Many individuals in nursing facilities lack the capacity to turn or reposition their body without assistance due to a disability, age or medical condition. Without repositioning, constant pressure on certain body parts including the heels, hips, buttocks, sacrum and shoulder blades can develop bedsores (pressure sores; pressure wounds; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers) that if left untreated can degrade to a life-threatening condition. Sadly, the Woodstock elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered preventable life-threatening wounds that led to their wrongful death.
Crossroads Care Center – Woodstock
Crossroads Care Center – Woodstock is a for-profit, 150-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Woodstock and McHenry County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
309 McHenry Avenue
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
In addition to providing short-term rehabilitation therapy, Crossroads Care Center offers around-the-clock skilled nursing care and wound care.
Woodstock Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to provide adequate information on the most recently opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints. Many families use this information to decide where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of care in their community. The updated information can be found numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Crossroads Care Center – Woodstock maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system comparative analysis tool. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both health inspections and quality measures. Our Woodstock nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Wound or Allow an Existing Pressure Wound to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to reevaluate pressure ulcer risk factors for a resident with a new fracture. The facility failed to revise prevention interventions to address the individual needs.” The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Crossroads Care Center – Woodstock affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
The incident involved a resident who according to their 09/06/2015 Nursing Notes “sustained a right fracture after falling was admitted to the hospital. [The resident’s] nursing notes from 09/10/2015 show that [the resident’s] returned to the facility at 2:45 PM the same day. However, by 09/21/2015, or 15 days later, the facility’s Skin Surveillance Report revealed that the resident had a “Stage III pressure ulcer to sacrum [tailbone], and wounds on both of his heels [that had been] identified as new on 09/16/2015 (six days after re-admission).” On 09/21/2015 the facility’s Wound Care Physician “listed both heel wounds as unstageable deep tissue injury caused by pressure, and the sacral ulcer as a Stage III wound caused by pressure.”
The investigator conducted an interview at 1145 an 10/30/2015 with the facility’s Director of Nursing stated that before the resident’s fracture, “no interventions were in place for [the resident’s] heels.” The Director also stated that “the interventions were the same for [the resident] after his [fracture] as before, except for more frequent turning and repositioning were identified.” An interview earlier in the day at 7:45 AM with the facility’s Wound Nurse, it was revealed that “she believed [the resident’s] wounds were caused by pressure, and was not certain staff was as diligent with repositioning as they should have been when [the resident] was readmitted.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/24/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to handle soiled linens in a manner to prevent cross-contamination.” The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the employees at the facility, directly and indirectly, affected six residents at the facility.
Upon observation on 02/22/2016 at 8:20 AM, the surveyor noted that the resident “had a stool-soiled towel on the floor next to his bed.” A few minutes later, a different resident “had soiled bed linens and towels on the floor next to a night stand.” Three minutes later, a Registered Nurse took the thermometer from the medication cart and took [another resident’s] temperature and without cleaning the thermometer, took [a separate resident’s] temperature.”
Five minutes later at 8:35 AM, a fifth resident was observed to have “a pillow and wet washcloth on the floor behind the door.” The resident stated that “the staff does not pick up after themselves, this place could be a lot cleaner.”
Woodstock Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been neglected, mistreated or abused while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Crossroads Care Center – Woodstock, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide numerous legal options. Our McHenry County elder abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of obtaining financial compensation to cover all of your damages, losses, and injuries.
We accept all personal injury cases for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we win your lawsuit trial or negotiate an acceptable amount of compensation through an out-of-court settlement. contact our Woodstock Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free consultation.