Every resident of Illinois long-term care homes must be provided a safe environment free from falling hazards. When the resident has multiple falls, it is the duty of the nursing staff to develop, implement and enforce interventions that prevent any further falling. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, assisted living centers and long-term care facilities properly train their employees to implement necessary precautions that safeguard the resident the potential of recurrent falls or injuries. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have needlessly suffered injury from unnecessary falls while residing in Illinois long-term care facilities like Flossmoor Terrace.
This LTC Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares to residents of Flossmoor and Cook County, Illinois. The 4-certified-bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
3951 W. 190th St.
Flossmoor, IL 60422
Flossmoor Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, and incident inquiries on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous health violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns occurring at this long-term care home that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Falling Hazards and Develop, Implement, and Enforce a Plan of Care to Prevent Further Falls
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/07/2016, a state investigator noted the deficient practice while performing an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the nursing home’s failure to “implement its Quality Assurance (QA) Committee Policy, after they failed to:
- Review of newly diagnosed fracture/bone displacement, discovered by an x-ray, for [one resident] with a history of falls.
- Monitor [the resident’s] falls for trends and patterns, along with the implementation of any identified corrective action.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a 61-year-old resident’s records revealing diagnoses including moderate intellectual disability, osteoarthritis and myasthenia gravis (neurological weakness). In addition, the resident “has a history of falls, and uses a wheeled walker.” Per the Nursing Progress Notes, the resident “fell on 07/22/2015 and on 08/08/2015.”
The facility’s 10/10/2015 Nursing Progress Notes revealed that the resident “was sent to the emergency room (ER) on 10/09/2015 after complaining of left elbow pain.” X-rays were taken and the emergency room doctor noted “a left elbow small old hairline fracture.” However, “the record lacked the x-ray report. There is no associated fall documented around the time period of 10/09/2015.”
The Registered Nurse indicated on the morning of 06/07/2016 “that she had called the ER and spoke to the ER physician, who told her [the resident] had a hairline fracture which was old. However, [the Registered Nurse] did not obtain the x-ray for verification.” In addition, a 10/15/2015 Primary Care Physician Note revealed that the resident “was being seen for a follow-up to the 10/09/2015 ER visit and documented their assessment as ‘contusion of the wrist’.”
The facility’s Progress Notes documents that the resident “fell again on 11/02/2015 and the incident report documents a fall on 03/15/2016. There is no documentation that a review of trends or patterns, along with any identified corrective action, was done for [the resident’s] falls.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Executive Director who “confirm the above documentation regarding [the resident] on 06/07/2016.” The Director said a QA review “of the newly diagnosed bone displacement should have been done and the x-ray should have been obtained.” The Director also said “a review of [the resident’s] falls for trends and patterns and any needed corrective action should have been done also.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator and employees failed to follow the facility’s policy titled: Administration: Quality Assurance Committee that reads in part:
“QA reviews all incidents and accidents, including issues that pose a safety risk to an individual, such as a change in condition and unusual incidents (either resulting in observable injuries or not), injuries and bruises of unknown origin… to ensure that no pattern or trend are occurring. Committee will implement a Plan of Correction when necessary to prevent future incidents or accidents.”
Flossmoor Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered serious injuries or died prematurely while a patient at Flossmoor Terrace, contact the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. For years, our Illinois attorneys have successfully resolved Illinois long-term care home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases. Our experience can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation against those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County area nursing home law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.