Nearly all residents in nursing homes throughout the state of Illinois move into the facility to receive a high level of care of their medical condition, age, disability or infirmity. Any lack to provide the best care to manage the resident’s needs could have a negative impact on the resident’s overall health. Unfortunately, the Crystal Lake elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered injury and harm needlessly due to the negligence of their caregivers.Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is an 112-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Crystal Lake and McHenry County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
335 N. Illinois Ave.
Crystal Lake, Illinois 60014
In addition to independent living, their services include assisted living, skilled nursing care, and their specialized signature programs.Crystal Lake Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the public is fully informed before placing a loved one in a nursing facility, the state of Illinois and the federal government update their nursing home database systems. This updated information reflects the complete history of filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations, and opened investigations that can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national to care star rating summary system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections, quality measures, and staffing issues. Our Crystal Lake nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident the Minimum Standard of Care to Treat an Existing Wound
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/31/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide the necessary wound care by ensuring nursing staff routinely assessed a resident’s surgical incision and ensuring the resident received prompt intervention for surgical wounds showing signs of infection.” The state investigator noted that the failure by the facility involved one resident “reviewed for [receiving] improper nursing care.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center involved a resident whose 02/16/2016 Nurse’s Notes stated “right shoulder incision with staples intact. Edges well approximated. Hematoma at the distal end.” The Nurse’s Notes in the following days did not show a description of the wound. The 02/24/2016 through 02/28/2016 Nurse’s Notes all show “surgical incision to her right shoulder with a hematoma to distal end”. There is no documented assessment of the wound characteristics [including color, temperature, tissue type or drainage] documented on these dates.
On 02/29/2016, the resident returned to the MD office for a visit with their physician. The Registered Nurse at the facility called Crystal Pines Rehabilitation to say that the resident would be “readmitted to (Hospital) for directed mission to have an incision and drainage of the right shoulder.” In addition to treatment, the resident received intravenous antibiotics. The state inspector noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s August 2015 Wound Assessment Policy that reads in part:
“It is the policy of the facility to assess each wound initially either at the time of admission or at the time the wound is identified. Each wound will be identified weekly thereafter or with any significantly noted change in the wound.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/03/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "transfer [the resident] in a safe manner. This failure resulted in [the resident] having to be lowered to the floor, sustaining a fracture to her right femur.”
The state investigator noted that upon review of the resident’s 04/07/2016 Progress Notes it was revealed that a Registered Nurse documented that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) lowered the resident “to the floor during a transfer from the bed to the chair [...and laid the resident] on her right side.”
The Certified Nursing Assistant then assisted the resident “into a padded reclining chair.” At that time, the CNA assisted the resident “to the chair before the CNA made [the Registered Nurse] aware of the incident.” This action by the Certified Nursing Assistant violated established protocols after a fall including:
“The protocol for this facility is no resident should be moved without the nurse assessing the resident first.”
If your loved one has suffered from abuse, mistreatment, or neglect while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois including Crystal Pines Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can ensure that you and your loved one receive the financial compensation you deserve for your damages.
To ensure that your recompense claim is successfully resolved, we urge you to contact our McHenry County elder abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 for a no-obligation free consultation to discuss the merits of your case. Because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, no upfront payment or retainer is necessary.