Any spread of infection in an Illinois Long-Term Care Center could place the health and well-being of every resident in jeopardy because of that, nurses and staff members are required to follow established procedures and protocols including hand washing to avoid resident-to-resident exposure of harmful bacteria, viruses, contagious diseases, and infections. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow their hand washing policies, which can be detrimental to the health and well-being of every resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated, neglected or injured residents who live at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Conrad House.
This LTC Home is a 12-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
6300 North Ridge Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60660
The Home offers individualized and comprehensive rehabilitation and health care services to its residents.
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois long-term care home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system to ensure that families have the latest information on homes in their community. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) data contains a historical list of safety concerns, incident inquiries, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations of every facility in the county.
The Cook County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Prevent the Spread of Infection in the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/25/2016, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to “ensure handwashing was implemented for [3 clients] observed preparing their breakfast on 08/24/2016."
The deficient practice that was first noted in the state investigator’s findings revealed during morning observations starting at 7:00 AM on 08/24/2016. The investigator observed a staff member “assisting the individual with their morning meal which began at approximately 8:30 AM. During this observation, [two residents] were observed coughing into their hands, and [a third resident] was observed sneezing into his hand while preparing their breakfast.”
During the observation, “these clients were observed around the island in the kitchen and were scooping their cereal into bowls, and assisting with touching silverware in the kitchen drawers, and grabbing toast with their bare hands.” The staff member directed the clients “to cover their mouths, and bless them after sneezing, but never directed the individuals to wash their hands.”
The facility’s Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) was interviewed a couple hours later and “was made aware of these observations.” The QIDP stated that the Staff Member “is fairly new and was very nervous during this observation.” They also “confirmed that she understands the need to wash hands after they are contaminated from sneezing and/or coughing, especially as they were assisting with meal preparation at this time.”
- Failure to Immediately Notify a Resident’s Guardian of an Incident Involving Peer-To-Peer Aggression
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/13/2014, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “properly notify the Guardian of [a resident] who had two Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reportable incidents of peer-to-peer aggression in the past three months."
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s Incident and Injury Reports over the previous three months that included two incidents involving peer-to-peer aggression that were reported to the IDPH. These incidents involve:
- On 03/24/2015, a resident was yelling at another resident. “There was no notification to [the yelling resident’s] guardian.”
- On 05/06/2014, the same resident was “shaking his fist at [another resident.” However, their guardian was not notified until two days later on 05/08/2014.
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator just after noon on 05/12/2014 regarding “guardian notification of incidents reported to IDPH that include “if there is any injury, guardians or notified.” The Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) notifies families (Guardians) by phone or email.”
An interview was then conducted with the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) on the morning of 05/13/2014 “regarding guardian notification of individual’s peer to peer incidents include “if there is a significant injury, guardians are notified by [that person] or the supervisor. Notifications occur on the same day or the next, depending on the injury.”
The Administrator and QIDP were both reminded that “the facility must notify promptly the client's parents or guardian of any significant incidents, or changes in the client’s condition including, but not limited to serious illness, accident, death, abuse, or unauthorized absence.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Conrad House, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Chicago LTC home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve neglect, and abuse. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one receives sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Cook County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.