Kenosha Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Kenosha Nursing Home Abuse LawyersWith a population of more than 99,000 residents, Kenosha Wisconsin is home to nearly 11,000 senior citizens within the city limits and about half that many more throughout the rest of Kenosha County. The number of elderly residents in the area has risen significantly in last few decades, placing a significant demand on the need for more nursing home beds in the community. However, the substantial increase in the need for skilled nursing has placed a heavy demand on assisted-living homes, rehabilitation centers and nursing facilities throughout Wisconsin. The overcrowding and understaffing at these facilities has also increased the number of legal cases involving abuse and neglect.

Kenosha, Wisconsin Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

The Kenosha nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC understand how family and friends must remain aware of the signs of abuse and neglect happening to a parent or grandparent in a nursing facility. Identifying the common signs and symptoms are the first steps toward preventing a Wisconsin nursing home resident from becoming victimized at the hands of caregivers or other residents at the facility.

Our team of dedicated Kenosha nursing home abuse attorneys provide advocacy and legal remedies to stop the abuse now. Additionally, we post publicly available data that details the opened investigations, safety concerns and filed complaints against nursing homes statewide.

Comparing Kenosha Area Nursing Homes

The nursing facilities listed below maintain an average one or two stars out of five possible stars in a rating system published on Medicare.gov. Our Kenosha elder abuse law firm has detailed the primary concerns that residents at these nursing facilities face and publish the findings that involve abuse, substandard care and accident hazards that have occurred.

Information on Wisconsin Nursing Home Abuse & Negligence Lawsuits

Our attorneys have compiled data from settlements and jury verdicts across Wisconsin to give you an idea as to how cases are valued. Learn more about the cases below:

Grande Prairie Health and Rehab Center
10330 Prairie Ridge Blvd
Pleasant Prairie, Wi 53158
(262) 612-2800

A “For-Profit” 118-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating –  1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns

Failure to Report and Investigate All Incidences Involving Abuse, Neglect or Injuries of Unknown Origin that Increase in the Resident’s Risk of Serious Injury

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/08/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “immediately report [an incident] of abuse/neglect/injuries of unknown origin to the State Agency. The facility did not submit to the State agency [the] results of an investigation into this incident within five working days of the incident.” The complaint investigation involved an incident where resident “was transferred with a full body mechanical lift with one assist instead of required two assist on 11/27/2015 putting [the resident] at risk for serious injury. The incident was not reported to the state agency.” An investigation by the state surveyor concerning the event was verified through in an interview with the Director of Nursing and CNA on duty that the resident was transferred “with a full body mechanical lift by [the CNA] and she should have had another person assist her, as was the facility policy.”

The surveyor also uncovered that the CNA “came to the nurse complaining that her coworker was on a break causing her to have to transfer [the resident] alone with the lift. Family was upset.”

Our reputable Kenosha elder abuse attorneys know that any failure to follow protocols accepted by the facility directly violates state and federal regulations and could be considered mistreatment or negligence on the part of the staff and facility. The deficient practice might be considered gross negligence because of the staff failure to immediately report the injury to the state agency which could of placed other residents in the facility at risk.

The Grove at the Lake
2534 Elim Avenue
Zion, Il 60099
(847) 746-8435

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

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Assess and Evaluate the Cause of Incontinence for a Resident at the Facility and Failure to Implement an Effective Individualize Toileting Program

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. Failed to identify [the resident’s] type of incontinence and to conduct and analyze [the resident’s] voiding pattern to implement an individualize toileting program.” The complaint investigation involved an 03/25/2015 11:55 AM observation of a resident “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] lunch tray. [The resident] was assisted to stand up, [the resident] wheelchair cushion was observed with a puddle of urine, and [the resident’s] pants were visibly wet with urine from the hip down to her pant legs and urine was dripping down as she was being transferred to bed. [The resident’s] disposable incontinence brief was saturated with urine and with a very strong urine odor.”

The certified nursing assistant in charge stated “I got her up at 9 AM, yes I took her to the bathroom so she could wash up. Sometimes she is confused! No I had not toileted her after that I came and asked her, she [the resident] said no!” Review of the resident’s documents indicated there “were no bowel and bladder assessment initiated/completed.”

Failure to follow protocols to ensure the toileting needs of every resident is met could be considered negligence by the nursing staff because it does not follow established protocols adopted by the facility and violates state and federal regulations. Our Kenosha nursing home elder abuse attorneys know that failing to provide adequate assistance for toileting strips away the dignity and respect that every human being deserves.

Glenlake Terrace Nursing & Rehab
2222 West 14th Street
Waukegan, Il 60085
(847) 249-2400

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

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure All Perineal Care Was Conducted According to the Facility’s Policy Which Placed the Health and Well-Being of Two Residents at Risk

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/06/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “ensure perineal care was conducted according to their policy and procedure for [2 residents at the facility].” The complaint investigation involved an observation of a certified nursing and a rehabilitation certified nursing assistant “giving perineal care to [a resident who] was incontinent of stool and urine. Both nursing assistants failed to follow specific protocols and one CNA “used gloves to remove stool from [the resident’s] rectum area. With the same gloves (that CNA) went to tray table to get more towels on two different times of the same gloved hands.” With the soiled gloves the CNA “proceeded to rinse the area and pat dry with the same gloved hands.”

Failure to follow protocols when providing perineal care could increase the potential risk of urinary tract infection in both men and women residents at the facility. The deficient practice could be considered negligence or maltreatment of the resident because it does not follow procedures adopted by the facility and is in direct violation of state and federal regulations.

Kenosha Estates Rehab and Care Center
1703 60th St
Kenosha, Wi 53140
(262) 658-4125

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

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Report and Investigate Any Allegation of Abuse Involving Residents to Resident Assault

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure that all allegations of abuse were immediately reported to the Administrator, were thoroughly investigated and were reported to the Office of Caregiver Quality. The facility did not 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 for [the resident at the facility].” Additionally, the facility “did not immediately notify the administrator” as required by federal and state laws.

The complaint investigation was initiated after a claim of resident to resident abuse that occurred on 03/02/2015, but was not reported to the Director of Nursing until 03/03/2015. The Director of Nursing then directed the Nurse Supervisor to place [the allegedly abusive resident] on every 15 minute checks.” However, the Director of Nursing “did not accurately and immediately report the allegation to the Administrator.” In addition, [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 that office” within five working days of becoming aware of the allegation.

Our Kenosha elder abuse lawyers know that any failure to follow protocols involving cases of abuse can directly impact the health and well-being of every resident in the facility and might be considered mistreatment or neglect. Additionally, the deficient practice violates state and federal laws and does not follow the established policies, procedures and protocol adopted by Kenosha Estates Rehabilitation and Care Center.

Sheridan Medical Complex
8400 Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, Wi 53143
(262) 658-4141

A “For-Profit” 96-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Immediate Notification to the Resident’s Physician of Their Changing Medical Condition

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/20/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “consult a physician for [a resident with a] significant change of condition.” The complaint investigation involved a resident with “an elevated temperature of 102.6 on 06/20/2015 at 11 AM. [The resident’s] physician was not contacted for 29 hours [until] 4 PM on 06/21/2015. During that time, [the resident] also had temperatures of 100.4, 102.8, 101.2, 99.7, 101.1, 99.4, 101.1, and 102.3. [The resident] was given Tylenol and ice packs, which temporarily brought [the resident’s] temperature down, but the underlying condition causing the elevated temperature still remained.” As a result of the change in condition, the resident “was admitted to the hospital.”

Failing to tell the resident’s physician of a change in their medical health directly violates state and federal regulations and fails to follow the established policies adopted by the facility. The deficient practice of not notifying the physician in a timely manner might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident because proper care and direction of treatment is not handled by the physician in charge of the resident’s health.

The Village at Victory Lakes
1055 East Grand Avenue
Lindenhurst, Il 60046
(847) 356-5900

A “Non-Profit” 120-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Ensure That Residents Remain Safe from Serious Medication Errors

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/12/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “provide required identification band per policy resulting in medical errors.” This complaint investigation involved a review of 02/28/2014 nurse’s notes showing a patient at the facility was “given wrong medications.”. The physician was notified and the resident was ordered to be monitored. “At around 9 PM, patient sounded congested and vital signs changed. Increased blood pressure and pulse with decrease of 02% oxygen.” The resident’s doctor was called and ordered the resident to be transferred to the hospital. Facility reports indicated that the resident vomited four times before the emergency medical team arrived at the facility and the resident was transferred to the hospital.

Failing to give a resident the correct medication can place their health and well-being in immediate jeopardy and could be considered mistreatment or negligence by the nursing staff and facility. The deficient practice directly violates both state and federal laws and the established policies adopted by the facility.

Waters Edge Rehabilitation and Care Center
3415 N Sheridan Rd
Kenosha, Wi 53140
(262) 657-6175

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

Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars

1 star rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment and Devices to Allow Existing Bedsores to Heal

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “ensure that [a resident] with pressure ulcers received the necessary treatment and services to promote healing and prevent new ulcers from developing.” The complaint investigation involved a resident with a “facility-acquired stage II pressure ulcer on the left outer foot. The facility investigated root cause of the pressure ulcer [and] determined it developed on 09/10/2015 either due to the pressure redistribution boots sliding when the resident moved around in bed or from positioning of the foot on the footboard of the bed.”

Once the pressure ulcer was developed and identified, the facility obtained a larger bed and discontinued the use of pressure redistribution boots. “The plan of care was updated to include floating the resident’s heels and discontinuing the pressure redistribution boots.”

Failure to provide all the necessary treatment, the right size bed and use of devices to ensure existing bedsores heal properly might be considered negligence or mistreatment of the resident. The deficient practice does not follow established protocols, policies and procedures adopted by the rehabilitation and care center and violates both federal and state regulations.

Manor Care Health Services-Kenosha
3100 Washington Rd
Kenosha, Wi 53144
(262) 658-4622

A “For-Profit” 153-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility

Overall Rating – 2 out of 5 possible stars

2 stars rating

Primary Concerns –

Failure to Provide Proper Treatment and Devices to Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “provide the necessary care and treatment to prevent new pressure ulcers from developing. The facility did not implement an intervention, to use heel protectors in bed, a plan that has been developed to prevent the development of pressure ulcers for [the resident] identified at risk for the development of pressure ulcers and who currently has pressure ulcers.”

The deficient practice was noted because a resident “was assessed [and was ordered a] care plans to need pressure relief to his heels to prevent pressure ulcers. Heel protectors were not observed to be in place on 12/02/2015.”

Our team of Kenosha elder abuse attorneys know that any failure to provide all the necessary treatment and devices to ensure that existing bedsores heal properly might be considered maltreatment or negligence toward the resident. Additionally, the deficient practice directly violates federal and state laws and does not follow the established procedures, protocols and policies adopted by ManorCare Health Services in Kenosha.

The Symptoms, Signs and Identifying Markers of Elder Abuse and Neglect

It is crucial that every family member and friend learn all the identifying signs and symptoms involving elder abuse and neglect. This means any sign of harm should be immediately reported to the resident’s physician, facility administration, appropriate agency or a Kenosha nursing home attorney.

The most common symptoms, signs and identifying markers involving neglect and abuse in a nursing facility include:

  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Facility-acquired pressure ulcers (decubitus ulcers; pressure sores; bedsores)
  • A sexually transmitted disease
  • Pinches, scratches, burns or cuts
  • Any unexplained contusion or bruise
  • Any sign of dehydration or malnutrition
  • A lack of personal hygiene
  • A painful response when body parts are touched
  • A foul odor of urine or fecal matter
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • The lack of desire to speak

Any sudden change in behavior that would include:

  • Defensive posturing
  • Depression
  • Disorientation or confusion
  • Sudden anger
  • Easy agitation
  • Incoherent speech
  • Challenges when communicating
  • A sign of fear or recoil when particular caregivers are in the vicinity
  • Caregivers not allowing the resident to receive phone calls, visits or mail

The list above detail just a few of the common signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect involving the elderly. It is essential to be observant and aware every time you visit your elderly loved one in the nursing home. Any suspicious sign of neglect or abuse must be immediately reported to authorities including the facility administrator, law enforcement and a reputable Kenosha elder abuse lawyer. The family should consider hiring an attorney because a law firm that specializes in nursing home abuse can provide various legal options to stop the abuse now.

Hiring an Attorney

The Kenosha nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC aggressively fight for nursing home residents throughout Wisconsin who have been victimized by other residents or their caregivers. Our team of dedicated nursing home neglect lawyers can investigate your claim and provide numerous legal options including filing a claim for the financial compensation you deserve for all your injuries, damages and losses.

We encourage you to contact our law offices today at (800) 926-7565 to voice your concerns and schedule a free, initial confidential consultation. We accept all Kenosha nursing home abuse cases, personal injury claims and wrongful death lawsuits on contingency, meaning all of your legal fees will be paid only after we negotiate and secure your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial.

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