Attorneys for Patients Abused & Neglected at Garlands of Barrington
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By law and nursing home regulations, every nursing facility in the United States is required to investigate and report any sign of abuse or allegation of abuse for an incident that involves an injury of unknown origin. When the nursing staff and Administrator fail to do so, it could place the health and well-being of the resident in immediate jeopardy. Sadly, the Barrington elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have handled many cases where the resident suffered serious injury or premature death due to abuse that occurred at the nursing facility by staff members, other residents, employees or visitors.
Garlands of Barrington
Garlands of Barrington is a 20-certified bed Medicare-participating continuing care retirement community providing nursing services to residents of Barrington and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
6000 Garlands Lane
Barrington, Illinois 60010
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, Garlands of Barrington also provides assisted-living and independent living options along with memory care, rehabilitation services, respite care and home healthcare.
Barrington Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families have adequate and historical information on nursing homes throughout the United States, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases. The information provided reflects the history of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns with the results posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Garlands of Barrington maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for health inspections. However, our Barrington nursing home abuse lawyers have found a history of serious deficiencies, complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report or Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/07/2014, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "report and conduct a thorough investigation of injuries of an unknown origin to rule out abuse.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for accidents and incidences.”
One failure was first documented in a resident’s 12/26/2013 Nurse’s Notes that “show the staff heard [the resident] calling for help and noticed him on the floor by the closet area on his right side in a lying position with blood on the floor on his right parietal area.” The staff noted that the resident’s “right parietal laceration measured 8.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters which required 13 staples to repair the laceration at the local hospital emergency room.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s 12/26/2015 incident revealed that “no one witnessed the incident and had no documentation to show that the facility interviewed anyone to gather the information and circumstances surrounding the incident. The facility did not investigate [the resident’s] 12/26/2013 incident involving right parietal area laceration to rule out abuse.” It was also noted that “the facility did not report the incident to the [State] Department.”
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Abuse and Involuntary Seclusion
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/27/2013, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to supervise [the resident] in the beauty shop.” The incident was first discussed with the state surveyor by the facility’s Administrator who said “it’s the [resident’s] custom to go out with her private aide or her son. We thought she was out with one of them. At dinner time we started looking for [the resident who was subsequently] found in the beauty shop.” The resident told the nursing staff “she was okay [saying] ‘I wasn’t worried, I just looked out the window at people passing by’.”
The Administrator also said that the resident “had no complaints [...and] did not miss any medications [...and] was not wet or messy [...and] did not have any skin breakdown [...and] did not have any signs or symptoms of dehydration.” It was noted that the resident’s “doctor said she did not need to be sent out.”
Another member of the nursing staff said that the resident “didn’t seem to mind being left in the beauty shop [...and] told me ‘I slept a little and enjoyed looking out the window at the people going by’.” The investigator noted that as a part of the facility’s 08/13/2015 Incident Investigation documented that “the resident went to the beauty shop at 1:00 PM and was left alone in the beauty shop from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM without supervision.”
Barrington Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered from abuse or involuntary seclusion while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Garlands of Barrington, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can intervene on your family’s behalf. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can investigate your case and begin the process of assisting you in obtaining the financial compensation your loved one and family deserves.
We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee arrangements as a way to avoid paying upfront legal fees. To schedule your free, no-obligation case consultation, we urge you to contact our Barrington nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757.