Attorneys for Patients Mistreated at Elmwood Care

Elmwood Care

Elmwood Care

Elmwood Care is a 245 bed nursing home located in Cook County, Illinois at:

Elmwood Care
7733 West Grand Avenue
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
 Telephone: 708-452-9200
Website: http://elmwoodcare.com/

The facilities provide approximately 245 bed spaces for senior members in need of day-to-day living assistance. The official records of the state nursing home board show that it provides its health care services for the following health related issues:

  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Blood Disorders
  • Circulatory System
  • Endocrine/Metabolic
  • Nervous System
  • Developmental Disability
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary System Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
  • Mental Illness
  • Neoplasms

Critical Findings regarding Patient Health Care at Elmwood Care

According to the data gathered from the nursing home surveys conducted by the Illinois Department of Health and other survey agencies, there have been noticeable signs of abuse and neglect at the Elmwood Care Center, which can be construed as nursing home negligence.

This prompted Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to review the data compiled by ProPublica –a private survey organization—and we found out that the following experiences by patients –outlined below—, could be interpreted as nursing home negligence:

  • Failure to update a care plan to address socially inacceptable behaviors and prevent resident to resident sexual abuse: “Incident report review and nurses’ notes review revealed that, on Dec.21, 2009 at 7 A.M., R20 was observed by a CNA to have fondled the breasts of a female resident R3. R3 has [MEDICAL CONDITION], dementia and [MEDICAL CONDITION]. According to the documentation, R3 and R20 were separated. Thirty minutes later at 7:30 A.M., R20 was again observed by a nurse with R20’s hand rubbing R3’s peri area over R3’s diaper. R20 was sent to the hospital for a psych evaluation. The Care Plan for R20’s behavior was never revised or reviewed. The original plan, with all the approaches/interventions, remained the same considering in spite the fact that R20 actually acted out his socially inappropriate behavior. These behaviors were documented in the social service notes such as: Date= 6-21-09…resident has a history of touching other residents inappropriately, resident would become verbally abusive when redirected by staff, resident would say sexual comments to staff; Date-7-21-09….resident would try to touch some of the female residents; resident has to be watched while propelling himself through the hallway; Date= 7-28-09… residents exhibits socially inappropriate/disruptive behavior symptoms such as saying sexual comments to staff and other residents, resident would also touch other residents. The Care Plan approaches/interventions remained the same even after the incident of 12-21-09.”
  • Failure to keep residents safe from significant medication errors: “During the medication pass observation on 02/09/10 at 10AM, E3 (Nurse) prepared the medications using a plastic medication cup for R31 including [MEDICATION NAME] and [MEDICATION NAME] 10 mg. Per E3, she is going to give 4cc of the [MEDICATION NAME]. When E3 was about ready to give the medications to R31, surveyor asked E3 to remeasure the [MEDICATION NAME] with the use of the syringe. E3 remeasured the [MEDICATION NAME] medication and it was 5cc. E3 stated it was little over. Further review of R31’s MAR (Medication Assessment Record) documents that [MEDICATION NAME] is to be held for systolic BP (Blood Pressure) < 130. Per record R31’s BP is 116/71. This was observed given to R31 but MAR is initialed and circled meaning that this was not given.”
  • Failure to prevent medication errors: “On 1/24/12 at 11:35am, E17 (RN), administered [MEDICATION NAME] (injection) to R32. E17 stated that R32 gets18 units of [MEDICATION NAME] insulin. E17 drew up 21 units of insulin into the syringe. As E17 was about to inject the insulin into R32’s abdomen, E17 was asked to verify the amount of insulin in the syringe. E17 verified there were 21 units of insulin in the syringe. The POS for R32 documents the following order: [MEDICATION NAME] 100u/ml, inject 18 units subcutaneously with lunch and dinner.”
  • Failure to ensure call lights are accessible to residents: “On 1/25/11 at 10:30am during the initial tour in room [ROOM NUMBER], surveyor observed only one call light cord coming from the call light switch going to bed 2. There was no call light cord coming from the call light switch going to bed 1. A review of the facility’s resident roster there are two residents residing in room [ROOM NUMBER]. On 1/26/11 during the medication pass at 10:00am R22 was observed in bed, with no call light cord was observed. R22 said that he was unaware of where is call light cord was at. R22 was assessed to be alert and oriented to person and time during the observation. R22 was asked how he calls for assistance and R22 said he didn’t know, but has to wait until someone comes in the room. The call light cord was observed behind the dresser in R22 room, when the call light was given to R22 he was able to pull the cord.”
  • Failure to assess pressure sores: “During 1/27/11 interview with E11 (Skin Care Coordinator) at 2:05 PM, E11 said that the new area below the right ischium is a new sore and that Z1 was aware of it with a new order. When E11 was asked
    about another open area on the right ischium above the new sore she’s referring to, E11 responded that this area had closed already, thus the previous treatment was already discontinued. When E11 was told it was an open area noted during the treatment observation with E10 and is not in R19’s TAR, E11 responded that if the nurse does not inform her of a new open area, E11 will not be able to assess and address it as E11 does the wound assessment only on a weekly basis. Similarly, there is another open area treated by E10 during this 1/27/11 wound care observation that was not assessed, referred to Z1 and addressed: an open sore just above R19’s rectum and below the center, medial, and lateral sores. E11 also said that she was not made aware of it especially that when she looked at the wound prior to this 1/27/11 interview, that open area above the rectum is already covered in [MEDICATION NAME] dressing.”

Our Role as Nursing Home Attorneys in Elmwood Park, IL.

Our patient care attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers strive to help vulnerable and injured individuals who have experienced neglect and any form of abuse get the closure they deserve. We provide residents of Illinois with experienced Health care lawyers who are dedicated to your cause. We have handled lawsuits covering the following situations:

  • Bed Sores / Pressure Pores
  • Dropped Patients
  • Fractures
  • Physical Abuse
  • Patient Wandering
  • Repeated Falls
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Wrongful Death
  • Medication Errors

Do You Have Any Grievances? Speak to an Attorney Today

If your loved one has been abused or neglected during an admission to Elmwood Care, or a different skilled nursing facility in Illinois, you should contact an attorney to determine your legal rights. Our nursing home lawyers have experience getting superior results for all types of cases. Put our team to work for your family and get the results that you deserve. All of our initial consultations are free and we never charge a fee without a recovery for you. Talk to an experienced attorney today (888) 424-5757

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Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are take from public sources including the State Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility at least every fifteen months. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers cannot confirm that the content on this site is the most recent information related to the facilities mentions.

The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information here: dph.illinois.gov or medicare.gov.

The deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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