One major reason why so many families place a loved one in a nursing home is to ensure their safety at all times. Unfortunately, because of the negligent actions of employees and staff members, serious safety hazards are still present that could cause injury, harm or wrongful death to any resident, especially those who are cognitively impaired, suffer dementia or are frail. Sadly, the Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of caregivers and employees at the facility.
The most common safety hazards in nursing homes include:
- A malfunctioning or nonexistent safety alert system
- Poor lighting in common areas and in residence rooms
- Improperly administering drugs
- Chairs without armrests
- Inadequate or broken handrails
- Slippery surfaces
- Unsanitary conditions
- Resident abuse, neglect or mistreatment
Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center
Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 46-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The facility is located at:
2840 W. Foster Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60625
In addition to skilled nursing care, Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center provides physical, speech and occupational therapies along with wound care.
Chicago Area Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Through routine updates, the state of Illinois and the federal government post currently opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on every nursing facility in the United States international databases. The information can be can be found online at various sites including Medicare.gov. Many families use the federal government’s star rating summary system to make an informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the best standards of care to meet their health and hygiene requirements.
Currently, Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to facilities all across the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for health concerns and two out of five stars for staff issues. However, our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment That is Safe, Comfortable and Clean
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure that the environment is clean, functional, and in good repair.” The investigator also noted that the failure by the nursing staff and employees at Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center “has the potential to affect all 40 residents in the facility.”
The failure was first noted at 1:50 PM on 12/14/2015 when the state investigating team conducted an environmental tour of the facility with the facility’s Food Services Supervisor. Specific failures were observed during the tour that includes: “Hallway ceiling that close to the resident’s dining room had accumulated dust; hallway wall by the ceiling in-between the shower room and the dining room had electrical wires that were not covered; dining room emergency electrical outlet was not properly affixed to the wall. In addition, the Clean Utility Room was not locked and the cabinet under the sink contained a can of paint that was half-full, one gallon-size of perineal wash and a second one that was half-full.”
The investigating team also observed “a half bag of snow melting salt was on the floor under the counter. The cabinet doors were dirty. Both the electrical switch box and electrical wires’ box were open and unlocked with wires sticking out.”
The investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Director of Nursing at 11:00 AM on 12/15/2015 when it was noted that “the Clean Utility Room remained unlocked and the door to the electrical box that was left unsecured was found to be held together with an unsecured metal rod that was about one-foot long.” During an interview with the Administrator at 12:42 AM on the same day, the Administrator stated: “I think we need to put a lock on the [utility room] door to the room.”
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/17/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide a safe environment for four residents [… by] not having a lock on the Clean Utility Room door, the facility exposed these for residents, who are ambulatory and have dementia, to a potential safety hazard.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the employees at Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center failed to follow their own policy titled Preventative Maintenance and Inspections that reads in part:
“A schedule is developed to delineate all inspections that are to be completed on a regular basis. Inspections verify that all equipment and furnishings are in good working order and free from safety hazards.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered from a safety hazard while residing at Foster Health and Rehabilitation Center, or any Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have the skill and experience to assist you in obtaining the financial compensation you deserve. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can protect your rights and hold those responsible for your harm legally accountable.
Contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because all our personal injury cases are accepted on contingency