For a nursing home that claims to treat its residents “with the highest level of the respect,” Lexington of Orland Park seems to have a long way to go, if you’re to believe recent Illinois Health Department surveys.
The surveys, conducted in April of 2011 and December of 2010, point out several serious deficiencies in home that’s supposed to “provide the most compassionate service possible.”
A recurring theme throughout the surveys was instances of suspicious bruises going unreported. Often, I find that suspicious bruises are a strong indicator of physical abuse.
According to the survey, one 87-year-old resident had four suspicious bruises: one on her face, left cheek, left breast and left thigh. The resident, according to a surveyor, was “not able to describe what happened, and was unable to communicate pain.” Another strong sign of abuse can often be a resident’s reluctance to discuss the abuse, for fear of reprisals from staff.
This incident in and of itself is highly suspect. But several other suspicious factors were noted in the surveys, including:
- Failure to contain an outbreak of scabies in spring 2011, as well as failure to report the outbreak to the local health department. According to the survey, “surveillance information on scabies was lacking and vague.” Staff also failed to wash infected linens properly, and to apply medical creams to affected residents.
- Failure to acknowledge and/or treat late-stage bed sores. According to the April survey, one resident with two open bed sores on his buttocks “screamed out” in the presence of a surveyor that he was “in pain; it hurts; my sore hurts,” while a nurse ignored his cries. The surveyor noted that one bed sore was the size of a silver dollar, while the other was the size of a quarter. The same surveyor also heard a patient say, to a nurse, that “I don’t like you. You hurt me all the time.”
- Frequent instances of knowingly mixing the wrong medications
- Multiple instances of residents sustaining unmonitored, life-threatening falls
On October, 25, 2010 the 278-bed facility was fined $30,000 for “Type A” violations relating to the area of nursing. Medicare, on its “Nursing Home Compare” Web site, gave Lexington only one out of five possible stars.
It’s clear from these reports that there are serious problems at Lexington of Orland Park. If you or a family membered suffered from abuse while a resident at Lexington, you may be entitled to compensation. All of our consultations are free and confidential.
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