Anytime a change in the medical, mental or physical condition of a nursing home resident has occurred, the nursing staff is required to notify the resident’s doctor and responsible family member. This ensures immediate action can be taken and that the patient receives the highest level of care. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility trains their staff to take appropriate measures in providing needed care, especially during an emergency situation. Usually, there deficient practices and failures compromise the health and well-being of the patient. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented patients who received substandard care while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Bria of Forest Edge.
Bria of Forest Edge
This Center is a for-profit 328-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County. The nursing home is located at:
8001 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
Bria of Forest Edge has been a part of the Bria Healthcare Center since 2012. In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing care, Bria of Forest Edge also offers long-term care, STRIVE short-term rehabilitation, wound care, orthopedic rehabilitation, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, hemodialysis, rehabilitation therapies, behavioral health options and their cardiac care program.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with full details of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Bria of Forest Edge maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys have located serious safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Monitor a Resident’s Vital Signs on the Onset of a Change in Their Condition
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "implement monitoring a resident’s vital signs on the onset and during the resident’s mental status change.” The failure of the nursing staff at Bria of Forest Edge affected one resident who was “transfer the hospital more than two hours after the change in mental status.” The resident “was later diagnosed with sepsis, sepsis-associated hypotension, dehydration, kidney failure with metabolic acidosis, and septic shock
The deficient practice was noted was first noted and the state investigator’s findings that included at 2:30 PM on 05/24/2016, a nursing aide stated that the resident “was unusually very talkative, but was not her usual self on 05/15/2016 at ‘breakfast time’.” The nurse aide said that they had to change the resident “that day before breakfast, and [the resident] was not able to assist with care as [they] usually did.”
The nursing aide also indicated that the resident “did not look very good” and “did not respond verbally [...and] stated she informed [the nurse, but the nurse aide] did not know what the [nurse] did at that time.”
The investigator interviewed the Nurse Supervisor who stated on that date that the nurse aide had told the nurse that “something is going on with [the resident]” and stated that “the nurse started an IV to administer fluids in the doctor wanted to monitor [the resident’s blood pressure every 10 minutes.” However, the nurse stated that “she did not record any vital signs on [backdate and] told the nurse to chart vitals.” The nurse supervisor stated that the resident “could not say what was wrong, and would only moan and look at the staff when her name was called” and could not “recall the times that this occurred on [that date].”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Emergency Management Policy – Emergency Guidelines that reads in part:
“When an emergency situation arises, emergency procedures are initiated, which include sending the resident to the closest emergency room. Have someone stay with the resident all times. Monitor and treat, as much as possible the following areas: Take vital signs and provide reassurance to the resident. Vital signs should be taken every 10-15 minutes based on the resident’s need until the resident is stable or transferred.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has been injured or harmed while residing at Bria of Forest Edge, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can take appropriate legal measures to ensure that your loved one receives the highest level of care at their facility, or move them to a better nursing home.
Schedule your free, no obligation full case review today by calling our Cook County elder abuse law offices at 888 424-5757. No upfront fees are required because our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse cases, wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our fees are paid only after we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or have one your case in a lawsuit trial.