Any unsafe condition in a nursing facility can cause serious harm, injuries or death of elderly or chronically ill residents. Many of the most serious accidents involve falls or exposure to dangerous conditions. In many incidences, the injury was preventable had the nursing staff received extensive training and followed safety systems known to minimize the potential risks of injuries caused to the residents.
Nursing home residents suffer injuries at a much higher rate compared to the general elderly population. More than 5000 nursing home patients lose their lives every year caused by negligence or abuse. This is because these individuals tend to suffer with walking problems due to muscle weakness or are heavily medicated or even overmedicated with antipsychotics, sedatives and anti-anxiety medication. Other times, poorly designed facilities with narrow stairs, improper lighting or slippery floor surfaces make safety more challenging for the elderly individual.
Our legal team serves as a legal advocate for nursing facility residents all throughout Illinois. We publish current data involving safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations involving nursing homes and assisted living centers statewide. In many incidences, this data is used by families placing a loved one in a nursing home who needs extensive assistance with their hygiene and health requirements.
Alden Park Strathmoor
Alden Park Strathmoor is a 189-bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing health solutions services to the residents of Winnebago County, including Rockford, Illinois. The home is located at:
5668 Strathmoor Dr.
Rockford, IL 61107
In addition to skilled nursing services, the health care center also provides rehabilitation solutions involving orthopedics, cardiac, neurological and pulmonary health issues along with therapy services, memory care and post-acute care.
Rehabilitation Center Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the federal government through its website www.Medicare.gov posts the most current comparative information using a star rating summary system to evaluate different nursing homes and assisted living facilities nationwide. Currently, Alden Park Strathmoor maintains an overall three out of five stars summary rating compared to other facilities in the U.S. This average rating of the facility includes two out of five stars for staffing and three out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures.
The Rockford Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers note that there are numerous opened investigations and complaints filed against Alden Park Strathmoor Rehab and Health Care Center that include:
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/29/2014, a complaint investigation was opened involving the facility’s failure “to safely transfer three residents needing staff assistance.” This investigation is in response to three separate incidences where the nursing staff failed to use required extensive physical assist on residents needing help for transfers.
In one incident, the resident was observed with one leg that “was red and swollen.” The registered nurse on duty contacted the facility’s wound nurse “to assess and give her opinion.” The resident was placed on antibiotics but was later found to have “a fracture” that was thought to have occurred “during transfers.” It was noted that there was a failure to use “proper equipment, gate belts, mechanical lifts.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/28/2010, a complaint investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to provide safety and supervision for residents when being toileting.” This investigation is in response to a CNA (certified nursing assistant) assisting a resident “to the bathroom” who was “asked when done to use the call light.” It was noted that the resident instead “self-transferred, was standing up, tried to turn around to flush the toilet but when [the resident] went to grab the handrail he missed it and fell.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been seriously injured through an accident, neglect or abuse at any health care center in Illinois, including Alden Park Strathmoor, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our legal team of dedicated attorneys can immediately intervene on your behalf to ensure your health and well-being. In addition, we can take legal steps to help you obtain the financial recompense you deserve while holding those responsible for your harm accountable.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your initial, no-obligation free consultation to evaluate your case. We accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you are provided immediate legal representation without the need of paying us an upfront fee.