt to make this place look like its neglectful and bad.why dont u talk to some residents or familys and get the truth
Current CNA

Galesburg, IL

#13 Sep 4, 2010
Well, were should i begin. Have any of you had your own houses checked for mold recently? This area can get very humid in the summertime and mold thrives in these conditions. Should you have your children taken away for having mold in your house and be given a hefty fine by the state of Illinois if you do? The nursing home is taking all of the steps it can to take care of this problem that the state of Illinois has told them to. They cannot anticipate every single problem that comes up but they can and do correct the problems as they come at them
You talk so badly about this place but it takes in people that have NO money and gives them a home. And the state is the one that mandates how many cna's and nurses per resident, not the facility; and the states standards have always been lacking. Plus, this facility gives people that other places wouldn't look twice at a chance. And, i'm not talking about felons. I am talking about people that had a run of bad luck that other facilities wouldn't take a chance on.
I have gotten every TB test that should be required of me and even gotten the hepatitis vaccination at no cost to myself.The DON herself did all but hunt me down to get this done.
How about instead of bashing this and every nursing home that has problems you go to the state congressmen and women or even the president and tell them to pay medicare payments on time so facilities aren't left to struggle on how to make ends meet and how to take care of residents. What all of you naysayers also forgot to mention was that during the last survey the federal surveyors were there. There are a lot of tags that we got that many other facilities would have had the federal surveyors been with them. Last year there were very few tags to this facility and all of a sudden in one year it increased that much. Anyone knows that when federal is there they nitpick over everything and make people nervous and makes them make silly mistakes they wouldn't have ordinarily made
Why don't you FORMER employees just leave it alone. Let it go and move on.
CNA

Galesburg, IL

#14 Sep 4, 2010
These comments on it being the states fault and the fault of the individual nurses is bull crap. The state mandation is low but not one prego CNA per 3 halls low. As far as the med errors and narcotic abuse are concerned, yes, it's the nurses problem in the first place but it is the facilities problem for not doing anything about it, they never fire for these issues because they are so disgusting no one else will work there. And maybe they do mandate TB but what about background checks? Criminals from out of county come to work at this facility because its common knowledge that anyone off the street can get a job there. Drug abusers, check, thefts, check, hmm how about domestic violence, check they have had that too. The elderly are just used to the situation, the FORMER employees don't want to 'leave it alone' because we don't like elder abuse!!!
Current CNA

Galesburg, IL

#15 Sep 4, 2010
CNA wrote:
These comments on it being the states fault and the fault of the individual nurses is bull crap. The state mandation is low but not one prego CNA per 3 halls low. As far as the med errors and narcotic abuse are concerned, yes, it's the nurses problem in the first place but it is the facilities problem for not doing anything about it, they never fire for these issues because they are so disgusting no one else will work there. And maybe they do mandate TB but what about background checks? Criminals from out of county come to work at this facility because its common knowledge that anyone off the street can get a job there. Drug abusers, check, thefts, check, hmm how about domestic violence, check they have had that too. The elderly are just used to the situation, the FORMER employees don't want to 'leave it alone' because we don't like elder abuse!!!
i myself am not fond of elder abuse either. i love each and every resident i care for like family .But let me ask you this. Why weren't the licenses and certifications yanked when the person was convicted of these felonies? Again its a case of state regulators not doing their jobs and letting people slip through the cracks. I'm quite sure that these people that were hired were checked for licensure and i'm sure they had it. Background checks only go so far. If they still had licenses then the state must not have deemed it needed to yank their certificates and licenses. Or maybe they need to keep a better eye on these things. And what about the other issues i brought about.And as far as staffing, well if people would show up for their shifts then staffing would be nowhere near the problem everybody makes it to be. They can't make the people come in and nobody ever seems to want to stay for the greater good. No they want to complain and say you can't mandate me and some even walk out when they get mandated. Isnt that abandonment? Isn't that neglect.When we take our classes we are taught that sometimes mandation will happen. But right the second it is mentioned nobody wants to do it and threatens to quit. So it isnt the homes fault its some of the cna's and nurses that want to be childish about staying and helping take care of the residents when they are needed most.
its a joke there

Mechanicsburg, PA

#16 Sep 4, 2010
that place needs shut down just a few years ago a resident was burnt to death in a bath tub and it was just a slap on the wrist the owner dont care about these poor residents or his staff hes a crook out for his self it makes me ill you see people work short and do doubles and some around the clock the don is a drug abuser herself and they always warn before they test her shes had numerous arrests for domestic and drugs yet shes still there cuz shes in with the administrator they care about there selves not the pts DO IT A FAVOR SHUT IT DOWN
current employee

Mechanicsburg, PA

#17 Sep 4, 2010
Current CNA wrote:
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i myself am not fond of elder abuse either. i love each and every resident i care for like family .But let me ask you this. Why weren't the licenses and certifications yanked when the person was convicted of these felonies? Again its a case of state regulators not doing their jobs and letting people slip through the cracks. I'm quite sure that these people that were hired were checked for licensure and i'm sure they had it. Background checks only go so far. If they still had licenses then the state must not have deemed it needed to yank their certificates and licenses. Or maybe they need to keep a better eye on these things. And what about the other issues i brought about.And as far as staffing, well if people would show up for their shifts then staffing would be nowhere near the problem everybody makes it to be. They can't make the people come in and nobody ever seems to want to stay for the greater good. No they want to complain and say you can't mandate me and some even walk out when they get mandated. Isnt that abandonment? Isn't that neglect.When we take our classes we are taught that sometimes mandation will happen. But right the second it is mentioned nobody wants to do it and threatens to quit. So it isnt the homes fault its some of the cna's and nurses that want to be childish about staying and helping take care of the residents when they are needed most.
i agree i still work at galesburg terrace and i drive 90 miles to and from that job so its not that bad people need to get over it
former cna

Avon, IL

#18 Sep 4, 2010
i worked there for years. this is simply not true, none of it. that place is the most home like nursing home i have ever worked in. they go above and beyond for their residents. iv seen many people get well and go home even ones on ventilators that came there on their death bed. i cant believe that former employees that have been fired for their mistakes are taking it out on this facility.hopefully it wont come back to haunt you people that are lying thru their teeth. if i hadnt moved on to a new career i would still be there. i miss it every day.god bless those that are still there.
current employee

Galesburg, IL

#19 Sep 4, 2010
I have worked at galesburg terrace since 1977 and I have seen it all. Galesburg terrace employees are very caring people or they wouldnt be there. The residents think of the staff as their family. So when you call in complaints to state then this is very stressful for both staff and residents. This is their home and many of them the last place they will be can't you past employees leave all of us alone. Mr. Lerner does care about the staff and residents but we are not like other nursing homes and won't take residents who are on state aid or no way to pay. The state should pay every month and not be months behind in their payments. If you would go in any other nursing home you would probably find mold in them also. I have seen residents go home and then come back because they like it there. The past employees didnt care about the other staff or residents because most of the time they would not call or show up for work or they would call up and just quit. Why don't you look at the good this facility is doing instead of past employees comments because they lied about wanting to work there and they lied to the residents about caring. All jobs are stressful but I love all the residents there and I wouldn't just not show up for work or quit because these residents don't deserve that. We the staff and residents need to be left alone
Kat

Grayslake, IL

#20 Sep 5, 2010
FYI: The Feds have been going to random Nursing homes the past several years. This is NOT a new thing. Of course, there will be nit picking.

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