Many residents living in Illinois long-term care homes require special diets consisting of mechanically softened foods to avoid choking incidences that could lead to a serious injury or premature death. Unfortunately, not all facilities properly train their staff members to follow physician’s orders, which can be detrimental to the resident’s life. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who of died prematurely due to the negligent actions of caregivers while residing in Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Clearbrook West.
This Facility is a 16-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services and cares for residents of Rolling Meadows and Cook County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
The facility provides personalized residential and clinical services to children and adults at numerous locations across the Chicago metropolitan area.
Rolling Meadows LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to review a comprehensive list of all opened investigations, incident inquiries, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations. The regularly updated information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which LTC facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, inquiries, and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
Failure to Follow a Resident’s Food Regimen That Led to Their Death
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/06/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “implement their policy to prevent neglect of [a resident] who choked and died after receiving food that was not on his prescribed diet."
The state investigator reviewed the facility 09/14/2016 Investigative Summary completed by the Home’s Quality Assurance Facilitator that noted that on 09/02/2016, the resident “was observed to be choking during lunch while at his day program.” At that time, “the day program staff responded and the paramedics were called [...and the 54-year-old male resident diagnosed with Moderate Intellectual Disability, Major Depressive Disorder… and GERD] was transported to the hospital by ambulance and passed while at the hospital.”
A review of the resident’s 09/02/2016 and 10/01/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident had a “diet order as a mechanical soft with nectar thick liquids, no ice cream, no sherbet, no Jell-O, small bites, alternate food, and drink, have resident stopped to clear her throat and swallow again.”
Just prior to the choking incident, a DSP (Direct Support Person) prepared the resident a meal of a “mechanical soft meat sandwich (unsure of the meat).” However, another DSP switched the resident’s sandwich to peanut butter and jelly. When the paramedics arrived, it was believed that the resident was consuming another resident’s “hot dog”.
The investigation conducted at the facility was concluded on 09/02/2016 revealing that the resident died of Asphyxia and choking on food. “The investigation revealed conflicting statements regarding what [the resident] had for lunch. He was sent from the residence with a mechanical soft turkey sandwich but the staff substituted this with peanut butter and jelly due to his food preference. A staff member reported seeing him eating a hot dog but no one observed anyone actually giving him a hot dog.”
In addition to the facility’s August 2016 failure to follow their Choking Prevention Policy and Procedure, the state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator the facility failed to follow their revised October 2013 policy titled: Client Treatment Policy that reads in part:
“Under no circumstances shall any abuse or neglect of the client be tolerated… Any finding of abuse or neglect of a client is grounds for immediate dismissal. Other steps may be taken as necessary by the client or the Administrator if the allegations cannot be proved, it may still be necessary to remove the staff person from working directly with the clients or client…”
“Neglect is defined as the failure to provide adequate medical or personal care or maintenance, which failure results in the physical or mental injury to an individual or in the deterioration of an individual’s physical or mental condition. When caretakers do not give a person the care for the goods or services needed to avoid harm or illness.
Egregious neglect is defined as the substantive failure by an employee to provide adequate medical or personal care or maintenance that results in the death, serious medical condition, or serious deterioration of an individual’s physical or mental condition…”
Rolling Meadows Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has suffered injury or harm while the patient at Clearbrook West, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable Rolling Meadows attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against every party who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.