Bedsores (decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers; pressure sores) develop because of a restricted flow of blood to the skin and underlying tissue that often results from prolonged pressure on a specific area of the body. In nursing facilities, developing bedsores are often the result of a lack of repositioning/turning of the resident’s body who are incapable of turning without assistance. In fact, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered life-threatening bedsores due to neglect or mistreatment.
When individuals are unable to reposition their bodies without assistance, families often have no other choice than to place them in a nursing home to receive high-quality care. Unfortunately, the trust that families place in nursing facilities is often broken by the lack of quality care or acceptable standards of treatment, supervision and monitoring when a loved one suffers injuries at the hands of their caregivers.Generations at Columbus Park
Generations at Columbus Park is a for-profit facility that houses 216-certified beds and participates in Medicaid/Medicare. The facility serves the residents of Chicago and Cook County. It is located at:
901 South Austin
Chicago, Illinois 60644
Generations at Columbus Park offers various rehabilitation services involving:
- Joint Replacement
- Amputation Recovery
- Fracture Care
- Stroke Recovery
- Wound Care
- Neuromuscular Disorder Care
- Post-Surgical Mobility Rehabilitation
The skilled nursing services provided at the facility also includes 24-hour care and intermediate, memory care, IV therapy, hospice, pain management and respiratory care.Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Every year, Medicare.gov and other federal agencies routinely update their national databases using comparative information concerning nursing facilities across the United States. Currently, Generations at Columbus Park maintains an overall three out of five stars compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and health concerns and one out of five stars for staffing problems.
Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns involving the facility. Two of these include:
- Provide Adequate Services to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/29/2016, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "provide timely incontinence care, turning and/or repositioning for a resident to prevent the development of a pressure sore.”
The incident was first noted during an observation of a resident on 04/29/2016 at 12:17 PM when the resident was seen “on her back in a reclining chair at the Nurses Station.” More than 2.5 hours later at 2:50 PM, two residents, including the resident noted in the reclining chair were observed positioned on their backs in the reclining chairs pushed up against the wall at the second floor south dining room.” Three CNAs (Certified Nursing Assistants) were with the residents at the time.”
“At the request of the surveyor, [the resident] was transported to her room, transfered to [her] bed and [had her] incontinent brief removed [… that was] soaked with dark amber urine and an apparent Stage II pressure ulcer measuring approximately 1.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters was noted to [the resident’s] coccyx.” The Certified Nursing Assistant said that he had last changed the resident’s brief at “around 10 sometime this morning.” The surveyor asked why the CNA had not checked the resident for more than five hours. The CNA’s response was, “I try to check every two hours but I have other residents to get up [...and] feed. I have too much to do, sometimes I don’t get to them every two hours.”
- Failure to Maintain Drug Records and Properly Label/Mark Medications and Other Similar Products According to Accepted Professional Standards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/15/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the floor stock medication was not expired for two residents.” In addition, the surveyor noted the facility’s failure “to ensure that medications were stored in the container with the pharmacy label.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Generations at Columbus Park affected four residents at the facility.
The surveyor noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s policy titled: Storage of Medications that reads in part “Outdated, contaminated, or deteriorated medications and those in containers that are cracked, soiled, or without secure closures are immediately removed from inventory, disposed of according to procedures for medication disposal.”
If you, or your loved one, have suffered bedsores through unsanitary and unacceptable standards of care while residing at Generations a Columbus Park or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our team of dedicated Cook County elder abuse attorneys can fight aggressively on your behalf to hold those legally accountable for your harm and seek the financial compensation you deserve.
We encourage you to make contact with our Chicago nursing home neglect law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims and nursing home neglect cases on contingency. This means our fees are only paid after we negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement or win your case at trial.