Recent studies indicate that nearly 50 percent of all nursing facilities nationwide failed to meet federal and state standards in preventing bedsores. Unfortunately, without proper care, residents in nursing homes are highly susceptible to developing bedsores on bony prominences of the body including the hips, heels, tailbone, ankle, shoulders, shoulder blades and the back of the head. Sadly, the Long Grove elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered life-threatening bedsores caused by the negligent caregivers.
The initial development of a pressure sore (decubitus ulcer; pressure ulcer; bedsore) can happen in less than two hours and cause life-threatening problems if left untreated. Pressure sores are caused by a restriction of blood supply to the resident’s skin and underlying tissue by cutting off much-needed oxygen and nutrients. Within days, an unassuming pressure sore can quickly progress to an open wound susceptible to serious infections and severe pain.
Avantara Long Grove
Avantara Long Grove is a 190-certified bed for profit Medicaid and Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Long Grove and Lake County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1666 Checker Road
Long Grove, Illinois 60047
The nursing home center offers physical, occupational, and speech therapies and numerous skilled nursing services including:
- Cardiac care
- Stroke and neurological conditions
- Pulmonary care
- Orthopedic care
- Wound care
Long Grove Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On a regular basis, the state of Illinois and the federal government regulatory agencies update their nursing home databases to reflect the most currently available information on health violations, safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints on facilities nationwide. The updated information is then published on various websites including Medicare.gov through their star rating summary system.
Currently, Avantara Long Grove maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared with other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health concerns. Our Long Grove nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. One serious concern includes:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allowing Existing Bedsores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/06/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "identify risk factors for [a] skin breakdown.” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to implement interventions to reduce or eliminate pressure to avoid pressure ulcer development.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Avantara Long Grove affected four residents.
In one case, the failure involved a resident admitted to the facility on 06/08/2015 with multiple pressure ulcers who requires “extensive assistance for dressing, hygiene, bed mobility and is totally dependent for bathing and transfers.” The state investigator noted that the resident’s 07/20/2015 Plan of Care directs the staff “to apply protector to [the resident’s] left heel at all times to prevent a worsening skin condition.” In addition, the staff is directed to “provide protector when the resident is in bed to prevent the development of a sore on the right heel. (both heels).”
However, upon observation at 3:00 PM on 08/04/2015 at 9:20 AM the following day on August 2015, the resident “was lying in bed with heels directly on the bed [...and] did not have heel protectors in place.” The investigator noted that the resident’s 06/26/2015 Progress Note revealed that the resident “had a left heel blood filled blister and was to have heel protectors applied while in bed.”
The facility’s 08/03/2015 Pressure Ulcer Report revealed that the resident’s left heel and right trochanter (hip) wounds developed after being admitted to the facility, and were first identified on 07/08/2015.” The resident’s right hip (trochanter) pressure ulcer was identified as a stage II bedsore measuring 1.0 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters and his left wound was unstageable measuring 4.0 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters.”
Upon admittance to the facility, the resident’s 06/01/2015 Face Sheet revealed the resident’s scored 19 on their Braden scale, indicating that the resident was at “no risk for pressure ulcers.” The investigator noted that the facility’s February 2014 Wound Care Program Policy provides direction to the nursing staff on how to minimize the potential of a resident developing a bedsore. The policy pertaining to assisting residents who require repositioning and pressure relieving measures reads in part: “if the resident is in bed, position resident body in bed with pillows or other supported devices to protect bony prominence susceptible to pressure.”
Long Grove Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered serious injuries including bedsores while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Avantara Long Grove, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our team of Lake County elder abuse attorneys has successfully prosecuted nursing homes, physicians, assisted living centers and residential care facilities by holding them financially and legally accountable in Illinois civil courts.
To successfully resolve your claim for financial compensation, we encourage you to contact our Long Grove Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free private consultation. We accept all nursing home abuse cases on contingency to avoid the need of you paying an upfront fee.