Many families pursue a case for compensation claiming negligence by a nursing home to ensure that other residents do not suffer the same fate when their loved one is injured or killed because of negligent caregivers. Sadly, the Elmhurst elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered injuries due to inadequate care provided by the nursing facility.
Nearly every resident in a nursing facility is vulnerable and frail. Often times, they are confused, fragile, and completely dependent for their health and hygiene services by the nursing staff who are entrusted with their care.
By law, nursing facilities are required to provide an acceptable level of care by competent staff who are fully trained to handle the resident’s every need. This includes rotating bedridden patients to prevent bedsores, providing quality meals based on dietary guidelines to ensure proper nutrition and administering medication according to a physician’s orders. Any failure of their responsibilities could be catastrophic to the health and well-being of the resident.
Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center
Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is a 180-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare facility providing skilled nursing care to residents of Elmhurst and DuPage County. The for-profit Corporation is located at:
127 West Diversey
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
The health care services provided at the facility include:
- Wound care management
- Dementia care
- Pain management
- Palliative/hospice care
- Psychological health management
- Therapies offered include: orthopedic rehabilitation, neurological, cardiac management program and restorative care
Elmhurst Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, both state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their national database comparative analysis tool involving nursing facilities throughout the United States. They post the results on their national website Medicare.gov.
Currently, Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues.
Our Elmhurst nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns with this facility. Two of those include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Accident-Free Environment and Provide Adequate Supervision to Ensure Avoidable Accidents Are Prevented
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/09/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "provide specific interventions to prevent a fall and skin injury.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for fall and skin injury.”
The facility’s 04/09/2015 6:30 PM Incident Report revealed that the resident “was found on the floor in the second-floor main dining room. The report shows that [the resident] had complained of pain on her right arm during the post-fall assessment [...and] was sent to the hospital for further evaluation.” The incident report revealed that “the resident was not admitted to the hospital and had returned back to the facility [noting that] the root cause analysis for [the resident’s] fall was that the fall might have been related to/caused by/probably caused by: [the resident was] confused, noncompliant with care and noted to try to get up without calling for assistance.”
In an interview with the Director of Nursing at 4:00 PM on 02/08/2016, it was noted that the resident’s 03/02/2015 Care Plan with revision dates of 03/10/2015 and 05/26/2015 “show there was no intervention to prevent possible skin injury when [the resident] was unable to maintain good alignment on her lower extremities.”
- Failure to Ensure That a Resident Remained Accident-Free in Their Environment and Was Provided Adequate Supervision to Avoid an Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "ensure that personal bed/chair alarm is activated to ensure resident safety.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center affected 17 residents at the facility who were “reviewed for falls.”
The state investigator noted that during a routine observation between 4:20 AM and 5:30 AM on 06/09/2015, conducted on 34 of the facility residents, there were 15 residents observed “on their various beds and in their rooms with their bed alarms and activated. This occurred in various resident rooms on different floors.”
The state investigator interviewed a facility’s Certified Nursing Assistant at 4:50 AM that same day, who stated that “she was not sure why bed alarms were off for residents but stated bed alarms were supposed to be checked every shift by nursing staff.”
Elmhurst Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you entrusted your loved one in any Illinois nursing facility, including Elm Brook Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and they ultimately suffered harm, injury or death, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our dedicated team of DuPage County elder abuse lawyers has built our professional careers fighting aggressively on behalf of our clients to ensure they receive the financial compensation they deserve.
To successfully resolve your case, we encourage you to make contact with our Elmhurst nursing home neglect law offices at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept all nursing home neglect cases on contingency, meaning no upfront payment is required to obtain are immediate legal services.