As many more individuals grow older every year, nursing homes throughout the United States have become overcrowded and understaffed. As a result, many nursing home residents have suffered mistreatment, neglect or abuse at the hands of their caregivers due to a lack of training, insufficient supervision or outright neglect. Sadly, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered serious life-threatening injuries due to neglect and mistreatment.
The administrator and staff members in nursing facilities throughout the United States owe a duty of care to every resident by ensuring all their health, nutrition, medical and hygiene needs are being met. This includes providing physical activities and therapies to improve their range of motion and enhance their quality of life. Unfortunately, many injuries occurring in nursing facilities are the result of:
- Negligent training
- Failing to provide adequate security
- Failing to provide proper monitoring
- Failing to hire qualified staff
- Failing to perform background checks on newly hired employees
- Intentional abuse and neglect by staff members
Avantara Park Ridge is a 140-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility. The for-profit Corporation serves residents of Park Ridge and Cook County.
Housing 140 Medicare/Medicaid beds, this facility is a for-profit Corporation serving Park Ridge and Cook County area.
1601 N. Western Ave.
Park Ridge, Illinois 60068
The facility provides health care and rehabilitation services that include:
- Cardiac care
- Stroke and other neurological conditions
- Pulmonary care
- Oncology care
- Specialized wound care
- Post-surgical recovery
Throughout the year, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their national nursing home database and post the information on their website Medicare.gov. Currently, Avantara Park Ridge maintains an overall five out of five available stars in the national comparative rating system. This includes five out of five stars for health concerns and quality measures and four out of five stars for staffing issues.
However, our Park Ridge nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous violations and safety concerns involving the facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/31/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "assure that fall prevention measures are put into action by providing two-person assistance for [one resident at the facility] reviewed for transfers.” The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff “resulted in a new fracture of [the resident’s] previously fractured hip and [the resident] suffered recurrent pain in the hip.”
As a part of the resident’s 04/30/2015 Nurse’s Notes on the day of the resident’s admission into the facility, it is revealed that the resident scored one in gait and balance indicating that the resident “has balance problems while standing and scored zero for the use of assistive devices though [the resident] was ambulating with the use of a rolling walker.”
The investigation was first noted in a 06/05/2015 Incident Report written by a Registered Nurse at the facility who indicates that on that morning at 11:30 AM, the resident “had a witnessed fall with no injuries [...and] was being transferred by [a Certified Nursing Aide (CNA)] from the bed to the wheelchair.” At that time, the CNA noticed the resident “lying on the floor next to his bed with a pillow under his head… Further investigation did not identify the possible causes for the fall.” The investigator noted that “only after the fall, on 06/08/2015, the intervention of utilizing a sliding board for all transfers was initiated.”
- Failure to Ensure That All Residents with Reduced Range of Motion Receives Proper Treatment and Services to Increase Their Range of Motion
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure an orthotic brace was applied as ordered to prevent further joint damage for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for specialized rehabilitation services.” This investigation involved a documented 01/19/2016 restorative note indicated that the resident “developed a non-fixed contracture of the left knee secondary to stroke and will be referred for orthotic evaluation for a proper custom fit brace to prevent further contracture.”
The surveyor noted that at 1:03 PM on 04/18/2016, nearly 3 months after the restorative note indicated the resident would receive a brace, “no orthotic brace was observed on the [resident’s] left knee.” The resident “was transferring from the reclining chair” with the assistance of two Certified Nursing Aides “there was no orthotic brace applied to the [resident’s] left knee.”
If you, or your loved one, have suffered harm, injury or mistreatment while residing at Avantara Park Ridge, or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of dedicated Cook County elder abuse attorneys can take immediate action to hold those responsible for your harm legally accountable and financially responsible for the compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to make contact with our Park Ridge nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case consultation. We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home neglect cases on contingency, meaning no upfront payments are required.