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By federal and state law, Illinois nursing homes must investigate every incident or allegation involving physical, sexual, verbal, mental or emotional abuse occurring at the facility. Quick action of investigating and reporting the incident to the State Agency helps protect the victim against further abuse by the perpetrator. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures and protocols, which often places the victim in harm’s way. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represents Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered abuse at skilled nursing homes like Columbus Manor Residential Care Home.
Columbus Manor Residential Care Home
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 2-certified-bed Nursing Center providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Home is located at:
5130 West Jackson Boulevard
Chicago, Il 60644
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical, occupational and speech therapies along with cardiac care, pulmonary care, neurological care, complex post-surgical wound care and orthopedic surgery and joint replacement care.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Medicare.gov database system for a complete list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns, and health violations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health care and hygiene assistance.
Currently, Columbus Manor Residential Care Home maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare summary comparison analysis system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed numerous violations, safety concerns, and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Investigative Report Allegations Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/05/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation of the facility’s failure to “assure that a resident is free from any type of abuse, [a failure to] follow their policy on Abuse Prevention and [a failure to] investigate an allegation of verbal abuse involving staff members. These failures affect two [residents at the facility].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing in 08/13/2015 Face Sheet and Social Service Note and an interview with the resident in February 2016 who “was observed lying in his bed”. During the interview, the resident stated he had a “bad back” and continued to tell the investigator that they [the staff] were “aware of an order for pain medication that he can ask for every six hours if needed.”
The resident stated that “when pain medication is needed, the nursing staff would not give it to him.” The resident claimed that “when asked for pain medication, both nurses call him names that include ‘drug addict and drug seeker’.” The resident also stated that the nurses “smart talk and sing ‘I like dope (illegal drug) songs’” that make the resident “upset and feel abused.”
The state investigator noted that per the review “of the abuse investigations presented by the facility, there is no evidence that the facility investigated the allegations of verbal abuse reported by [the resident].” The facility’s Administrator stated “we will be conducting our investigation.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents’ Drug Regimens Are Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/05/2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice to “create a symptomatic psychotropic reduction plan.” The investigator also claimed that the facility failed to “follow a Care Plan intervention and failed to complete an assessment to identify the presence of complications of an antipsychotic medication.”
The investigator noted that the physician ordered the resident to receive antipsychotic medications “every night at bedtime.” The resident’s Care Plan documents an abnormal involuntary movement scale assessment would be performed every six months. However, “there is no evidence that [the assessment] was completed during the resident stay at the facility [...and] there is no evidence that a systematic reduction plan was created for the resident’s use of [the antipsychotic medication].”
The facility’s Minimum Data Set Coordinator verified on 02/03/2016 “that the psychiatrist determines the plan for psychotropic reduction [...and] validated an absence of evidence of systematic [antipsychotic medication] reduction plan after going through the pages of the medical chart.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your parent, grandparent or spouse has been injured or harmed while residing at Columbus Manor Residential Care Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our respected Chicago attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers, visitors and other residents at their nursing facility.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case review. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.