Any spread of infection of a resident in a nursing facility could jeopardize their health and well-being. Because of that, nursing facilities are required to follow established procedures and protocols when providing incontinence care to minimize the potential of the resident developing a urinary tract infection or another type of contamination. Unfortunately, the Itasca elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered an unnecessary spread of infection that diminished the quality of their life and medical condition.
Forest View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
Forest View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a 144-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Itasca and DuPage County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
535 South Elm
Itasca, Illinois 60143
The nursing center offers numerous services that include:
- Dementia program
- Stroke care
- Knee and hip replacement therapy
- Pain management
- Neurological care
- Pulmonary care
- Respite care
- Short and long-term rehabilitation
- Long-term living
Itasca Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families review the updated information on the federal and state nursing home databases to determine facilities in the community that provide the highest level of care. The information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Forest View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system and comparative analysis tool. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Itasca nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/09/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "provide continued pressure sore prevention measures for [one resident at the facility] and change pressure sore dressing as ordered [by the resident’s doctor].”
One incident was first noted at 9:20 AM on 07/09/2015 when a Certified Nursing Assistant changed a resident’s coccyx dressing. The resident stated that when the CNA “is not here, the nurses don’t change my dressing [...and that the CNA] changed it on Friday (07/03/2015) and was off-duty until Tuesday, 07/07/2015 and that’s when it got changed the next time.” The resident also stated that when the Certified Nursing Assistant “is not here, then it will not get done.”
During a 10:00 AM 07/09/2015 interview, the Certified Nursing Assistant stated that the resident “has told her about nurses not changing the dressing when she is not there and she will talk to the nurses and [the facility’s] Director of Nursing about it.” The Certified Nursing Assistant said that the Director of Nursing responded that “she will talk to the nurses” but the CNA stated that “she does believe [the resident], does not think he is lying about it even though the July 2015 treatment record documents that it is being done.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/09/2015, the state investigator noted that the facility failed “to prevent cross-contamination during incontinence care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Forest View Rehabilitation and Nursing Center directly affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for incontinence care.”
The state investigator noted that upon observation two Certified Nursing Assistants were seen turning and supporting a resident to his left while removing a “sanitary brief from the resident and clean the resident of feces. During wiping, the remaining wet washcloths were knocked to the floor. Some feces remained.” One of the Certified Nursing Assistant “noted the wet washcloths were on the floor [...and] left the resident’s side. Without removing gloves, [the CNA] opened the drawer and a cupboard and found more washcloths [… then] washed hands and change gloves.”
Near the end of providing incontinence care, the Certified Nursing Assistant was made aware “that there was feces remaining on [the resident].” At that stage, the CNA “proceeded to wipe these off at the edge of the sanitary brief without removing the brief to ensure that all the feces was cleaned away.” The investigator noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant “did not change gloves, but proceeded finishing the closure of the brief.” In addition, “the resident was not turned to the right side to facility cleaning of the entire peri-area.”
Itasca Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered an unnecessary infection while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Forest View Rehabilitation and Nursing Ctr., Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in stopping the abuse now. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can begin the process of obtaining the financial compensation you and your family deserves for your damages.
We encourage you to contact our Itasca Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to ensure that your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved. By scheduling an appointment with one of our attorneys, our law firm can provide a variety of legal options on how best to proceed. We accept all personal injury claims through contingency to avoid any upfront payment.