Resident-to-resident physical assault is a serious problem in long-term care facilities providing services to the developmentally disabled. To protect residents, the nursing staff is required to follow all procedures and protocols including investigating any allegation or incident involving abuse and reporting it immediately to the State agency. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train their nursing staff on their abuse policies, which is often detrimental to the victim. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide representation to abused residents of Illinois developmentally disabled long-term care Homes like Alden Village North.
Alden Village North
This Nursing Center is and under-22-year-old 150-certified-bed Facility providing services to developmentally disabled residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
7464 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago Il 60626
The residential center provides 24-hour care to adults, children, and infants suffering from profound and severe developmental disabilities. In addition, the center provides schooling, respite care, day training and physical/occupational/speech/music therapies.
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois regularly updates their nursing home database system with complete details of all filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The search results can be viewed on numerous online sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – [ltc.dph.illinois.gov]).
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Minimal Standards of Care That Ensure the Resident’s Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/15/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened for its failure to “assure that one client who currently has an open pressure sore went for a follow-up visit to a podiatrist as was recommended, and had his pressure sore measured the same way in order to be able to assess healing.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 03/22/2016 records noting a podiatry consult with the chief complaint of “a chief complaint of an ulcer right plantar heel of unknown duration.” The document revealed the resident had “black eschar skin lesion [measuring] 4.0 centimeters in diameter with a small 1.0 centimeter open wound with sanguineous drainage on the right plantar foot.” The resident’s Plan of Care included “monitor for healing or infection (return to the clinic) one week if one remains open and draining.”
A review of the resident’s 04/14/2016 records showed that the pressure sore was currently opened and the resident “had not been to see the podiatrist again after the initial consult of 03/22/2016,” or for the last 23 days.
The investigator interviewed a Registered Nurse on 04/13/2016 providing the resident care who stated “he did not go back to the podiatrist. He never went back to the podiatrist.” A physical assist and was interviewed that same day and stated “I recommended the wound care clinic. I don’t know why it will not send them back to podiatry.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing on 04/14/2016 who was asked why the resident’s “pressure sore is getting worse, as evidenced by the measurement.” The Assistant Director stated, “no, it’s getting better, but I measure just the open area and measure the discolored area.”
The surveyor informed the Assistant Director of Nursing and the Director of Nursing “that if nurses are measuring the pressure sore differently, then the facility will have a difficult time assessing the healing of the wound.”
- Failure to Report Allegations Involving Abuse to the State Agency in Accordance with the Law
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/03/2014, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that all allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse involving [residents] were reported immediately to Public Health through established procedures.”
The incident involved an event where one resident struck another resident. While the incident occurred on 09/06/2014, it was not reported to the Public Health until two days later on 09/08/2014, in violation of state law.
The incident report documented that a resident assaulted “another resident on 08/22/2014 at 10:11 AM. There were four scratch marks noted on the other resident.” The assaulting resident “has a behavior program for physical aggression toward other residents [...and] was removed from the area physician’s orders were to ‘monitor behavior’.” This incident was reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health on 08/25/2014, more than three days after the incident had occurred.
During an interview occurring on 10/29/2014, the facility’s Administrator “reviewed the reports and said that the incident took place on a weekend and it was reported on the following Monday.” The Administrator also said “she thought that this reporting requirement involved business days and that she would revise their practice immediately.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has suffered an injury or died prematurely while a resident at Alden Village North, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Let our skilled Chicago attorneys file and handle your financial compensation claim against all those who caused your loved one harm. Our years of experience ensures a successful resolution.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 today. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your complimentary initial claim review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.