Often times, families have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive a high level of care. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities are understaffed, overcrowded or fail to take appropriate measures to ensure that every resident is provided a safe environment. Sadly, the Cicero elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the health and well-being of nursing home residents have been greatly compromised by unacceptable and deplorable conditions within the facility.City View Multi-Care Center
City View Multi-Care Center is a 485-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Cicero and Cook County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
5825 W. Cermak RoadCicero Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Cicero, IL 60804
Nursing home regulatory agencies run by the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems in an effort to provide current information on every facility in the United States. These databases include the complete history of health violations, safety concerns, filed complaints and opened investigations with results posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, City View Multi-Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available stars in the comparative analysis Medicare star rating summary system, compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our Cicero Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys of found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility including:
- Failure to Prevent the Spread of Infection throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/26/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow their license isolation procedures for [a resident] reviewed for Lice. This failure resulted in [the resident] not being put on contact isolation.”
In the early afternoon of 01/22/2015, the staff was first made aware that a resident had “lice and should be put on contact isolation immediately for at least 24 hours to make sure no spread of lice” occurred within the facility. At that time, it was noted that the resident’s “roommate should have been treated as well. The purpose of putting the resident on isolation is to prevent the spread in the nursing home.”
Earlier in the afternoon, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated that the resident “came to her last week [stating] that he had bugs.” At that time, the LPN stated they “went and looked at [the resident] and noted small bugs on his shirt that look like lice [...and] notified the doctor and Director of Nursing.” The LPN stated that they remove the resident’s “clothing and his linens was removed.” The roommates were assessed and their close and linen were taken and placed in red bags before calling housekeeping who “came and clean everyone’s bed”. However, the resident “was not put on contact isolation [the LPN] was not told to put [the resident] in isolation by the doctor [nor to] post any sign outside his room that he was in isolation.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/13/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure a resident’s skin infestation, follow its policy covering head lice and have a communicable disease policy and procedure that would identify, treat and prevent the transmission of infectious skin agents.”
Approximately four months earlier than the previous infestation listed above, a family member of a resident reported via phone on 09/28/2015 that “she received a call from the facility staff informing her that [their loved one in the facility] had lice. The family member visited the nursing home and took the resident “to the hospital emergency room for a doctor to examine [the resident].” The family member stated that “the emergency room doctor set [the resident] had scabies [...and] a fungal skin infection in a fold the skin on his back.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing in the late afternoon of 10/01/2015 who said that “staff called her on 09/24/2015 and said they found live insects crawling on [the resident’s] shirt and bed.” At that time, the Director told staff “to follow the protocol for Lice.” The Director of Nursing That then called the resident’s family member and physician “who wrote a prescription” to treat the lice that was to be applied to the resident and roommates.”
However, the state investigator noted that the resident’s “medical record did not reflect a physician’s evaluation for Lice or Scabies. There were no laboratory results from skin scrapings to rule out Scabies. In addition, by 1:15 PM 10/06/2015 there was “no sign for contact precautions or restricting entry observed near or on the room where [the infected resident] resides.”
If your loved one has suffered harm from living in deplorable conditions while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois including City View Multi-Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Cicero nursing home abuse lawyers can ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve because of your loved one’s damages.
Contact our Cook County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 for a free, no-obligation case review. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency to avoid an upfront retainer or fee.