For many families, placing a loved one in a nursing facility is the only viable option to ensure the sick, elder or disabled individual receives quality care in a safe environment. Unfortunately, a mismanaged nursing facility staffed with untrained or unqualified professionals can cause more harm than good. The Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers understand that bedsores (pressure sores, decubitus ulcers, pressure ulcers) are often a sign of a neglected resident in a nursing facility.
Our law firm serves as a legal advocate for injured victims and nursing facilities all throughout Illinois. We post current publicly available information detailing safety concerns of Illinois assisted living facilities, nursing homes and healthcare centers. This data can assist every family member when choosing the safest health care environment for a parent, grandparent, spouse or child needing nursing facilities.
Alden Estates of Evanston
Alden Estates of Evanston is a 99-bed nursing facility that provides post-acute care, short-term rehabilitation and transitional care to residents of Evanston and Cook County Illinois. It is located at:
2520 Gross Point Rd.
Evanston, IL 60201
The facility provides numerous rehabilitation and therapy services that include:
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Therapy services including physical, occupational and speech therapy
Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
Every year, the federal government releases a star rating summary on every nursing facility nationwide. Currently, Alden Estates of Evanston maintains a five out of five star rating (much above average) when compared to other nursing facilities in the United States. This includes a three out of five star rating for staffing and a five out of five star rating for both health inspections and quality measures.
However, the Evanston nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints and concerns involving Alden Estates of Evanston. These concerns were filed during Annual Certification and Licensure surveys handled by state and federal inspectors and surveyors. They include:
- Failure to Provide Medical Care to Rule out Gangrene in Residence with Bedsores:
n a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/20/2012, a surveyor noted that “the facility failed to provide medical care to rule out gangrene in [a resident] and failed to have dietary interventions for two [other residents who were] reviewed for pressure sores.
In one case, it was noted that a resident’s right heel pressure sore was “not healing and getting worse” and that the “wound was black with gray around the edges which could be a sign of gangrene.” A member of the facility’s medical staff “stated that further assessments are needed to get a definitive diagnosis of gangrene.” The resident was sent to the emergency room for an evaluation of “possible gangrene, but that group of surgeons was not working that day.” Instead of ruling out gangrene, the resident was just sent back “to the facility the same day with a diagnosis of Osteomyelitis.”
- Failure to Apply Wound Dressings Appropriately According to a Physician’s Order:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/23/2010, a surveyor noted that “the facility failed to properly document the wound dressing dates for the sacral and right buttocks wounds on [a resident]. This notation is in response that the nursing staff inappropriately applied wound dressings and “change the sacral wound dressing on 12/19/10 but did not change the buttocks wound dressing. However, during the wound treatment observation on 12/22/10, there was only one dressing for both the sacral and buttocks wounds which was dated 12/18/10.”
Evanston Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or a loved one, have been injured, harmed or abused while residing in a nursing facility, including Alden Estates of Evanston, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our experienced legal team of Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys can take immediate steps to stop the illegal practice of the nursing staff and/or facility.
Our law firm accepts neglect and abuse cases involving any nursing facility or hospital in Illinois on a contingency fee basis. This means you will receive immediate legal representation without the need of paying any retainer or upfront fee. We urge you to call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 or contact us now through our online chat rooms to schedule your free, no obligation initial consultation to discuss your case.