Many families place a loved one in a nursing home with the hope that the nursing staff will provide the highest level of care and assistance to ensure their safety. Unfortunately, many residents suffer serious injuries and premature death caused by falling that could have been prevented had the staff followed established procedures, protocols and the resident’s plan of care. Sadly, the Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many family members who have lost loved ones due to an early death caused by the reckless or careless actions of the nursing staff.
Many of the elderly individuals in nursing facilities have brittle bones and any fall could immediately compromise their health and well-being. This is especially true for residents who are easily disoriented, have a frail medical condition or are naturally prone to falling. The nursing staff is required to develop an effective plan of care that is followed by everyone to ensure the safety of every resident at high risk for falling.
Elston Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre
Elston Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre is a 117-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility that provides services to residents throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The facility is located at:
4340 North Keystone
Chicago, Illinois 60641
Chicago Area Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Every month, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database in an effort to reflect the most currently filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations on every facility in the United States. The updated information is then posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov through their comprehensive star rating summary system that includes a comparative analysis tool. Many families use this tool as an effective way to determine the best location in the community place their loved one who requires a high level of assistance with health and hygiene needs.
Currently, Elston Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for staffing issues, and two out of five stars for both health concerns and quality measures. Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found one major deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/21/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to comply with the use of personal alarms, use of gait belt to assist with resident’s transfer and the use of non-skid footwear to prevent a resident’s fall.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Elston Nursing and Rehabilitation Center involved one resident admitted to the facility who required “assist with all activities of daily living, including transfer and is at high risk for falls. The Care Plan further states [that staff members are] to use a gait belt during transfer of [the resident].”
The facility’s 10/10/2015 Incident Report states that “during transfer from a wheelchair to the bed, [the resident] lost her balance and slipped, fell and complained of right hip pain. X-rays revealed a right hip fracture.” However, the state investigator noted conflicting information between the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing the resident care and the incident investigation. The CNA stated “she was using the gait belt during transfer. Both written statement from [a nurse and a physical therapist] who were present immediately following the fall, documented not remember seeing a gait belt on [the resident].”
The state investigator conducted a 12:25 PM 10/16/2015 interview with the resident’s physician who stated that the resident “suffers from a hematologic condition that causes brittle bones and at high risk for fractures and extreme caution is to be used in handling [the resident].”
In a separate incident, the state investigator reviewed a different resident’s medical records that revealed the resident “has poor and ineffective coping skills, impaired cognition, and requires assist with all activities of daily living and is at high risk for falls.” The investigator observed the resident at approximately 2:00 PM 10/14/2015 when the resident “was in a low bed with no visible bed alarm.” At that time, the Assistant Director of Nursing “was present and confirmed [the resident] not having a bed alarm attached [… stating that the resident] had a fall on the previous day.
The investigator reviewed the 10/13/2015 Incident Report that stated that the resident “was transferring from a wheelchair, lost her balance and fell [… sustaining] a tear to the nose [...and] was sent out to the hospital for evaluation.” It was noted that the actions by the nursing staff at the facility failed to follow the facility’s Fall Prevention and Management Program Care Policy that reads in part:
“Staff should visually check residents to ensure safety, assist with care needs and prevent unsafe transfers whenever possible. If a resident is observed in an unsafe action that could lead to falls, [the] staff shall intervene immediately.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one suffered serious injury or an early death due to falling while residing at Elston Nursing and Rehabilitation Centre, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in beginning the process to obtain the financial compensation you deserve. Our Cook County elder abuse lawyers have immediate access to state investigators and all the necessary resources to build your case for financial recompense.
Contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free case evaluation. Because we handle all personal injury claims on contingency, no upfront fees are required.