Nursing facilities are legally bound to ensure that every resident remains safe throughout the facility at all times from abuse, mistreatment or neglect. Any abuse, or allegation of abuse, must be reported to the appropriate agencies including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and law enforcement officers within 24 hours after the completion of the investigation. Unfortunately, the Burr Ridge elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the nursing facility failed to investigate an allegation of abuse that led to additional harm of the resident.Brookdale Burr Ridge
Brookdale Burr Ridge is a 30-certified bed for-profit Medicare-participating continuing care retirement community providing services to residents of Burr Ridge and Cook and DuPage Counties. The facility is located at:
6801 Highgrove Boulevard
Burr Ridge, Illinois 60521
The senior living solutions provided by Brookdale Burr Ridge encompass:
- Assisted living
- Independent living
- Life care
- Skilled nursing care
- Long-term care
- Home health
Throughout the year, nursing home regulatory agencies for the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most recently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns of every facility in the United States. The updated information is then posted on various sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to choose the best location for the loved one who requires the highest level of skilled nursing care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Brookdale Burr Ridge maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in comparison with other facilities nationwide. This includes 4 to 5 stars for quality measures and health concerns. However, our Burr Ridge nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Abuse, Mistreatment or Neglect of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/12/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow the policy for reporting and investigating abuse allegations.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff of Brookdale Burr Ridge affected three residents at the facility.
The failure was first noted at 9:00 AM on 06/10/2015 on a review of the Resident Council Minutes that revealed comments made from to residents where one resident “was noted to state: that nursing is terrible, they don’t help him and they are slow.” The other resident was “noted to complain in the meeting that about the medical is squeezing her and staff laughing at her.”
A member of the Activities staff stated 11:15 AM on 06/10/2015, she was taking the minutes of the meeting and report the complaints and allegations to [the facility’s Activity Director] after the meeting.” As a result of that report, the activities staff member and the Activities Director “sent an email to [the facility’s Director of Nurses] on Friday, 06/05/2015 to inform her of the allegations made by [both resident’s].”
The investigator noted that the Director of Nursing “was asked about the allegations in the Resident Council Minutes on 06/05/2015.” The Director stated “receiving an email sent by [the Activities Director] on 06/05/2015, but did not open or read it until today 06/09/2015.” The Director was then “asked to review the facility’s investigation and the report sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).” In response, the Director of Nursing “stated an investigation often started and IDPH was not notified” in direct violation of state and federal nursing home regulations and laws.
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/12/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to assess, evaluate and implement a Bowel and Bladder program for residents identified as incontinent of Bowel and Bladder.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to implement the Bowel and Bladder policy and procedure and to develop and implement a Plan of Care in order to improve or maintain their bowel and bladder function.”
An interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing, it was revealed that “the facility has no Bowel or Bladder program, this area (Bowel and Bladder) is very new to us. We assigned the Minimum Data Set/Care Plan Coordinator to run the program, but I am the enforcer [...and stated that] the facility does not have a certified restorative nurse with the knowledge necessary to manage a Bowel and Bladder program, nor are there any plans to obtain one.”
If your loved one has been injured as a result of abuse or mistreatment while residing at any Illinois nursing facility, including Brookdale Burr Ridge, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can begin an investigation, gather evidence and build a case to ensure that your family receives the financial compensation they deserve for your damages.
To ensure a successful resolution of your financial compensation for your case against the facility and any other staff that caused your loved one harm, we encourage you to contact our Burr Ridge Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757. By scheduling an appointment for a free, no-obligation consultation, our attorneys can discuss every legal option to obtain your recompense. No upfront fees are required because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency.