Many American families have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure that their medical requirements and hygiene needs are met. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities nationwide have become overcrowded and understaffed, leading to serious problems involving unsupervised and unwitnessed falls. In fact, the Morton Grove elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who suffered serious injuries as a result of the neglectful actions of their caregivers.
It is crucial that nursing facilities develop fall prevention measures because of the substantially increased risk of its residents because of their age and disabilities. Statistics by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that one out of every three nursing home residents 65 years or older will fall at least one time in a given year. Because of that, nursing facilities have an obligation to take reasonable steps in an effort to minimize the potential risks of falling.Bella Terra Morton Grove
Bella Terra Morton Grove is a for-profit 211-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility serving residents of Morton Grove and Cook County. The facility is located at:
8425 Waukegan Road
Morton Grove, Illinois 60053
The center provides around-the-clock skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, and therapy.Morton Grove Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, state and federal nursing home regulators routinely update their comparative nursing home evaluation information and post the data on their national website Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to make informed decisions about where to place a loved one who requires nursing care.
Currently, Bella Terra Morton Grove maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other facilities throughout the United States. This includes three out of five stars for health concerns in two out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues.
Our Morton Grove nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous investigations, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of these concerns involve:
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Is Provided an Accident-Free Environment and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/25/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement fall intervention for [a resident at the facility] reviewed for falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff involved a resident “was identified at risk for falls and with prior injury from falls.”
The failure by the nursing staff involved an observation on 03/24/2016 of the resident “up in her wheelchair eating lunch in the dining room. [The resident’s] chair alarm monitor was placed behind [the resident’s] wheelchair but was not connected to the sensor pad.” During an observation, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “was observed assisting [the resident] transfer from her wheelchair to the couch. No chair alarm monitor or sensor was placed on the couch.” The CNA stated that the resident “does get up on her own from the couch but they do not place an alarm on the couch. The chair alarm is kept only on the wheelchair.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing on 03/24/2016 who stated that the “staff is expected to transfer chair alarm from the wheelchair to the couch if the resident is on the couch to prevent falls.” It was also noted that the resident’s 12/21/2014 revised 11/23/2015 Care Plan documented that the resident “is at risk for falls, impaired balance during transfers [...and requires] interventions including chair alarm in place.”
- Failure to Provide Residents an Accident Free Environment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/29/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "evaluate the cause of the resident’s fall and revise or update fall interventions after each fall.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Bella Terra Morton Grove affected one resident at the facility.”
The facility’s MDS Care Plan Coordinator was interviewed on 10/28/2015 and stated that even though she reviews the nurse’s notes and any occurrence reports that “she was not aware that [the resident] sustained fractured ribs after a fall on 07/29/2015.” The Coordinator also acknowledged that the resident’s MDS (Minimum Data Set) “does not note [that the resident] had a fall with a major injury and stated that she will correct the [resident’s records].”
If your loved one has suffered injuries in a fall or other accident in an Illinois nursing facility, including Bella Terra Morton Grove, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our Cook County elder abuse lawyers handle many complex injury claims and lawsuits and can evaluate your claim to determine the level of financial compensation you are entitled to receive.
Contact our Morton Grove nursing home neglect law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. Is important to know that every claim or lawsuit has a deadline, so it is important to file a potential claim for compensation as quickly as possible. Our law firm charges no fees or expenses until we obtain your financial recovery for the harm, injury or damages you or your loved one have endured.