Abuse of residents living in Illinois long-term care facilities poses an immediate threat to other residents, visitors, and employees. Unfortunately, not all Homes take appropriate measures to safeguard others and provide a protective barrier from those with aggressive behavior. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent long-term care center individuals who have been injured by other residents while residing in Illinois long-term care facilities like Coleman House.
This Long Term Care (LTC) Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares for residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The 12-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
6300 North Ridge Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, and opened investigations on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled health care and hygiene assistance.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this long-term care home that include:
- Failure to Ensure That a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/08/2016, a notation was made concerning the facility's failure to "ensure an annual drug reduction occurred for [a resident] receiving medication for behavioral purposes.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 07/07/2016 to 08/06/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing the resident receives multiple antipsychotic medications daily. These drugs include: “Inderal, 20 milligrams three times a day [at] 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 4:00 PM.”
However, a review of the resident’s “medical and clinical records note that [the resident] had not had at least an annual reduction of his Inderal.” The investigator reviewed the resident’s 05/09/2016 Behavior Summary Report for Psychiatric Consultation that revealed that the “medication reduction is contraindicated due to ‘Significant Life Events’.” However, it was noted that the “report does not specify what significant life events would preclude a reduction of [the resident’s] behavioral medication.”
The investigator also noted that documentation revealed that the resident “is less anxious in the morning, periodic agitation [...and] a 02/22/2016 Behavior Summary Report also revealed that the medication reduction is contraindicated due to ‘Significant Life Events'.” The investigator also noted that “this report does not specify what the significant life events are that would preclude a medication reduction" and that the report revealed that the resident’s “behavior is fairly stable.”
An interview was conducted with the facility Administrator in the early afternoon of 07/07/2016 who stated that the resident “was initially started on Inderal due to Hypertension, however, there were behavioral benefits.” The Administrator also stated that the resident’s “Inderal was initiated on 08/02/2014. On 12/01/2014, [the resident’s] psychiatrist ordered [the medication] be increased to its current dose of 20 milligrams three times a day (from 20 milligrams twice daily).”
The Administrator also revealed that the resident “has not had a change in his Inderal [prescription] since 12/01/2014 [...and] verified that [the resident] had not had an annual decrease in this medication.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies, a state surveyor made a notation of a deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility’s failure to “ensure sufficient safety measures were put in place to protect the residents in the home from aggressive acts of [another resident].”
An incident was recorded to have happened on 08/06/2014 when a resident “and staff were in the laundry room when [the resident] became agitated when staff tried to redirect them from stopping a machine that was running. As a staff tried to redirect him out of the laundry room, he grabbed the keys and swung them and hit [another resident] in the face."
The previous day at 2:08 PM, the same resident “hit a non-resident peer in the shoulder.” Again, on 07/23/2014, while at day training, the same resident “sat by the front desk refusing to work. Another facility peer entered the office and was in close proximity to [the resident who] seemed to perceive her as being too close in character.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely while a patient at Coleman House, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. For years, our Chicago attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois long-term care home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases. Our extensive experience can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation against those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County area long term care and abuse home law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You or you family are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or after winning your case at trial.