Anytime abuse, neglect or mistreatment is suspected, family members with a loved one in nursing facilities often feel frustrated and angry because the trust of the facility was violated. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a serious epidemic problem were millions of vulnerable seniors become victims of physical assault, financial exploitation, mistreatment or harm caused by negligence.
In fact, The Aurora, Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have seen a significant rise in the number of civil cases involving abuse, neglect and mistreatment occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
As a suburban city located on the outskirts of the Chicago metropolitan area, Aurora Illinois has more than 200,000 residents of which more than 13,000 of them are 65 years and older. The number of senior citizens has risen significantly over the last few decades in direct proportion to the greater number of baby boomers entering their retirement age every year.
However, the significant rise of elders in the Aurora community has placed a substantial burden on nursing facilities given the responsibility to provide health and hygiene care to seniors. As a result, there has been a noticeable increase of incidences in nursing facilities involving unacceptable behavior by the nursing staff.
Aurora Nursing Home Resident Health Concerns
Serious health concerns occurring in nursing facilities are hardly a secret. In recent years, the federal and state governments through Medicare and Medicaid have attempted to overhaul many of their requirements that have been proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Even so, many facilities remain noncompliant. As a result, many residents are victimized by the system where their rights to dignity and respect are stripped away.
In an effort to minimize the pain and suffering of nursing home residents abuse or neglected, our Aurora elder abuse attorneys continuously review facts and statistics of nursing facilities throughout Illinois. We publish opened investigations, filed complaints and health concerns involving nursing homes in an effort to inform families with loved ones requiring professional skilled nursing services. This information is gathered from many national and state databases including Medicare.gov.
Illinois Nursing Home Negligence Lawsuit Information
Our attorneys have compiled data from reported settlements and jury verdicts from across Illinois to give you an idea of what your case may be worth in a civil law context. We have broken down these cases according to case type and patient injury. Learn more about these Illinois nursing home lawsuit settlements below:
- Medical Error Settlements
- Inadequate Care Settlements
- Bed Sore Settlements
- Fall Settlements
- Nursing Home Abuse Settlements
Comparing Aurora Area Nursing Homes
The detailed list below outlines many of the health concerns in nursing facilities in the Aurora area reviewed by our Kane County nursing home lawyers. Every nursing home listed below currently maintains one star out of five possible stars. Our law firm has detailed the publicly available information and our primary concerns in serious cases involving neglect, mistreatment, abuse or problems occurring in the nursing home.
PARAMOUNT OAK PARK REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER
625 North Harlem
Oak Park, IL 60302
A “For-Profit” 204-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Maintain Standard Infection Control Practices to Ensure That the Facility Remains as Sterile as Possible
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/22/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “maintain standard infection control practices for storage of sterile supplies in central supply, storage of resident’s personal items and transportation of dishes and trash.” This failure “has the potential to affect all 156 residents residing in the facility.”
The deficient practice was noted at the state surveyor conducted in 10/20/2015 Environmental Tour with the Facility’s Maintenance Supervisor. The surveyor noted in the Central Supply storage room that a brown box containing 26 small boxes of sterile trachea care sets were seen “open and sitting on the floor. three brown boxes, each containing 10 small boxes that had 13 count each of size 16 catheters were opened and stored on the floor.”
Additionally, the state surveyor observed in the Central Supply storage room “one open brown box of approximately 20, large-size bulb syringes stored on the floor. One open brown box containing 13 blood glucometers stored on the floor, plus 2 glucometers lying directly on the floor. One open brown box containing suction canisters stored on the floor.”
As a part of the Environmental Tour continuing to the second floor dining room, the state surveyor noticed “there were two bags of trash observe sitting on the floor.” When the facility’s Dietary Aide “entered the dining room pushing a cart with baking pans and two water pitchers on top of the baking pans [the Dietary Aide] took the water pitchers, place them on the floor, and picked up the trash and place them on top of the baking pans. Then took the pitchers from the floor and placed them on to the bottom of the cart. When asked if this was routine practice, [the Dietary Aide] replied we clean them when we take them to the kitchen.”
A tour of the facility with a Licensed Practical Nurse on 10/19/2015 at approximately 10:30 AM, the state surveyor observed a washbasin and a bottle of shampoo/body wash, both unlabeled was observed stored on the bathroom floor in [a resident’s room], which is a multi-resident room.”
The state surveyor then conducted in 10/22/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated “items should not be stored in the floor, trash should not be transported with dishes and all residents’ personal items should be labeled.”
COURTYARD HEALTH CARE CENTER
3601 South Harlem Avenue
Berwyn, IL 60402
A “For-Profit” 145-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Ensure Residents Are Not Injured from an Avoidable Accident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/10/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to “follow the plan of care to utilize the mechanical lift and two-person assist to transfer [the resident at the facility].”
The complaint investigation was initiated after a review of the Courtyard Health Care Center’s 08/30/2015 Incident Reports revealing that a resident “was transferred from her wheelchair to the bed by [a facility Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). [The CNA] picked up [the resident] from the wheelchair [as the resident] slid from her hands and fell to the floor mat on the floor next to the bed. [The CNA] requested help by staff and [the resident] was placed in bed […and] did not sustain injury.”
The state surveyor conducted a full review of the resident’s 06/18/2015 MDS (Minimum Data Set) that states the resident “is to receive two-person physical assist to transfer. A review of the resident’s 04/15/2015 Care Plan reveals that the resident “is to be provided total assist of two for transfer with mechanical lift.”
The state surveyor conducted interview with the resident who stated “a nurse’s aide tried to transfer her from her wheelchair to the bed [and the 8] lost grip and she fell to the floor. Another staff came and assisted the nurse aide assist her to bed.”
The state surveyor conducted in 08/09/2015 interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing who stated that the CNA “was supposed to use a mechanical lift with another staff to transfer [the resident] from her wheelchair to her bed […and] should have referred to the wall computer for Care Plan direction before attempting to transfer the resident.” The Director of Nursing stated the CNA and all Certified Nurses’ Aides “will be in-serviced on proper transfer techniques.”
BALLARD RESPIRATORY AND REHABILITATION HEALTH CARE CENTER
9300 Ballard Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016
A “For-Profit” 231-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents Minimum Treatment to Allow Existing Bedsores to Heal or Prevent New Bedsores from Developing
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/08/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for multiple failures that include:
“apply pressure relief devices,
keep resident skin clean and dry as much as possible,
rotate resident for relief of pressure on bony prominences,
track and monitor resident for pressure ulcer development,
assess the reason why resident developed a pressure ulcer and
implement interventions to prevent further development, follow physician’s orders.”
This deficient practice affected three residents at the facility “reviewed for care and treatment.” The failure by the nursing staff resulted in two residents acquiring “pressure ulcer development. [One resident] developed multiple deep tissue injuries and pressure sores to the feet [while the other resident] acquired five pressure sores while at the facility.”
The complaint investigation was initiated in part after a review of an 08/13/2015 Assessment for Determining Pressure Sore Risk report denoting that the first resident “was at high risk for development of a pressure ulcer.” The resident’s Face Sheet list of the resident’s physical condition noting that the resident “requires extensive assistance with ADLs (Activities of Daily Living).”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 04/24/2015 Emergency Department Documentation Progress Notes that revealed that the resident was sent to the emergency department two weeks prior as a family request because of “bilateral foot pressure ulcers. Per family, patient is approximately six foot seven inches and feet were pressed up against the bed. Patient subsequently developed pressure sores on the bottom of his feet.” The hospital note stated that the chief complaints involved “discolored toes”. A physical examination performed at the hospital showed the resident’s skin “blistering along the plantar surface and lateral edges of feet bilaterally, right appears to have slight hemorrhage of a blister, left is without.” Additional notes show that the individual has “poor pulses particularly on right foot which raises concern for possible arterial insufficiency as an etiology.”
Upon observation on 08/27/2015 at 1:37 PM by the state surveyor, the resident was noted as “lying in bed, his heels were elevated with pillow. [The resident’s] head of bed and knees were noted to be elevated.” The surveyor requested that the Treatment Nurse “reposition the foot of the bed to be flat, as [the Treatment Nurse] proceeded to lower the bed [the resident’s] left great toe touch the footboard [before the bed was anywhere near flat].” The Treatment Nurse stated “I think he needs an extender on his bed. I mentioned it to Environmental Services.” The “surveyor inquired when the request for the extender transpired [and the nurse responded] ‘this morning’.”
The state surveyor noted that the “resident’s left foot had a reddened area (Deep Tissue Injury/DTI) on the first, third and fifth toe […and the resident’s] right foot had dried blood beneath the skin (reddish black in color) on the fourth and fifth toes.”
The state surveyor conducted a 11/03/2015 10:35 AM interview with the Registered Nurse in charge of providing care to the resident who indicated she “checked with the CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) regarding repositioning every two hours. It was pressure applying to bed, they remove the footboard. Inquired if the CNA reported [the resident’s] skin integrity impairments [and the Registered Nurse replied] ‘No one else but the family told me anything about that’.”
Our Des Plaines nursing home neglect attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols to treat and heal existing bedsores might cause the resident additional harm or injury. The deficient practices of Ballard Respiratory and Rehabilitation Health Care Center might be considered mistreatment or negligence because the nursing staff failed to follow regulated policies. This includes the facility’s 07/30/2014 policy titled: Etiology of the Wound Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“It is the policy of this facility to provide an aggressive skin care program following guidelines of current standards of practice. Management will be based upon ideology of the wound. Procedure: Pressure Ulcers; a pressure ulcer is a lesion caused by unrelieved pressure that results in damage to underlying tissues.”
Stopping the Abuse and Neglect of Aurora Nursing Home Patients
Statistics show that individuals residing in nursing facilities are at an increased risk of being a victim of potential harm or injury at the hands of caregivers and other residents. Disproportionately, women tend to suffer more from an abuse and neglect and often suffer significantly more psychological and physical damage from even a minor incident. In addition, individuals at greater risk tend to be those considered to be socially isolated or needing a high level of assistance with activities of daily living including bathing, dressing, eating, toileting and walking or those with disabilities or substance abuse issues.
If you suspect your loved one is being harmed, abuse, mistreated or neglected while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, it is up to you to take every step possible immediately. Speak with the administrator, Director of nursing, other nursing staff, Adult Protective Services and or an attorney. Hiring a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases can ensure that every legal option available is taken. Having a lawyer on your side can minimize the potential harm now and in the future.
You Can Afford a Lawyer to Prosecute an Aurora Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit
The Aurora nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many victims of nursing home neglect and abuse throughout Illinois. Our Illinois team of dedicated knowledgeable attorneys provides legal representation in victim cases involving neglect and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Kane County, Cook County and the Chicago metropolitan area.
We urge you to make contact with our Aurora elder abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757. By scheduling an appointment, you can speak with one of our skilled attorneys for a full case review. We handle all cases of abuse, neglect and mistreatment through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we when a successful jury award in a lawsuit trial or negotiate on your behalf for an acceptable amount in an out of settlement.
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