With reports of neglect violations and sexual offenders allowed access to patients, there is continued concern for the welfare of nursing home residents. These types of violations are exactly what were found on a recent inspection of the Manorcare of Liberyville by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
In December 2011, DHHS conducted an inspection and found several violations. One patient in particular was highlighted on the report. Over a two-month period, after this patient was released from the hospital, the patient develops a pressure sore on their right heel. This sore progresses into a staph infection and then another sore is formed on the left heel. The proper attention was consistently lacking with this poor patient, as they are found without the correct padding or elevation needed for those wounds to heal. When a dietary consultation is requested for the same patient, the dietician does not see the patient for 6 days and when asked why, she answers that she was “new” and too busy.
This is only one patient, but when combined with the other violations on the report, it is very concerning. Some of the violations include:
Abuse and neglect.
1 out of 3 patients were found to have pressure sores. The protocol for pressure sores is to prevent and treat any pressure sores on a 24 hour/ 7 day a week basis. The above patient was only one of several patients found with these types of sores.
Sexual offenders must have a separate room.
A convicted sexual predator was allowed to share a room with other patients and resulted in a complaint from one of the roommates.
Criminal background checks not performed.
All residents must have a criminal background check done within 24 hours of admission for the protection of the other patients. At the time of the inspection, 4 out of 10 new residents recently admitted did not have these background checks performed within the allotted time.
Manorcare of Libertyville is not alone in these types of violations, but it is a tell-tale sign that there is reason to look closer at how they are running their facility. What is most concerning is that this is only what was found during an inspection and is only a glimpse of what may really be occurring in the home on a regular basis. We need to make sure that this type of neglect of duty does not continue for the safety and well-being of the patients living there.