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Park View Rehab Center Abuse and Neglect Attorneys
Many families entrust the management of health services and hygiene assistance of a loved one to a nursing home staff to ensure they receive the best care. Unfortunately, neglect, mistreatment, and abuse still occur at an alarming rate and nursing homes nationwide. Mistreatment is often the result of a lack of sufficient staffing, facility mismanagement, or poor hiring practices that employ abusive caregivers.
If you suspect that your loved one has been mistreated while residing in a Cook County nursing home, contact the Illinois Nursing Home Law Center attorneys for immediate legal intervention. Our team of Chicago nursing home lawyers has represented many nursing home residents who were harmed just like you. Let us begin working on your case now to ensure that your family receives adequate financial compensation to recover your monetary damages. Our attorneys will use the law to hold those responsible for the harm legally accountable.
Park View Rehab Center
This long-term care (LTC) home is a "for profit" 128-certified bed center providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
5888 North Ridge
Chicago, Illinois, 60660
in addition to providing 24/7 skilled nursing care, Park View Rehabilitation Center offers other services including:
- Intravenous (IV) therapy
- Gastronomy tube care
- Rehabilitative services
- Respite care
- Hospice care
- Palliative care
- Cardiac care
- Wound care
Financial Penalties and Violations
Both the state of Illinois and federal agencies penalize nursing homes by denying reimbursement payments from Medicare or imposing monetary fines anytime the facility is cited for a serious violation of established regulations that harm or could harm residents.
Within the last three years, Park View Rehab Center has received fourteen formally filed complaints that resulted in citations due to substandard care. Additional documentation about penalties and fines can be reviewed on the Illinois Department of Public Health Nursing Home Reporting Website concerning this nursing facility.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Information on every intermediate and long-term care home in the state can be reviewed on government-owned and operated database sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov. These regulatory agencies routinely update the comprehensive list of incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, health violations, safety concerns, and opened investigations on facilities statewide.
According to Medicare, the facility maintains an overall rating of one out of five stars, including one out of five stars concerning health inspections, one out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. The Cook County neglect attorneys at Nursing Home Law Center have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at Park View Rehab Center that include:
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent New Bedsores or Heal Existing Pressure Sores
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
- Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Protection and Control Program
- Failure to Ensure Handrails Are Securely Fastened on Each Side of the Hallways
- Failure to Ensure Services Provided by the Nursing Facility Meet Professional Standards of Quality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 14, 2017, the state surveyors documented that the facility had failed to “follow its policy and procedure and ensure repositioning every two hours.” The nursing home “also failed to ensure that a low air loss mattress was functioning properly and failed to ensure that an air mattress was not double padded with linens.”
The investigators say that “these deficient practices affected one resident of two residents reviewed for pressure ulcers.” During the investigation, the Wound Care Nurse said that the resident’s “wound is facility-acquired.”
The survey team reviewed the resident’s Treatment Nurse Initial Skin Alteration Review dated August 31, 2017, that reads in part: “left buttock -- Stage II with a date of onset of August 31, 2017. Pressure injury measuring 2.0 cm x 1.8 cm which was facility-acquired.”
The document also lists predisposing factors of the resident’s condition including “urinary incontinence, immobility and that [the resident] is totally dependent on turning/repositioning.” The Preventative Measures/Modifications included “pressure reduction mattress and reposition every two hours and as needed.”
The survey team observed the resident “lying in bed with a mattress deflated around him” on the morning of September 11, 2017. The following morning “during the medication pass with [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), the resident] was lying in bed with the mattress deflated around him.” The surveyors asked the LPN “what was wrong with the mattress.” The LPN responded, “I know. Air losing. Needs to pump it up more. He’s sinking in the bed. I will have to call maintenance. There is a hole noted at the foot of the mattress.”
The surveyor “held her right hand over the hole and noted air is leaking from the hole.” The surveyor saw the same mattress the following morning on September 13, 2017, that “was still leaking air.”
Ten minutes later, the surveyors observed the resident “up in a recliner chair in the day room, leaning toward his right side.” More than an hour later, the resident “remained in the same position.” Approximately one hour after, the resident “remained in the same position.”
Approximately twenty-five minutes later, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “confirmed that [the resident] had not been repositioned by stating, ‘I have not had to repositioned [the patient] or change him since he has been in the day room.’” The CNA said that the resident “is here because he has a feeder. We will get him back to bed after lunch.” The surveyor noted that the resident “was not returned to his room or repositioned until 1:00 PM.”
At 1:20 PM that afternoon, the resident “was lying in bed with the mattress deflated around him [and] had a thin sheet and a thick incontinence pad underneath him.” Fifteen minutes later, the Wound Care Nurse said, “we can put a thin sheet or a thick incontinent pad under him, but not both. That is double padding.”
The survey team interviewed the Customer Service Representative the next day on September 14, 2017, who said, “a low air loss mattress is being used for wounds on the bottom (buttocks), it relieves pressure. If there is a hole in the mattress, it will affect the functionality of the mattress. [A hole] defeats the purpose. Not keeping air in there, it can affect the wound — decrease air circulation. We do not recommend a sheet. Again, it will affect the air circulation.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 14, 2017, the state investigators documented that the facility had failed to “provide a safe environment related to improper storage of a bleach cleaning agent.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved two residents “reviewed for accidents and supervision” and another two residents “in the supplemental sample.”
The state survey team conducted an initial tour of the facility with a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) on the morning of September 11, 2017, and found “an open container of 21 ounces of powdered bleach cleanser” that had been “placed on the grab bar inside [the bathroom shared by four residents. The LPN “was asked about the cleanser” and said, “it must be from housekeeping. It should not be kept here.”
The surveyors reviewed the Screening Assessment for Evaluation Self-Harm/Suicide Risk dated August 20, 2017. The screening assessment shows that a resident “self-reported attempted suicide in the past.” Similarly, a subsequent Screening Assessment dated June 14, 2017, reveals that a different resident “also had a history of suicidal ideation [thoughts of suicide] and attempted years ago.”
Just before noon on September 13, 2017, a different LPN was interviewed regarding the residents who share a bathroom where the chemical bleach cleaning agent was found. The LPN said that all four residents “are ambulatory and can go to the bathroom independently. [One resident] uses a wheelchair and needs assistance. [Two other residents] have a history of suicidal ideation [though they] are not suicidal.”
The LPN also said “we monitor rooms every hour, check the room including bathrooms for any hazards that could harm themselves. We monitor their behavior and report any changes. Sharp objects, chemicals, detergents need to be removed from the room or bathroom. All staff in the unit are responsible [for checking] the rooms.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated September 14, 2017, a surveyor noted the nursing home's failure to “ensure that the staff performs hand hygiene according to the facility policy during the medication pass task.” the nursing home “also failed to ensure it that contract staff performs hand hygiene [before] performing invasive procedures.”
The nursing facility also “failed to ensure that resident care items were stored in a sanitary manner. These deficient practices affected one of fourteen residents reviewed for infection control and five residents in the supplemental sample.”
The state surveyors observed a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) performing a medication pass task while preparing a resident’s “medications that were given via gastronomy tube.” The LPN entered the patient’s “room and stated, ‘I just have to wash my hands really quickly.’ The LPN “washed her hands for a total of three seconds before applying gloves and handling [the resident’s gastronomy tube].”
After the LPN had administered the resident’s medications, she “washed her hands for two seconds [then] applied gloves to administer [the resident’s medication] nasal spray. Before leaving [the resident’s] room, the [LPN] washed her hands with water only [and] did not reach for the soap dispenser.”
In a summary statement of deficiency dated September 14, 2017, the nursing home had “failed to firmly secure handrails in the hallways on all floors in the facility. This failure has the potential to affect three of three floors in the facility.”
The survey team conducted an environmental tour with the facility Maintenance Supervisor and found “that handrails situated across the dining area and adjacent to the water fountain were loosely detached from the wall. The handrail outside Room 113 was also loose. Between residents’ closet number 4 and outside Room 109, the handrail is loose.”
The investigators also found “between residents’ closet number five and outside Room 112, a very loose handrail was also observed.” On the second floor, “the handrail situated between residents’ closet number 2 and outside Room 208 was observed loose and not completely affixed to the wall.” A handrail “situated outside room 313 was loose and wobbly.”
The Maintenance Director said regarding the handrails that “the residents do their exercises using these handrails, that is why they are loose and wobbly. I usually fix the loose handrails every week, on a Monday, and every day.” The surveyor said that “there was no policy presented by the facility addressing handrails.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated June 22, 2018, the state survey team noted that the nursing home had “failed to follow its medication administration policy by not following the medication administration time. This failure affected [one resident].”
The surveyor noted that a resident “at the nursing station was asking for her morning medications” at 10:30 AM on June 19, 2018. The resident “stated, ‘I am waiting for my nine o’clock medications. This happens a lot depending on who is the nurse.’” The surveyor said that the resident is “alert and oriented to self, date, and place.”
As a part of the investigation, the surveyors interviewed in Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) who said “I have not given all the resident their morning medications yet, I am the Restorative Nurse, I do not normally pass medications, the regular nurse is not here today. The morning medications are supposed to be given at 9:00 AM.”
The investigators interviewed the Facility Director of Nursing the next day who said “morning medication should be given at 9:00 AM, but we are allowed to give medications one hour before or after 9:00 AM. By reviewing this resident’s medication orders, all her morning medications are important and should have been given an hour before or after 9:00 AM.” The investigators reviewed the facility’s policy titled: Medication Administration that reads in part: “Medication Times: Starting 7:00 AM shift, daily 9:00 AM.”
Are You the Victim of Abuse and Neglect at Park View Rehab Center? We Can Help
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