Data maintained by the National Center on Elder Abuse indicates that nine out of every 10 nursing facilities in the United States have inadequate staff to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents. In fact, the limited number of staff reduces the efficiency to ensure proper hygiene of every resident. The Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handle many cases where the health of Illinois nursing home residents have been compromised by unsanitary conditions, neglect and abuse.
Our team of expert attorneys is committed to protecting the rights of all residents in Illinois nursing facilities. We post the most current publicly available data on filed complaints over the unsafe and sanitary conditions of assisted-living facilities and nursing home statewide. This data is used by family members when making a decision to place a loved one in a nursing home to ensure their health, hygiene and well-being are properly care for in a loving and safe environment.Dobson Plaza
Dobson Plaza is a 97-bed nursing home providing medical services to Evanston and Cook County, Illinois residents. The facility is located at:
120 Dodge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
The Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing facility offers both rehabilitation and skilled nursing care.Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concern
Every year, the federal government through www.Medicare.gov releases updated star rating summaries on every nursing facility, assisted living home and health care center in the United States. Currently, Dobson Plaza nursing facility maintains an overall three out of five star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections in two out of five stars for both staffing and quality measures.
The Evanston nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints against Dobson Plaza filed by on-site state inspectors and surveyors. Some of these complaints involve:
- Failure to Provide Residents a Safe Sanitary Environment:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/31/2011, notation is made in an annual certification survey indicating that the facility “failed to follow its sanitation policy to wash, and sanitize utensils by approved methods.” This failure also included a failure “to wear gloves appropriately and failed to wash hands after moving kitchen equipment into the serving area.”
This is in response to a surveyor observing four different occasions where a lunch service worker was seen “washing her hands with plain water and washing the ladle she was using at the same time.” The worker also “use a towel to dry the ladle. At no time was [the worker] observed soaking the ladle in sanitizer, prior to reusing the ladle and failed to wash her hands prior to applying gloves.”
In a separate occasion, in a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2009 during an annual certification survey, it was noted that the facility “failed to ensure 1) to store food properly and labeled foods 2) serve food at the proper holding temperature and 3) to sanitize the dishes with heat sanitation appropriately.”
- Failure to Provide Residents and Environment Free of Physical Restraints:
In a state summary dated 8/7/03 during an annual certification, it was noted that “the facility failed to document and show the specific medical symptoms for the application of restraints, how the restraints would treat the medical symptom, what alternative methods have been tried, and if reduction plans for the use of restraint [for a resident].” This notation is in response to use of restraint on a resident diagnosed with dementia with agitation, osteoporosis and kyphosis who was admitted and treated the facility without proper assessment of the need to use restraints.
If you, or a loved one, have suffered injury, harm or abuse while residing at any nursing facility including Dobson Plaza, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help you. Our legal team of experienced Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys can take immediate action to stop the illegal practices of the nursing home.
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