Forest Villa Nursing & Rehab Center is a 212 bed nursing home located in Cook County, Illinois at:
Forest Villa Nursing & Rehab Center
6840 West Touhy Avenue
Niles, IL 60714
The nursing home is designed to cater for the elderly and to rehabilitate patients who are in need of living assistance for a given period of time. According to data gotten from the state nursing home board, patients who are admitted into Forest Villa Nursing & Rehab Center are brought in for the following reasons:
- Alzheimer Disease
- Mental Illness
- Developmental Disability
- Genitourinary System Disorders
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Nervous System
- Other Medical Conditions
The Concerning Findings Regarding Patient Care at Forest Villa Nursing & Rehab Center
A survey conducted by the State Department of Health and diverse private health inspection firms found some episodes of poor patient supervision and repeated patient falls which led to severe injuries. The survey conducted by ProPublica—a private inspection firm—was reviewed by our nursing home attorneys in Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC and episodes of poor supervision which could be construed as nursing home negligence were found:
- Failure to supervise residents adequately: “R3’s 1/24/12 Care plan also indicated that R3 has impaired decision making due to cognitive deficits. E3 said that R3 is supposed to be on bed rest for 6 weeks because of his hip fracture, but was up in his wheelchair because R3 was screaming, shouting, and insisting to get out of bed. E3 said that she saw E6, and E6 together with E5 (CNA), helped R3 out of bed. E3 said that she saw E5 wheel R3 to the Dining Room afterwards. E3 further said that R3 did not stay in the Dining Room and propelled himself to E3, and asked E3 if E3 could take R3 outside for a smoke. E3 said she told R3 to wait after lunch time, which is in 30 minutes. E3 said this was the last time she saw R3, which was between 11:55 AM to 12 PM. R3’s Nurses Note dated 2/4/12 indicated that at 12:15 PM, R3 was noted supine on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, near the employee stairwell. R3’s wheelchair was on top of his upper torso, and he was bleeding from the head. R3 was sent to the hospital via 911. On 2/8/12 at 1:43 PM, E9 (second floor nurse) said that she was walking in the 1st floor hallway on 2/4/12 at around 12:15 PM, when she saw R3 on the top of the stairwell. E9 continued that she yelled for R3 to hold on, but is not sure if R3 heard her. E9 said that she saw R3’s hand on the wheelchair wheels, and that R3 propelled forward down the stairs. E9 said that there were no staff in that area supervising R3 during this time. E9 said that R3 must have moved the unlatched stair guard on the side; otherwise he would not have been able to go down the stairs. Facility’s investigation did not explain why R3 was left unsupervised in an area that is hazardous to residents like R3, who has a recent history of falling from his wheelchair, an amputee of the left leg, someone with periods of confusion and was initially care planned as having cognitive deficit, a resident who is blind in the left eye and has impaired vision in the other eye, and someone who has poor safety judgment and poor impulse control, as evidenced by transferring himself from a dialysis chair to bed unassisted despite staff direction not to. R3 sustained a C7 cervical fracture, 6 x 4 inch laceration to the head, anterior left scalp hematoma, and subarachnoid hemorrhage. R3 expired at the hospital on [DATE], after life support was removed.”
- Failure to notify physician of high panic lab reports: “Nurses Notes documented as follows: Laboratory report for Comprehensive Metabolic Profile documented the following: -Date reported: 10/17/2011. -Time reported: 05:00 PM.
-BUN (Blood Urea Nitrogen) 143.0 High Panic (Normal 7-30 milligrams/deciliter) -Sodium 172 High Panic (Normal 137-147 milliequivalents/liter) -Chloride 137.8 High Panic (Normal 96-108 milliequivalents/liter) Nurses Notes failed to show that the physician was notified at any time of the high panic laboratory results dated [DATE]. Nurses Notes dated 10/18/2011 starting at 12 midnight noted R1 with increasing restlessness, agitation, deteriorating condition, and that family was notified but not the physician. At 7:20 AM, R1 was noted unresponsive, vital signs unappreciated At 7:35 AM Nurses Notes documented that Z1 (Attending Physician/Medical Director) was notified of R1’s condition. In a phone interview on 2/21/2012 at 5:20 PM, Z1 (Attending Physician/Medical Director) stated that he should have been notified immediately of the critical laboratory results and that they never called him. Z1 said that it was faxed to his office at 10 PM that night (10/17/2011) and that (R1) expired the following morning (10/18/2011). Z1 stated that those critical values can cause a patient to go into [MEDICAL CONDITION] and that as medical information was available, the family could have been provided with options if they wanted to send (R1) out to the hospital or not.”
- Failure to effectively use interventions to prevent falls: “Per record, R2 is a high risk for fall. Care plan dated 11/25/2009, showed that there are interventions to prevent R2 from fall incidents. Some interventions are as follows: bed pad alarm on while in bed; low bed with extra mattress on the floor. Review of incident report showed that R2 fell on [DATE] at 3:00 A.M. Further review of the incident report showed that a nurse heard a noise “help, help” and that R2 was found lying on the floor near bed in her room. This report indicated that R2 was trying to reach for her wheelchair. Review of facility’s fall investigation regarding R2’s fall incident of 12/10/2009 showed that E4 (CNA-certified nurse assistant) who was assigned to R2 at time of fall had failed to turn on the bed pad alarm monitoring device.”
- Failure to use an appropriate mechanical lift device: “Review of the facility’s incident and investigation report dated 6/1/2010 showed that on 5/25/2010, R1 was noted with mild swelling of the right lower leg with pain. It was also indicated that the swelling had increased in size and with continued with pain which had subsequently lead to R1’s hospitalization on [DATE] for further evaluation. The facility’s conclusion for the investigation of this injury indicated that E5, the CNA (certified nurse assistant) assigned to R1 on 5/24/2010 morning shift, had inappropriately transferred R1 from bed to wheelchair and vice versa by failing to use a mechanical lift transfer device. Further review of this facility’s investigation showed that E5 was new to the facility and was not aware that R1 needed a mechanical transfer lift device during transfers.”
Niles, IL Nursing Home Attorneys
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers have on-hand experience in bringing victims of nursing home oversight and their families the respite they deserve. We have handled cases on nursing home negligence in Illinois for both the vulnerable and injured citizens of our community and our high success rate makes us the reliable attorneys you need when handling situations that deal with:
- Bed Sores / Pressure Pores
- Inadequate Transportation Policy
- Dropped Patients
- Fractures/Broken Bones
- Medication Errors
- Physical Abuse
- Repeated Falls
- Patient Wandering
- Wrongful Death
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