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Mayfield Health Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Was your loved one the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect at the hands of their caregivers, visitors or other residents? If so, you may be entitled to receive financial compensation to recover your damages.
The Illinois Nursing Home Law Center attorneys represent nursing home victims of Cook County and can assist your family too. Our team of lawyers provides free consultations.
If your loved one has been mistreated at Mayfield Health Center, contact our Chicago nursing home abuse lawyers. Speak with us now to ensure you receive justice and monetary recovery. We can begin working on your case today.Mayfield Health Center
This long-term care (LTC) facility is a 156-certified bed "for profit" home providing services and cares to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating center is located at:
5905 West Washington
Chicago, Illinois, 60644
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, Mayfield Health Center also offers other services including:
- Subacute rehabilitation
- Specialized clinical expertise
- 24-hour medical care
- Daily rehab options
- Safe “Hospital the Home” transition
It is the legal responsibility of state and federal investigators to hold nursing homes accountable if they have violated rules and regulations that harmed or could have harmed a resident. These penalties include monetary fines and denial of payment for Medicare services.
Over the last three years, Mayfield Health Center has received thirty-nine formally filed complaints due to substandard care. Additional documentation about fines and penalties can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, health violations, safety concerns, and opened investigations. This information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov and the IL Department of Public Health website.
According to Medicare, this facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including two out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Cook County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Mayfield Health Center that include:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “follow aspiration precautions for one of two residents reviewed for risk of aspiration.” The investigation involved observation of an Activity Staff Member on the morning of January 30, 2018, serving a resident “a slice of pound cake in the dining room.” The resident “consumed the food, [was] observed coughing an audible upper laryngeal congestion and gargling speech [was] heard.”
The investigators reviewed the resident’s Speech Therapy Plan of Care dated January 27, 2018, that shows a Swallowing Status Assessment. The plan of care involves a severely impaired resident with a “high risk of aspiration [where food, saliva, vomit or liquids are breathed into the airways].” The report says that the patient “requires supervision with oral intake due to aspiration risk and significant weight loss.”
An LPN told observers that day that “pound cake is not allowed to a resident on a puréed diet.” That morning, the activity staff member said that the facility’s Speech Language Pathologist “okayed the resident to eat pound cake since it is soft.” The LPN “said that the diet order just changed yesterday.”
The Speech Language Pathologist said that the patient “is on a puréed diet with nectar with thick liquids, and the diet was changed from a mechanical soft diet because he cannot tolerate it.” The resident “cannot eat pound cake.” The facility’s Dietary Director said that the patient “is on a puréed diet and not allowed to eat pound cake.”
The state investigators reviewed a resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) Assessment and Brief Interview for Mental Status that shows that the cognitively intact resident “is alert and oriented.” The resident’s Progress Note dated on April 6, 2018, shows that the patient is complaining of “left leg pain” rating of ten out of ten. The nursing staff called the doctor “for x-ray orders” and were “waiting for a callback.”
A couple of hours later, the resident’s Progress Note revealed the patient “was observed in bed and complained of left leg pain that began last night that got worse.” A subsequent Progress Notes revealed that the nursing staff contacted an x-ray company for a “left leg x-ray and Doppler.”
While at the hospital, the resident stated “she had been dropped when they were putting me in bed on Wednesday night around 7:00 PM. The local hospital records under Clinician History dated April 6, 2018 documents [the patient] reports she was being transferred to bed two days ago and had of POP in her left leg.”
The facility’s Final Investigation Report dated April 12, 2018, shows that the “writer was called to the floor to evaluate further [the patient who] was complaining of pain after attempting to ambulate with assistance (resident is a one person assist).” The resident said, ‘I heard a pop when I stood up, then there was a pain in my left leg, and they led me back in bed.’” The right tour of the report “asked the resident who was alert if she had fallen or hit anything?” The resident replied, “No.”
A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing the patient care said that the resident “is a two-person assist for transferring and that [the resident] would stand and bear weight to legs and then be able to transfer the chair.” The CNA said that “she did not put [the patient] back to bed [before] leaving her shift on April 4, 2018, at 3:00 PM.
The investigators reviewed the facility’s Education/Meeting Attends Record titled: Resident Transfer – The Safe Way that “was presented to the staff.”
The investigative team reviewed the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons that document “proximal tibia fracture causes are most likely the result of trauma. Older persons with poor quality bone often require only low energy injury (fall from a standing position) to create these fractures.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 2, 2018, state surveyors noted the nursing home's failure to “ensure Certified Nursing Assistants maintain infection control by performing hand hygiene between serving [two residents’] trays.”
The investigation involved observation of a lunch meal just before noon on January 30, 2018 “conducted within the second-floor dining room. Present were eleven resident’s partaking in a lunch meal.” Two Certified Nursing Assistants “provided the resident’s their trays and assisted in setting up the lunch meal by opening or milk cartons, cutting up [food] on trays, and assisting residents into a comfortable position to partake in their meal.”
The CNAs positioned a resident, straightened their pillows, and adjusted them into a sitting position before opening their drink and cutting up the meal. One CNA then “returned to the milk carton and removed the next resident’s tray without washing her hands.”
That CNA “delivered a lunch tray to the resident in the dining room [and] assisted residents into a proper sitting position and clean up the table before serving the resident her tray.” That CNA “did not wash her hands between this resident and the next resident’s tray service and not before touching the meal tray to set up the meal.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated October 2, 2018, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “provide proof of wound treatments and measurements according to their policy and failed to complete a Braden Scale as per policy for [two residents] reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The state investigators reviewed a resident’s Hospital Records that “indicates a left heel has a pressure ulcer. No stage or measurement provided.” The resident’s June 25, 2018 Hospital Records indicate “the right lower back has a skin tear. No measurements provided.” The resident’s Hospital Records also show that the resident has a “Right Buttock non-pressure wound. The wound is described as indurated [hardened], fluid-filled plus fuel. No staging or measurement provided.”
The hospital records indicate that the patient “was transferred from the facility to the hospital emergency room for abdominal pain” before receiving treatment and returning to the facility.
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 17, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “ensure to have a written method for distributing emergency water to essential areas during a water emergency.” This failure “has the potential to affect all 145 residents within the facility.”
The state investigators interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the morning of February 15, 2017, who “provided an Emergency Water Plan for supply and distribution of water to residents within the facility during a water shortage. A letter agreement from a food service company accompanied the plan. The letter states that ‘we will provide 1.5 gallons of water per day per resident, family members, and staff.”
The surveyor said that “the emergency water plan notes that the Director of Nursing will coordinate the distribution of water.” However, “no further information on areas to receive needed water or responsible parties is noted in the procedure.”
The facility Administrator stated “this is our Emergency Water Plan. We can expand the procedures to denote who and how the water is to be distributed. I will examine the procedure as the letter notes that the supplier cannot deliver water any earlier than 48 hours.”Do You Have More Questions about Mayfield Health Center? We Can Help
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