Far too often, nursing homes employ procedures, policies and protocols that affect resident care that is in direct violation of the federal Nursing Home Reform Law. In many instances, the residents of nursing homes or their families are unaware that their legal rights are being violated and will often fall victim to abuse, neglect, mistreatment or other illegal practice. The Aurora nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers fight aggressively to protect mistreated nursing facility residents to ensure they receive the respect, dignity and healthcare they deserve.
Our attorneys are committed to providing numerous legal options for nursing home residents to ensure that those who cause them harm are held accountable. We provide current publicly available information that outlines the safety concerns of residents staying in Illinois nursing facilities. This data helps families make fully informed decisions on the best nursing homes to place their loved one who requires the safest health and hygiene care.Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center
Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center is a 68-bed nursing and rehabilitation center located at:
1017 W. Galena
Aurora, IL 60506
The facility provides various medical services that include:
- Short term care
- Skilled nursing care
- Dialysis treatment
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
- Subacute rehabilitation
- Wound care
According to data maintained by www.Medicare.gov, Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center maintains an overall rating of just two out of five stars, ranking it below average nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both staffing and health inspections.
Quality measures involve a residential assessment indicating how the nursing facility meets the health and hygiene requirements for every resident. Staffing data indicates the facility’s staffing hours for its RNs, LPNs, LVNs and CNAs. The health inspection rating indicates the effectiveness of maintaining the safety and health care needs of patients at the facility.
The Aurora nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers found numerous complaints filed against Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center. These complaints were handled through state surveys and nursing home inspectors that include:
- Providing Residents with Unnecessary Antipsychotic Medication:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, initial comments in the annual licensure and certificate survey indicated that the facility failed to provide residents adequate dosing of medications. This includes duplicate therapy, unnecessary medication or excessive dosing for an extended duration, all without adequate monitoring.
In addition, the “Facility also failed to monitor, track and analyze targeted behaviors and non-pharmaceuticalogical behavior interventions as a means to attempt gradual dose reductions (GDR) and behavioral interventions, unless clinically contraindicated, in an effort to discontinue these drugs.”
- Failure to Immediately Inform Doctors and Family of a Developing Decubitus Ulcer:
In data gathered from a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/30/2012, a complaint was filed against the facility indicating that the resident’s doctor, legal representative or family member was not immediately informed of a serious decline in the resident’s health status. This includes a deterioration of their health, a clinical complication or life-threatening condition.
On 9/20/12, the Nurses Notes indicate the resident had developed a facility-acquired pressure ulcer to the “lateral aspect of the right heel” and to the “lateral aspect of the left heel” that had 100% necrosis by the following day. In addition, “There was no documentation to show the facility notified [the resident’s] family … of these pressure sores.”
On 11/16/12, “the facility administrator stated that [the resident’s] family was difficult to deal with and the facility staff spoke with the family almost daily, but [the administrator] could not show documentation if the staff notified the family of these pressure sores.”
If you, or loved one, had suffered harm while residing at Elmwood Terrace Healthcare Center the Aurora skilled nursing home abuse at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of legal experts can provide immediate intervention to stop the abuse, neglect, mistreatment or financial exploitation you are experiencing at any nursing facility statewide.
We accept these types of cases on contingency. This means you are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers for our immediate legal services. We fight aggressively to ensure your rights are protected and can immediately stop the illegal actions of those in charge of your care. Call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 or speak with us now through our online chat centers.