Elgin Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Elgin Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys

Many families have no other option than to place their confidence and trust in the staff in a nursing facility to ensure that their elderly relative receives the best care possible. Unfortunately, many nursing homes place their profits above the rights and needs of the residents. As a result, many residents become the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment through various means. In fact, the Elgin nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have seen a significant increase in cases where the facility’s failed to provide residents appropriate care for their health and hygiene.

There are more than 111,000 residents of Elgin Illinois. Out of that, 8.6 percent, or approximately 9600 of those individuals are senior citizens. The increasing population throughout the Chicago metropolitan area as place a heavy demand on the number of nursing home beds required to meet the needs of the aging baby boomers. Many facilities have become overcrowded where administrators and human resource departments are unable to fill nursing job positions.

A lack of health and hygiene care often results in serious injury. Many times, the nursing facility does not provide adequate training or take appropriate measures to avoid the potential of pressure sores from developing on resident’s skin. If not adequately treated, a simple bedsore can easily lead to serious infection and potentially death. Only through appropriate hydration, nutrition and medical care can the nursing home resident remain healthy and maintain their current level of health or get better.

Elgin Nursing Home Resident Health Concerns

Abuse, neglect and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities is a serious problem that often can only be remedied directly. Many families who must place a loved one in the care of professional nurses, struggle to determine which facility provides the highest level of medical services. In an effort to help, our Elgin nursing home attorneys continuously review filed complaints, opened investigations and health concerns in nursing facilities all throughout Kane County. We gather this information from federal government and state agency databases including Medicare.gov.

Comparing Elgin Area Nursing Home Facilities

The nursing homes listed below throughout the Elgin area currently maintain a well below average score rating compared to comparative facilities nationwide. Each facility has earned one star out of five possible stars rating because of their substandard level of care, accident hazards, maintenance issues or other serious problems occurring within the nursing home.

Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Information

Our attorneys have compiled data from reported settlements and jury verdicts from across Illinois to give you an idea of what your case may be worth in a civil law context. We have broken down these cases according to case type and patient injury. Learn more about these Illinois nursing home lawsuit settlements below:

The GROVE AT THE LAKE
2534 Elim Avenue
Zion, IL 60099
(847) 746-8435

A “For-Profit” 230-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols That Restore Normal Bladder Function or Prevent Urinary Tract Infections

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/25/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “assess and evaluate [a resident’s cause of incontinence [and failure] to identify [the resident’s type of incontinence and 2 analyze [the resident’s] voiding pattern to implement an individualized toileting program.” This deficient practice applies to one resident at the facility reviewed for incontinence.

The complaint investigation was initiated after a 03/24/2015 10:30 AM observation of a resident who “was sitting on her wheelchair in her room. [The resident] was observed with a TV remote control by her ears. [The resident] said, I was talking on the phone with my husband.” A re-observation at 11:55 AM noted that the resident “was sitting on her wheelchair in her room, a very strong urine odor was noted. [The Certified Nursing Assistant in charge] was about to bring [the resident her] lunch tray. [The resident] was assisted to stand up, [the resident’s] wheelchair cushion was observed with a puddle of urine, and [the resident’s] pants were visibly wet from urine from the hip down to her pant legs and urine was dripping down as she was being transferred to bed [and her] disposable incontinence brief was saturated with urine and with a very strong urine odor.”

The Certified Nursing Assistant in charge stated that “I got her up at 9:00 AM, yes I took her to the bathroom so she can wash up. Sometimes she is confused! No I had not toileted her after that I came in and asked her [and the resident] said no!”

In an interview with the resident’s companion/sitter revealed that “I am usually here at 7:00 AM, she [the resident] ate in bed then at 9:00 AM, they (the staff) cleaned her up. No they did not take her to the bathroom. They cleaned her up in bed they put her in her wheelchair. No they had not toileted her after that.”

The state surveyor indicated that the 03/25/2000 1:30 PM care plan showed and explained that the resident “will be toileted every two hours, which was not followed on 03/25/2015.”

Our Zion nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols and procedures for incontinent residents might be considered negligence or mistreatment. In addition, not providing adequate services that instead strip the resident’s right to dignity and respect does not follow the established protocols adopted by The Grove at the Lake.

KENOSHA ESTATES REHABILITATION AND CARE CENTER
1703 60th St
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 658-4125

A “For-Profit” 97-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols to Report and Investigate Any Act of Residents to Resident Abuse and Failure to Notify Proper Authorities as Required by Law

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to ensure that all allegations of abuse were immediately reported to the Administrator, or thoroughly investigated and were reported to the Office of Caregiver Quality.” The facility also failed to “immediately notify the Administrator, did not thoroughly investigate, and did not report an allegation of resident to resident abuse to the Office of Caregiver Quality.” These deficient practices affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for allegations of resident to resident abuse.”

A resident at the facility reported an allegation of “resident to resident altercation to her son” on 03/02/2015. The resident alleged that another resident “entered her room while she was asleep and was touching her leg above the knee. On 03/03/2015 [the resident’s] son reported the allegation to the Director of Nursing (DON).” The Director of Nursing directed the “Night Supervisor to place [the resident] on every 15 minute checks. The DON did not accurately and immediately report the allegation to the Administrator. The facility did not thoroughly investigate the allegation in the facility and did not immediately (within 24 hours) report the allegation to the Office of Caregiver Quality, nor did the facility report the allegation to the Office of Caregiver Quality within five working days of becoming aware of the allegation.”

The state surveyor conducted a 03/12/2015 8:00 AM interview with the facility’s Administrator “who indicated all incidences of Resident to Resident altercations are reported to the Administrator immediately and thoroughly investigated [and that] he was not aware of the alleged incident where [one resident] entered [the room of another resident] and grabbed [that resident’s] leg.

The state surveyor conducted in 03/17/2015 2:00 PM interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing “who indicated that after [the resident’s] son reported to her that his mother was awakened and had her leg touched by [the resident] she did report the allegation to the Administrator.”

Our Kenosha, Wisconsin nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that the facility failed to follow their own procedures, protocols and policies, especially the 03/10/2014 policy titled: Policy and Procedure for Residents a Resident Altercation which states in part that:

“All incidences are to be documented in each resident’s medical record with monitoring to continue for at least 48 hours. The policy indicates the administrator should be notified of all allegations of resident to resident altercations. The policy indicates all allegations of resident to resident altercations will be thoroughly investigated and reported to the State Survey Agency immediately using the Alleged Nursing Home Resident Mistreatment Form (required form for reporting to State Survey Agency within 24 hours of the allegation) and within five working days using the Misconduct Incident Report Form.”

Our Wisconsin Elder Abuse attorneys also recognize that the facility failed to immediately report the incident to the Administrator and failed to follow established protocols of reporting the incident to the proper authorities.

WATERS EDGE REHABILITATION AND CARE CENTER
3415 N Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, WI 53140
(262) 657-6175

A “For-Profit” 159-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Follow Protocols and Reporting and Investigating Acts of Negligence, Mistreatment or Abuse

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/22/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure that it thoroughly investigated three allegations of resident neglect.” The notation was made in response to two residents complaining of care and that they were “were not provided by staff, these allegations were not thoroughly investigated and have not been reported to the State Agency.”

The notation was made in part after a resident “voice concern to [the registered occupational therapist] on 06/09/2015 that his bedsheets were wet and needed changing. The concern does not identify the day of the occurrence that mentions the time as 9:30 PM. [The resident] described the CNA (Certified Nurses’ Ade) to the [registered occupational therapist] as the big black guy, got frustrated grunting and sighing, upset having to complete and did quickly leave room without emptying urinal and other request.”

The resident also voiced concerns that “he is tired of feeling like a bother, tries not to ask for help because of attitudes.” The documented grievance form indicates that the facility responded to the resident’s grievance on 06/15/2015 “six days after the allegation and it is documented as spoke with CNA regarding customer service. Spoke with resident on 06/16/2015 voices no complaints, stated everything is going well and signed off by [the facility’s Director of Nursing].”

The state surveyor “requested evidence of interviews with other residents who have been provided care by [the same CNA] to determine if this is his usual practice.” However, the facility’s Director of Nursing revealed that “there was no documented evidence of interviews with other residents. There was also no evidence that the CNA reported to any license staff that he was unable to provide care is to the resident before the end of his shift.” When the state surveyor requested of any reeducation or training had occurred with the CNA in regards to the episodes that occur, there was none forthcoming.” In addition, the allegation of neglect was never reported to the state agency.”

Our Kenosha, elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to report or investigate an act of abuse or neglect violates state and federal laws and might be considered abuse or mistreatment. In addition, the deficient practices fail to follow the established procedures, policies and protocols adopted by Water’s Edge Rehabilitation and Care Center.

AVANTARA LONG GROVE
1666 Checker Road
Long Grove, IL 60047
(847) 419-1111

A “For-Profit” 190 -certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Unauthorized Physical Restraints

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/06/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “assess and document a medical need for a full side rail restraint.” This deficient practice directly involves two residents at the facility “reviewed for restraints.”

The state surveyor made an observation on 08/03/2015 at 10:40 AM, and 11:58 AM, where the resident “was in bed with both full-length side rails up.” Later the same day at 3:09 PM, the state surveyor observed the resident “in bed with only the right side rail up.”

The state surveyor conducted in 08/03/2015 11:59 AM interview with the facility’s CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) who stated “they told me to put them up, they always put them up. The surveyor asked if [the resident] tries to climb out of bed [and the CNA said] not when I have work here.” The state surveyor conducted A Review of the Resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set that indicates that the resident “shows extensive assist of two staff members for bed mobility.”

On 08/03/2015 at 1:38 PM, an observation was when two CNAs “lay [the resident] down in bed. [The resident’s is] bed has for half side rails. They put all four side rails up, making the bed have full side rails on both sides.”

The CNA in charge indicated during an 08/03/2015 1:38 PM interview with the state surveyor that “the son always wants the side rails up. She also said [the resident] does not move in bed.”

A follow-up interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing on 08/05/2015 at 3:50 PM revealed that “we call the son and he said he never wanted for rails up. Re-re—educated all the staff on only using two half side rails.”

Our Long Grove nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to follow procedures and protocols concerning side rails and restraints strips away the resident’s right to freedom. The deficient practices by Avantara Long Grove might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident because it does not follow the facility’s February 2015 policy titled Restraint Policy and Procedure that reads in part:

“In the event the resident’s condition warrants the use of restraint, restraint device assessment will be done to determine if the device is appropriate for the resident. Once the assessment determines that the device or intervention is a restraint, a physician order [is required]. The use of restraint including the risk for use or non-use may be discussed with the resident or the legal surrogate or representative.”

BRENTWOOD NORTH HEALTH CARE AND REHABILITATION CENTER
3705 Deerfield Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
(847) 947-9000

A “For-Profit” 240-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “maintain access to hot water 110 degrees Fahrenheit and below.” This deficient practice at the facility directly applies to 17 resident’s “reviewed for accident hazards.”

The state investigator noted that an Immediate Jeopardy started on 07/13/2015 at 1:10 PM “when the water temperature in Room 303 measured 133.5 degrees Fahrenheit. On 07/13/2015 at 3:50 PM [the facility’s Administrator] was notified of the Immediate Jeopardy.” As of the date of the state survey, “the facility remains out of compliance, at a level II, due to the facilities need to monitor water temperatures at various times of the day.”

At 1:50 PM on 07/13/2015, the facility’s Maintenance Supervisor stated “let me do the baby test.” The maintenance supervisor “placed his wrist under the running water, pulled back quickly and stated ‘That is hot!’ after checking the water heater, [the Maintenance Supervisor stated] something is wrong.”

At 12:27 PM on 07/13/2015, a Certified Nursing Assistant assisting the resident helped the resident “to wash his hands after using the restroom. [The Certified Nursing Assistant] turn the hot water on and [the resident] put his hands under the water and began to wash them. Within about three seconds [the resident] quickly pulled his hands back out of the water as the water was too hot.”

Our Riverwoods’ nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that failing to provide residents an environment free of accident hazards could cause residents harm and injury. The deficient practice of not properly regulating water temperatures might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it does not follow established protocols and guidelines including those by the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) 08/17/2007 State Operations Manual in appendix PP in the table Time and Temperature Relationship to Serious Burns that says in part:

“Water temperature set to 127 degrees Fahrenheit, with an exposure time of one minute or 133 degrees Fahrenheit at 15 seconds can cause a third degree burn.”

CLARIDGE HEALTHCARE CENTER
700 Jenkisson Ave.
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
(847) 295-3900

A “For-Profit” 231-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Adequate Staffing to Meet the Needs of Residents That Maximize Their Well-Being

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/03/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to provide “enough staff to meet the needs of the residents in the areas of grooming, hygiene, feeding assistance and supervision during mealtime. The facility also does not have enough staff to provide an ongoing structured activities program to meet resident’s needs and preferences.” The deficient practices directly affect 15 residents at the facility.

A state surveyor observed CNA’s at 6:25 PM on 05/30/2015 noting that the Certified Nurse Assistance on the second floor stated “they were attending other residents in the rooms and that was why they were not in the dining room. During the survey, confidential interviews held with several staff and they stated that the facility has lack of staff especially during mealtime to help serve, monitor and feed residents in a timely manner.”

In a separate interview conducted 1:40 PM on 05/28/2015, a resident “was in the second floor dining room [and] smell like urine and an unidentified offensive odor. [The resident] stated that [a Certified Nurses’ Assistant] had changed her disposable brief at 8:00 AM. During the incontinence care at around 1:45 PM [the CNA] assisted [the resident] to get up from her wheelchair and pulled out [the resident’s] pants. During this process [the resident] was noted wearing two briefs [that were] heavily saturated with urine and without effort, fell to the floor.”

The state surveyor noted that “the unidentified offensive odor was coming from [the resident’s] abdominal fold. Due to [the resident’s] obesity, [the resident] has multiple skinfolds on the abdominal area, underneath breasts and groin. All the mention skinfolds were noted with heavy accumulation of milky and flaky substance and the smell was overwhelming with offensive odor.” The resident stated “that she has a prolonged yeast infection on her skinfolds [and] added that staff does not clean her skinfolds well enough prior to applying medicated cream/powder.”

In a separate observation of another resident occurring at 12:05 PM on 05/20/2015, the resident “stated that she had a recent amputation of her left leg below the knee due to her circulation and being a diabetic [and] that she uses the bedpan for bladder and bowel (B/B) elimination.” The resident also stated “that she does have accidents urinating in bed because the staff was not available to assist her in a timely manner.”

The state surveyor reviewed the 03/27/2015 through 03/31/2015 five day staff schedule that revealed “that the facility had not met the state required minimum staffing. The circulation show the required state minimum was 2.72 in the facility only provided 2.6.”

Our Lake Bluff nursing home neglect lawyers recognize it any failure to provide enough staffing to ensure all residents needs are being met might be considered negligence or mistreatment. The ongoing deficient practice of operating with a short staff violates federal and state nursing home regulations and does not follow the established policies and protocols adopted by Claridge Healthcare Center.

GLENLAKE TERRACE NURSING & rehabilitation Center
2222 West 14th Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
(847) 249-2400

A “For-Profit” 265-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Inform the Resident’s Doctor or Family Member Immediately in Regards to a Change of the Resident’s Situations Including a Decline in Health or Injury

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “notify a resident’s designated emergency contact person regarding a significant change in condition.” This deficient practice effects one resident at the facility.”

The resident in question was originally admitted to Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on 01/22/2014. A Review of the Facility’s 06/28/2014 SBAR Communication Form and Progress Note revealed that the resident was found unresponsive in 3:05 AM when “911 was called. [The resident] was taken to the hospital via paramedics at 3:30 AM. It was indicated in this form that [the registered nurse] left a message on [the resident’s] emergency contact at 3:35 AM.

However, the facility’s 9:00 AM 06/28/2015 Nurse’s Notes entered by the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing revealed “that the resident was admitted to the hospital [and the resident’s] demographic face sheet showed [the resident’s husband] as the emergency contact. There were two phone numbers that were listed in order to reach [the husband]. The first one was identified as a cell phone number in the second phone number was identified as the home phone number.”

The Registered Nurse indicated on 04/20/2015 “that he called phone numbers available on [the resident’s] demographic face sheet in order to reach [the resident’s husband]. [The Registered Nurse] also stated that one phone number was a retail store and that [the Registered Nurse] had talked to the operator of the retail store [and] added that he left a message to the operator for [the husband] to call the facility.” The Assistant Director of Nursing stated “she did not follow up on [the resident’s] family regarding [the resident] being sent to the hospital [and] stated that since there was no documentation in the Nurse’s Notes regarding follow-up notification to [the resident’ is] family, this was an indication there was nothing to follow up.”

The resident’s daughter stated “that she was shocked and devastated when the police showed up at her home and informed her [the resident] had passed away.”

Our Waukegan nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols and inform family members in regards to a resident’s change in situation or declining health might be considered neglect, abuse or mistreatment. The deficient practice by the nursing staff and administration also violated the established procedures and protocols adopted by Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

GROVE OF NORTHBROOK
263 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, IL 60062
(847) 564-0505

A “For-Profit” 134-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Every Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/07/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “discontinue a narcotic medication after a physician’s order did not apply for [the resident the facility].”

The complaint investigation was opened in part after review of a resident’s Physician Order Sheet denoting that [the resident’s medications are given] one tablet every four hours as needed for pain seven (7) days.” However, the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) indicates that the resident’s Physician Order Sheet “did not have a physician’s order to do so.” As a result, the resident “was subsequently provided [the medication] pass the physician’s order [of seven days] stop date resulting in a medication error on three occasions.”

The state surveyor conducted a 3 PM 05/06/2015 interview with the facility’s Registered Nurse who reported “I gave it on the 2nd and the 30th.” 10 minutes later on the same day, “the surveyor inquired if there was a problem with administration of [the resident’s medication] after 04/29/2015.” The Registered Nurse responded “yeah the order has not been followed.”

Our Northbrook nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to ensure that every resident’s medication regimen is free from unnecessary drugs could cause significant harm or injury to the resident. In addition, the deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it does not follow the established policies and procedures adopted by Grove of Northbrook, including the policy titled: Medication Pass Policy and Procedure that reads in part:

“It is the policy of the facility to adhere to federal regulations with medication pass procedure.”

LEXINGTON OF WHEELING
730 West Hintz Road
Wheeling, IL 60090
(847) 537-7474

A “For-Profit” 215-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Residents the Necessary Services and Care to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being Is Maintained

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/08/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “assess, identify, treat and update physician’s orders for [a resident at the facility] review for diabetic ulcers.” The “deficient practices resulted in [the resident] requiring hospitalization for excisional debridement of left toe [medical conditions] and intravenous antibiotic therapy [to treat] Staphylococcus Aureus.”

The complaint investigation was initiated after an observation of care provided to a resident between 05/06/2015 at 2:00 PM and 05/07/2015 at 10:18 AM when a facility’s Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) “said all assessments (including skin) are to be completed by the nurse upon the resident’s admission to the facility and there is an admissions checklist that is utilized. [The LPN] said she is unaware of any admissions policy and procedure [… and] said she has worked at the facility for four years and she knows what needs to be done when a resident is admitted.” However, the LPN stated “she did not complete a set assessment for [the resident] because he refused [… and] she believes she documented in the 24 hour shift report [the resident’s] refusals for skin assessment.”

During an interview at 3:10 PM on 05/07/2015 with the facility’s Director of Nursing revealed that “skin assessments are part of the admission process [and are] to be completed in the EMR (Electronic Medical Record) in addition to completing an admission checklist.” In a separate interview occurring at 12:15 PM and 05/06/2015, the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing revealed that “skin assessment should be completed upon the resident’s submission to the facility [and that the resident’s EMR was reviewed and said] the skin assessment had not been completed.”

The facility’s DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) said that on 05/06/2015 at 3:31 PM “he did at a private of the tip of the fourth toe of [the resident’s] left foot on 04/27/2015 for a Grade 1 ulcer. Wound care was to include daily bathing and dressing change with an application of [a specific medication] or ointment.” The DPM said “he was notified by the facility that [the resident] did not have any paperwork when he returned to the facility [and that] he faxed the information to the facility the following day.” The DPM doctor said that the resident who had an amputated toe “developed a very significant ulcer while at the facility [and] had he known that [the resident] had any symptoms of infection and that wound care was not being done, he would have sent [the resident] immediately to the hospital.” The surveyor then asked “what could happen if wound care was not done.” The DPM responded “what could happen did happen.”

On 04/30/2015, the resident’s wife told the nursing staff that she will be taking the resident to a foot doctor for a possible infectious disease of the right big toe. The note does not document any assessment of [the resident’s feet.

A review of the resident’s Hospital records documents that the resident “was admitted to the hospital” where an “excisional debridement of the left toe was performed. Culture of foot drainage was positive for Staph aureus.”

Our Wheeling nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to provide adequate care and treatment to residents requiring special services might be considered mistreatment or neglect. In addition, it fails to follow established procedures and protocols enforced by federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies.

VILLAGE AT VICTORY LAKES
1055 East Grand Avenue
Lindenhurst, IL 60046
(847) 356-5900

A “Not-For-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That All Residents Remain Safe from Serious Medication Errors

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/12/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “identify the resident before administration of medications and [a failure] to provide required identification band per policy resulting in medication errors.” This deficient practice applies to one resident at the facility.

The complaint investigation was initiated in part after the state surveyor reviewed nurse’s notes dated 02/28/2014 showing that a resident at the facility was given the wrong medications. The doctor notified in order that the resident be monitored. “At around 9 PM, patient sounded congested and vital signs changed. Increased blood pressure and pulse would decrease oxygen. Call doctor and got order for patient go to the hospital. Reported to on coming shift nurse of what happened to the patient [who vomited four times] before [emergency medical technicians] got to the facility.”

A 03/11/2014 1:55 PM interview with the facility’s Agency Nurse stated “it was the first time to work in the first floor was not familiar with the resident’s [and] he prepared the medicine for [the resident].” The nurse stated “he looked at the MAR (Medication Administration Record) which had a picture of [the resident] but he could not match the face to the picture.” Even without the ability to substantiate the resident’s identification, the nurse “then gave the medication to the lady with the purple dress who is actually [another resident]. Later, while continuing his medication pass, he found another resident with the same first name.”

At some point, the nurse “realize he gave the wrong medication to the wrong resident [and] called the supervisor and physician.” A few hours later, the resident “was lethargic, very weak, coughing and gagging” and was then transferred to the hospital.

Our Lindenhurst nursing home neglect attorneys recognize it failing to follow procedures and protocol when administering medications could jeopardize the health and life of the resident when errors occur. The deficient practice might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it violates state and federal regulations and does not follow the established policies and procedures adopted by Village at Victory Lakes, especially the facility’s 10/01/2012 policy titled: Policy and Procedure in Medication Administration that reads in part:

“To administer medication, within the state guidelines, in a safe manner. Procedure includes precautions [including] observe the seven rights and giving each medication [that includes] the right resident; the right frequency/time; the right medication; the right dose; the right route/technique; the right documentation; and the right form. Identify resident by name, if alert or by using photograph.

No Nursing Home Resident Should Never Be a Victim

Nursing facilities, long-term care centers and assisted-living homes are legally required to ensure their residents are provided an accident free environment and maintain their fundamental dignity and respect at all times. Unfortunately for many residents, this is not often the result. In many incidences, caregivers and other residents neglect, abuse or mistreatment the resident through various ways. Some of these ways include:

  • Physical injury caused by a lack of attention, bedsore or fall;
  • Physical, mental or sexual abuse;
  • Restraint injury caused by improper or unnecessary restraints (either physically or chemically);
  • Wandering or elopement -related injury, caused when resident leaves the facility unnoticed or unsupervised;
  • Any condition, event or accident that results in a wrongful death.
Obtaining Legal Representation From an Elgin Nursing home Lawsuit

When residents in nursing facilities become victims of neglect and abuse, the Elgin nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide their voice in civil court. If you have your suspicions that your loved one is being neglected or abused while residing in a nursing facility, you can get help to stop the mistreatment now. Our Illinois team of experienced lawyers can provide immediate legal representation for your loved one suffering negligence, abuse or mistreatment.

Schedule your free, no obligation full case review today by calling our Kane County elder abuse law offices at (800) 926-7565. We do not charge for our initial, no obligation consultation and accept all personal injury, nursing home neglect and wrongful death cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means you will only pay us for your legal services after we recover damages on your behalf through a negotiated out of court settlement or at the conclusion of a successful jury lawsuit trial.

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