Information & Ratings on Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, East Chicago, Indiana
Many families have limited options when providing care to a loved one who requires outside nursing assistance. Typically, the family will choose to place a loved one in a nursing home to ensure they receive the best care possible. Unfortunately, abuse and neglect are serious problems in nursing homes across the United States.
If your loved one was victimized through neglect, mistreatment or abuse while living in a Lake County nursing facility, contact the Indiana Nursing Home Law Center Attorneys now for immediate legal help. Let our team of lawyers work on your family’s behalf to ensure you receive financial compensation to recover your damages. We will use the law to hold those responsible for your harm rightfully accountable.Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
This long-term care facility is a 117-certified bed "for profit" home providing services and cares to residents of East Chicago and Lake County, Indiana. The Medicare and Medicaid-participating center is located at:
5025 McCook Ave
East Chicago, Indiana 46312
Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center offers other services. Additional focused care includes wound care, IV (intravenous) therapy, respiratory support, post-stroke care, and restorative care including skilled occupational, physical, and speech therapies.
When investigators working for the federal government identify severe violations of nursing home rules and regulations, they can penalize the facility by a denial of payment for Medicare services or impose monetary fines.
Within the last three years, federal investigators imposed a monetary fine against Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for $9,750 on October 02, 2018, citing substandard care. During this time, Medicare denied payment on June 20, 2016, due to a lack of quality care.
The nursing home also received thirty-nine complaints over the last three years that resulted in a violation citation. Additional documentation concerning penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Indiana Nursing Home Report Cards Website.
The state of Indiana and Medicare.com routinely update their comprehensive list of deficiencies online to reflect all violations.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care Prevent New Ulcers from Developing – citation #F686 date May 15, 2018
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program – citation date May 15, 2018
According to state surveyors, “the facility failed to ensure monitoring and ongoing assessments of pressure ulcers were completed for [one of three residents] reviewed for pressure ulcers.” In one case, a resident’s Quarterly MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment revealed that the resident “was at risk for the development of pressure ulcers and currently had a Stage II ulcer and two Stage III pressure ulcers. The largest unhealed ulcer was identified as the Stage III ulcer measuring 2.4 cm x 6.5 cm x 1.0 cm with granulation tissue.”
A review of the resident’s Skin Integrity Condition – Weekly Wound Observation showed a wound bed pink in color with a “moderate amount of serous (blood color) drainage with a foul odor present. Wound edges attached.” The resident “was seen at the Wound Clinic.” However, there were “no further Skin Integrity Condition Reports completed.
The nursing home “failed to ensure infection control practices were implemented related to handwashing not completed and glucometer blood glucose testing devices not disinfected between resident use.” The state surveyors observed a Registered Nurse (RN) “preparing to complete a glucometer blood glucose test for [a resident] on the second floor.”
The surveyors observed a glucometer on top of the nurse’s medication cart. The “RN put on a pair of disposable gloves, wiped glucometer with an alcohol wipe, and entered the room.” During the observation, it was noted that “the glucometer was not cleaned with alcohol or any other cleansing method” between residents.
The surveyors interviewed the facility Administrator who indicated that the RN “had been working at the facility for approximately three weeks [and] did not attend the recent in-service the facility had related to glucometers.”
Do you suspect that your loved one is the victim of mistreatment while living at Lake County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center? Contact the Indiana nursing home abuse attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center at (800) 926-7565 for immediate legal intervention. We represent Lake County victims of abuse and neglect in all areas including East Chicago.
You will not be charged to discuss your case with our legal team during an initial, free case review. Also, we provide a 100% “No Win/No-Fee” Guarantee. This promise means that you will owe us nothing until we have secured financial compensation on your behalf. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.