The medical teams working in nursing facilities are often challenged when looking for indicators of pain and what a resident expresses or says, especially residents suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In many incidences, the pain experienced by the aging resident goes undertreated, unnoticed or ignored. In fact, the Hoffman Estates elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered ongoing harm caused by the neglectful actions of their caregivers.
Unfortunately, many nursing facilities presume that pain is just a part of the aging process. However, many levels of pain can be overwhelming and exhausting leaving the resident with ongoing side effects and a diminished quality of life. Without proper supervision, ongoing monitoring and effective plan of care to treat the pain, it can diminish the resident’s health.
Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center
Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is a post-hospital care 217-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating rehabilitation center providing services to residents of Hoffman Estates and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1545 Barrington Road
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60169
In addition to providing speech, occupational, and physical therapies, Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center also provides orthopedics, cardiac, neurological, and pulmonary recovery services.
Hoffman Estates Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases in an effort to reflect the most currently available information on opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints involving homes nationwide. The updated information is then published online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov and used by families in an effort to choose the best location to place a loved one who requires the highest level of quality care.
Currently, Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system, which is below average compared to other facilities in the United States. Our Hoffman Estates nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Services and Care to Ensure They Maintain Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "comprehensively assess the possible cause and implement individualized interventions to manage and control a resident’s pain.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first noted at 10:10 AM on 09/16/2015 upon observation of a resident who “was lying in bed, alert and oriented.” During an interview, the resident stated that they “had not been up out of bed since last week because it is so uncomfortable to be up in the wheelchair.” The resident indicated that “she is having a lot of pain and that if she [the resident] could get it under control, she could be transferred (using the total body lift) into a wheelchair.” The resident indicated that “sitting in her high-back wheelchair is painful.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing at 3:20 PM on 09/17/2015, who stated that they “are aware of [the resident’s] complaints of pain when up in the wheelchair [...and] that the chair is uncomfortable for [the resident] and she does not like to get up because of it.” The Assistant Director of Nursing stated that the resident’s pain medication “was increased from every eight hours every six hours just today.”
However, the investigator noted that the resident’s 09/17/2015 Comprehensive Pain Assessment “is incomplete it does not assess factors that could be caused or trigger [the resident] to have pain [nor does it identify the resident’s] acceptable level of pain, location, frequency, intensity, aggravating or alleviating factors regarding [their] pain.”
- Failure to Ensure That Residents Receive Proper Care to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow Existing Bedsores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to update and revise the treatment plan and revise interventions for healing a pressure sore for [a resident at the facility].” The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Wound Nurse on 09/17/2050 who stated that “she was only recently started as the Wound Nurse two weeks ago and does not have any formal wound training.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s “right hip dressing had a moderate amount of purulence and serous drainage on it [with] brownish gray with blood mixed drainage.” The investigator also noted a hipbone measuring 2.0 centimeters deep by 0.2 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters. It was also noted that the facility’s TAR (Treatment Administration Record) does not have any orders on how to treat the resident’s wound.
Hoffman Estates Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one is suffering from ongoing pain through neglect, mistreatment or abuse while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can assist you in building a case to obtain the financial compensation your loved one deserves.
We urge you to contact our Hoffman Estates Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free no obligation consultation. Because we handle every nursing home neglect case on contingency, no upfront fees are necessary.