The increasing numbers of the aging population have caused a significant influx of new nursing facilities opening their doors purely driven for profit. Many of these facilities fill nursing positions with less-experienced staff members or reduce the number of staff required in an overcrowded facility. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered from neglect, abuse, and mistreatment at the hands of their caregivers.
Nursing homes, assisted living centers, and retirement communities are expected to provide reasonable care to residents by qualified employees. This duty of care extends to the doctors, nurses, and every employee or health aid worker at the facility to ensure that the resident’s medical and hygiene needs are met on a continuous basis.
Sadly, many facilities lack proper supervision or don’t take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of every resident. As a result, many victims suffer emotional, physical or mental abuse, and often failed to report being mistreated for numerous reasons including mental incapacity, reluctance due to fear of retaliation or not recognizing that the action of their caregivers is abusive or neglectful.Glen Saint Andrew Living Community
Glen St. Andrew Living Community is a 55-certified bed community that participates in both Medicare and Medicaid. The for-profit assisted living and retirement community provides round-the-clock skilled nursing services to residents of Nile and Cook County. The facility is located at:
7000 North NewarkNiles Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Niles, Illinois 60714
Federal and state nursing home regulators routinely update information on nursing facilities nationwide and post the data on their website Medicare.gov. Currently, Glen St. Andrew Living Community maintains a four out of five available star rating compared with other facilities nationwide. 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 staffing issues.
However, our Niles nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Failure to Provide an Adequate Level of Supervision to Avoid Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/15/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "maintain an environment free of hazards [for one resident at the facility] reviewed for hazards.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Glen Saint Andrew Living Community was revealed 10:20 AM on 10/13/2015 during a surveyor’s initial tour where it was found that a resident had “a knife on [the resident’s] bedside table under some papers.”
As a part of the investigation, surveyor noted that the resident demonstrated “that the knife is used to cut his tomatoes.” The surveyor interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing that stated, “he’s uncooperative and noncompliant. He doesn’t let us in his room.” The Director of Nursing also stated that “the knife was taken out yesterday and replaced with a plastic one.” However, the resident “is upset with maintenance because we were cleaning the room. We’re going to be doing daily room checked with maintenance, nursing, and the night shift.
The surveyor reviewed the facility’s 01/01/2013 Hazard Policy and April 2007 Resident Safety Policy that “does not address knives in the resident’s possession.
- Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Services and Care to Ensure They Maintain Their Highest Level of Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/15/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "follow physician’s orders.” The first was noted at 1:50 PM on 10/13/2015 when the resident was observed “resting in bed” with an IV of one liter with potassium “infusing into the left arm.” The surveyor noted that it was a manual dial drip regulator being used set at 62 ccs per hour.
The surveyor conducted an interview with the facility Nurse at 1:55 PM that same day who stated that “we don’t have any IV pumps in the house. The infusing rate should be [set] to deliver 62 ccs per hour and 104 ccs per hour. As a part of the investigation, the surveyor interviewed the facility’s physician on 10/14/2015 who stated that “they (staff nurses) usually follow my orders. I expect them to follow my orders.” The physician also stated that the Director of Nursing “called me and said that [the resident] was getting a little more of the IV fluids.”
If your loved one is suffered injury, harm or neglect while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Glen Saint Andrew Living Community, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in evaluating your claim for financial compensation. Our team of dedicated Niles elder abuse attorneys has years of experience in a comprehensive understanding of Illinois tort law.
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