Elder abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities is a serious problem in the United States. While physical assault is the most obvious kind of abuse on the elderly, emotional and mental abuse are most common, where residents are victimized by the nursing staff or other residents in the facility. In fact, The Naperville nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC handled many cases of abuse, neglect and mistreatment and have seen a significant rise in the total number of neglect cases involving the elderly throughout Illinois.
Out of the nearly 147,000 individuals residing in Naperville, approximately 12,000 of those residents are senior citizens, many of them living in nursing facilities in the community. That number almost doubles when the number of retirees living in all of Kane and DuPage County are counted.
Naperville Nursing Home Resident Health Concerns
Many elderly residents in nursing facilities are victims of emotional and psychological abuse that occurs verbally and nonverbally in various ways. Some of these include:
- The elderly individual is ridiculed or humiliated
- The elder is the victim of scapegoating, habitual blaming or demeaning behavior
- The senior is ignored by others including caregivers
- The elder resident is menaced or terrorized by others in the facility
- The elder is isolated from friends and social activities
- The elder individual is intimidated through aggressive yelling and threatening behavior
Many stories involving elder neglect are horrifying, where residents are left in soiled diapers, wet sheets and dirty clothing because previous shifts were understaffed, overworked or uncaring.
Our Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have served as legal representatives for many victims of nursing home neglect and abuse in nursing facilities all throughout Illinois. To assist families, our Naperville elder abuse lawyers continuously compile lists of nursing facilities in the Kane and DuPage County area. We outline many health concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints occurring in nursing homes. This information is gathered through state and federal databases including Medicare.gov.
Comparing Naperville Area Nursing Facilities
The list below details publicly available information on nursing facilities in the Naperville community that currently maintain a below average rating according to national statistics. Many of these facilities have serious health concerns in providing an acceptable standard of care. Families often use this information before placing a loved one in the hands of skilled nursing care givers.
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
ALDEN WENTWORTH REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER
201 West 69th Street
Chicago, IL 60621
A “For-Profit” 300-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Provide Residents Proper Care and Treatment of Existing Pressure Sores and Prevent the Development of New Pressure Sores
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/09/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility’s failure to “provide wound care according to [the facility’s] policy.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The deficient practice was noted after an 04/08/2015 10:20 AM observation of a resident receiving wound care treatment. The resident was “lying on her right side in her bed [when the Wound Care Nurse] unfastened [the resident’s] incontinence brief and remove the dressing from the buttocks to begin the treatment, with the soiled incontinent brief remaining underneath the wound. [The resident] was supported on her side by [a Certified Nursing Assistant, when the Wound Care Nurse] began cleaning the wound with cleansing solution.” While the Wound Care Nurse was away from the bedside, the resident “began rocking back and forth into the soiled incontinent brief.” The wound began bleeding as it was wiped causing the Wound Nurse to ask “Would you like anything for pain?” The resident responded “I am tired of pain pills.” The Wound Nurse did not provide “alternative pain remedies and continued on with the wound treatment without [the resident’s] pain being adequately controlled.”
The state surveyor conducted on 04/08/2015 10:00 AM interview with the Wound Nurse who stated “the wound was acquired here, and healed before, but the wound reopened in December 2014. The wound was not avoidable due to the resident having vascular issues and declining from eating independently to needing to be fed.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys recognize the failing to follow protocols when providing treatment to a facility-acquired pressure sore might cause the resident additional harm. The deficient practice of the nursing staff at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center might be considered negligence or mistreatment because it violates the facility’s adopted policies, including the February 2010 policy titled: Non-Sterile Dressing Change. These policies read in part:
“Continually monitor resident throughout procedure for response to interventions and any episodes of pain.”
“Clean and’s aseptic technique should be used with basic wound care.”
BELHAVEN NURSING and REHABILITATION AND HEALTH CARE CENTER
11401 South Oakley Avenue
Chicago, IL 60643
A “For-Profit” 221-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 Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “implement care plan interventions for fall precautions and [a failure] to use a mechanical lift for transfer of three residents” at the facility “reviewed for falls.”
The complaint investigation was initiated in part after an 04/20/2015 observation of a resident’s transferred method posted above her bed [noting a two-person mechanical lift is required for transfer].” Additional reviews of the resident’s 02/11/2015 Restorative Transfer in Bed Mobility/Limited List Review indicated the resident “requires a mechanical lift for transfers. In addition, the resident’s 02/14/2015 Transfer Needs Care Plan “includes the intervention that [the resident] will be transferred with a two-person transfer using a mechanical lift or when using a sit to stand with a sling.”
The Registered Nurse in charge of providing the resident care stated on 04/20/2015 at 11:59 AM, “that he discovered [the resident] on the floor near the window next to her bed on 04/10/2015.” The Registered Nurse then stated “he does not know how [the resident] fell to the floor [and that the resident’s] bed was in the lowest position and after an assessment [the resident] was placed back in bed using a draw sheet with two person assist method.” The Registered Nurse stated that the resident “requires a mechanical lift but due to lack of space, the mechanical lift could not be used […and] stated it was safer to remove [the resident] from the floor to the bed using a draw sheet.”
In a separate incident involving another resident at the facility, and observation of the resident was made by the state surveyor on 04/20/2015 at 9:00 AM where the resident was “sitting in the wheelchair in the dining room [when the resident] stated she knows that she fell but could not explain how, why or when she fell.”
In a third incident found in a resident’s 02/27/2015 Incident Report indicates that the third resident “reported that he felt returning from the bathroom [… and] that [the resident] was back in bed and the bed alarm was not sounding at the time of the assessment.” The report “also indicates that it was unknown whether the bed alarm sounded while [the resident] was out of bed.”
An interview conducted by the state surveyor with the facility’s Restorative Nurse on 04/20/2015 at 1:40 PM indicate that “the bed alarms are checked by the Restorative Aides and Certified Nursing Assistants.
Our Chicago elder abuse attorneys recognize that any failure to follow protocols and policies to minimize the potential of residents falling at the facility could cause additional harm or injuries. The deficient practices by the nursing staff at Belhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Health Care Center might be considered mistreatment or neglect because their actions do not follow policies adopted by the facility, especially the policy titled Accident Incident Reporting that reads in part:
“Based on the results of the investigation, the resident care plan is revise as necessary to prevent or minimize further accident/incidents when possible.”
CALIFORNIA GARDENS Nursing and REHABILITATION Center
2829 South California Blvd
Chicago, IL 60608
A “For-Profit” 297-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility
Overall Rating – 1 out of 5 possible stars
Primary Concerns –
Failure to Follow Protocols and Investigate the Root Cause of a Resident Falling and Suffering Injury While at the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/09/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to “investigate the root cause of the fall and put appropriate interventions to prevent further falls.” This deficient practice affected one resident at the facility.”
The California Gardens Nursing and Rehabilitation’s 11/24/2014 Progress Note reveals that a resident was admitted to the facility with a high indication of being at risk for a fall.
The following day, the facility’s Progress Note documents at 7:50 AM, the resident “was found sitting on the floor [where the resident] told staff that she had gotten out of bed to change her incontinent brief. After the fall, if that alarm was initiated and staff was to teach and encourage [the resident] about safety awareness.” However, the state surveyor conducted a review of the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) indicating the resident “is moderately cognitively impaired.”
Later that afternoon, and updated Progress Note titled “Follow up Note” written by the facility’s PRSC (Psychiatric Rehabilitative Service Coordinator) stated that the resident’s family members “make the facility staff aware of [the resident’s] behavior of trying to get up by herself from bed […and] further stated that the facility staff should be monitoring [the resident].” The note said nothing about [the resident’s] DX of epilepsy with recurrent seizures, which could cause a fall.”
The 12/17/2014 11:10 PM Occurrence Record stated that the resident “suffered a fall with injury […and] was taken to the emergency room where she was treated for [her injuries].”
The state surveyor conducted a telephone interview on 04/01/2015 at 11 AM with the nurse in charge of providing care to the resident. That nurse reported their first observation of the resident “at the bathroom sink washing out some personal items [stating] later he had to push the wheelchair out of the way to gain access to the room [when he noticed the resident] was on the floor of her room bleeding from the back of her head.”
A review of the 12/17/2014 Occurrence Report indicates that recommendations were made “to monitor every 30 minutes while in bed and educate [the resident] on asking for assistance. There is no investigation of the cause of the [resident’s] fall while she was out of the bed.” The resident “was transferred to the emergency room and admitted to the hospital. The Occurrence Report for this fall does not include an investigation of the cause of the fall.”
The Signs and Symptoms of Elder Emotional Abuse
Many elderly residents in nursing facilities display one or more of the following disturbing behaviors that are often an indicator of emotional abuse. These behaviors include:
- Appearing scared, disturbed or hopeless
- Displaying a desire to hurt another or their self
- Avoiding eye contact with specific caregivers, family members or other residents
- Low self-esteem
- Displaying a sudden unexpected mood swing
- A significant change in eating and sleeping patterns
- Displaying signs of depression, withdrawal or shyness when previously outgoing
- Indicators that the resident is prevented from joining in social interactions and activities
- Signs that the resident is prevented from calling, speaking or seeing other individuals
- Indicators that the resident is prevented from making decisions on their own
If you suspect your elderly loved one has been emotionally, psychologically, physically, mentally or sexually abuse, it is crucial to report your suspicions immediately. Contact government officials, the facility’s Administrator and the Director of Nursing. Speak with an attorney who specializes in nursing home abuse cases. With an attorney on your side, you can take various legal steps to remove your loved one from the facility or bring a medical team of specialists into the nursing home to provide quality care immediately.
Can I Afford a Lawyer to Represent Me in a Napervile Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit?
If you your loved one has been neglected or abused while residing in a nursing facility, you can get help to stop the mistreatment immediately. The Naperville nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide numerous legal remedies and take appropriate actions including contacting legal authorities on behalf of your family. Our Illinois team of dedicated qualified lawyers represents clients with cases involving neglect, mistreatment and abuse happening in nursing facilities throughout Kane and DuPage County.
Schedule your free, no obligation full case review today by calling our Chicago area elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. We handle all nursing home abuse, personal injury and wrongful death cases through contingency fee agreements. This means all of your legal fees are provided immediately without an upfront fee. All information you share with our attorneys remains confidential.
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