Even with a long history of serious patient safety violations, Columbus Manor Residential Care Home on Chicago‘s West-side, continues to keep its doors open. Primarily a Medicaid (state) funded facility, Columbus Manor’s owners have fought tooth and nail to keep the facility in operation in spite of threats of funding termination for non-compliance with safety measures.
The communities, Austin Talks website, recently discussed how even with a series of uncorrected violations accumulated during inspections from The Illinois Department of Health over the summer months, Columbus Manor manages to remain open— long after it would appear to be permitted to do so under under the terms of the Medicaid program.
Nonetheless, Columbus Manor continues to apply for and receive ‘waivers’ from the state that extend the time allowed to correct various violations.
In fact, Columbus Manor Res Care Home has accumulated more than their fair share of health deficiencies discovered during various inspections at the facility. According to Medicare Nursing Home Compare, Columbus Manor has received 47 citations within a 14-month period (5/2010 through 7/2011). Many of the cited violations are deemed to pose “immediate jeopardy to resident health or safety” or were already acknowledged for causing “actual harm”.
Survey findings have acknowledged that Columbus Manor has failed to do the following during one or more surveys:
- Hire only people who have not legal history of abusing, neglecting or mistreating residents
- Report and investigate any acts or reports of reports of abuse, neglect or mistreatment of residents
- Protect each resident from all abuse, physical punishment, and being separated from others
- Protect residents from mistreatment, neglect and/or theft of their personal property
- Write and use policies that forbid mistreatment, neglect and abuse of residents and theft of residents’ property
- Give each resident care and services to get or keep them healthy and prevent dehydration
- Make sure that the nursing home area is free of dangers that cause accidents
- Administer care to each patient in a way that leads to the highest possible level of well being for each resident
- Keeping a group of people to review and ensure quality
While state and federal agencies evaluate the legal aspects of Columbus Manor’s ongoing operation, it is important for families to acknowledge this facilities past problems and remain committed to protecting their loved ones currently at the facility. Should an incident occur, it is crucial to both obtain medical care and to contact the state’s department of health so the incident can be properly investigated.
In addition, many incidents and injuries may give rise to a civil claim for damages against the facility. Should you chose to explore your legal options, Nursing Home Law Center LLC has experience investigating and litigating nursing home negligence cases. Our legal consultations remain free and confidential.
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