St. Martha Manor is a smaller 57 bed nursing home located in the north side of Chicago. According to the government’s Medicare website, the facility received only one out of five stars, which is a much below average rating. In the past year, the nursing home had seven health deficiencies, which is one less than the average number of health deficiencies in Illinois and in the United States. The seven health deficiencies in the past year are an improvement from the eleven health deficiencies reported the previous year.
Federal law requires nursing homes to report and investigate any acts or reports of abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of residents. In this respect, St. Martha Manor failed to investigate a resident’s injury of unknown origin when a resident was sent to the hospital with leg swelling and pain and was diagnosed with a broken leg. The assistant director of nurses at the facility confirmed that no investigation of the injury was performed, and the injury was not reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Also, on several occasions, potentially dangerous medication errors were committed when the facility failed to administer medications in a timely manner.
Federal law also requires nursing homes provide the necessary care and services necessary for each resident to maintain the highest quality of life possible. The facility failed to provide necessary services to a resident with a seizure disorder, leading to recurrent and increasing seizures, some of which resulted in injuries. Laboratory results showed that anti-seizure medications were not given in high enough doses to control the seizures, and there was no change in anticonvulsant medications even though the resident continued to have seizures. With another resident suffering from cellulitis (infection of the leg), the staff failed to properly elevate the leg and even left the leg uncovered without a dressing. The resident had to be taken to the hospital because the infection worsened because the patient was allowed to touch the wound.
The nursing home is required to make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents. One survey revealed that two of the twenty four residents sampled failed to receive necessary assistance during transfers to prevent injury. One resident, who is dependent on staff for all activities of daily living, was supposed to be transferred with assistance to promote safety; however, after being transferred from bed to a chair, the resident fell and suffered a cut to the forehead requiring stitches. On another occasion, a resident wandered into the parking lot and attempted to exit the fenced area. While outside the facility, the resident cut his leg and injured his foot. During this incident, the door alarms failed to alert the staff of the resident’s movement. Additionally, on other occasions, the following accident hazards were reported: standing water, janitorial equipment left unsupervised and missing floor tiles.
The nursing home has an obligation to give residents proper treatment to prevent new pressures sores or heal existing pressure sores. Pressure sores (also known as bed sores, pressure ulcers or decubitus ulcers) are a very serious concern, especially for residents requiring prolonged bed rest, or with limited mobility and weakness. Nursing home staff must turn residents who are bed ridden or have prolonged bed rest often enough so blood can circulate to areas that are under pressure. The facility failed to follow a doctor’s order for treatment of pressure sores and also failed to provide pressure sore treatment on several dates.
Part of the nursing home’s obligation to protect its resident includes preventing resident elopement. The facility failed to do this when it allowed a resident to leave the facility undetected, leading to the resident being in immediate jeopardy and requiring the police to locate the missing resident. This elopement occurred because the resident was not properly monitored by staff even after being identified as an elopement risk.
The nursing home failed to provide an effective pest control program to prevent rodents from entering the building. Upon inspection, the surveyor observed a door in the laundry room with holes in which rodents could enter. Then, during a group meeting, it was confirmed that mice had been observed in the building and even in resident rooms.
St. Martha Manor failed to provide housekeeping and maintenance services necessary to maintain an orderly, sanitary, and comfortable interior as evidenced by unsanitary storage of care equipment and furnishings in poor condition. Also, in the central nursing supply, expired supplements were stored alongside supplement that was not expired. Additional supplies including Styrofoam cups were also stored on the floor in an unsanitary manner.
Furthermore, St. Martha Manor received only two out of five starts for its nursing home staffing. The nursing home provides less resident nurse hours per resident per day (53 minutes) than both the national average (1 hour 18 minutes) and the Illinois average (1 hour 12 minutes). The facility also provides less certified nurse aid hours per resident per day (1 hour 34 minutes) than both the national average (2 hours 18 minutes) and the Illinois average (2 hours).
The many health deficiencies and low staffing levels substantiate St. Martha Manor’s low Medicare rating. If your family member is a victim of poor care at St. Martha Manor, I would honor the opportunity to discuss your situation. As always, our legal services are completely free if there is no recovery for you. Speak to our experienced nursing home lawyers today. (800) 926-7565
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