Many families place their loved one in a long-term care home to ensure they receive the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance. Unfortunately, not every care center or rehabilitation facility properly trains their nursing staff, certified nursing aides and caregivers, which can be detrimental to the health and well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have been mistreated, abused or neglected in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Golfview Developmental Center.
Golfview Developmental Center
This LTC Facility is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Des Plaines and Cook County, Illinois. The 135-certified-bed Center is located at:
9555 W. Golf Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Des Plaines LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that every long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Illinois routinely updates their comprehensive list of incident inquiries, safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and opened investigations of Homes statewide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-run facility.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed the deficiencies, safety concerns and health violations at this long-term care home that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Safe Environment That Ultimately Led to the Death of the Resident within One Day of Hospitalization
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to " ensure a serious incident that resulted in the death [of a resident] within the one day of hospitalization was thoroughly investigated to determine whether the facility intervened in a timely manner.” The failure by the nursing staff affected one individual “whom the immediate cause of death was determined to be sepsis and pneumonia.”
The deficient practice involved a 46-year-old resident admitted to the local emergency room on 06/02/2015 “due to an altered mental status and abnormal vitals [vital signs]. While in the hospital, her oxygen level dropped and she was placed on a ventilator upon removal from the ventilator, she died.”
The resident’s 06/04/2015 Medical Certificate of Death documents the date of death occurring on 06/03/2015 as: “Immediate Cause of death… Sepsis (one day), pneumonia… Significant conditions contributing to death – congenital heart disease.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 06/04/2015 Discharge Summary and Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) notes that revealed on 06/02/2015 the resident’s “gait was very unsteady and she fell in her room. The nurse took [the resident’s] vitals and her blood pressure and body temperature were very low in blood sugar was very high.”
The resident “was sent to the emergency room 06/02/2015 and admitted to intensive care unit (ICU).” Prior to transfer to the emergency room, the resident “had been refusing meals since 05/30/2015.” When the QIDP visited the resident on 06/03/2015 the resident “was not conscious or responsive. She died during the night.”
A review of the facilities 06/02/2015 Incident Report revealed that two days prior to the resident’s death on the morning of 06/02/2015, the resident “was lethargic, not responsive unless shaken, had abnormally low blood pressure and low temperature [...and] was first noted to have abnormally low blood pressure at 10:30 AM.” However, the resident “did not leave the facility until 11:48 AM, to be transported to the hospital.”
The investigator asked the QIDP “why there was a 70-minute delay until [the resident] was finally sent to the emergency room.” The in-house nursing professional replied that she “didn’t think it was an emergency because [the resident] sometimes had low blood pressure.” When asked to provide documentation of the resident’s history of low blood pressure, the nursing professional “was unable to provide it.”
The state investigator noted that the facility failed to follow its policy titled: Prompt Reporting to the Illinois Department of Public Health and the facility policy titled: Incidents: The Documentation, Investigation, and Reporting of Incidents and Accidents and Documentation of Behavior Incidents that read in part:
“Objective of the policy: ‘Serious’ means any incident or accident that causes physical harm or injury to the resident.”
“It is the policy of the facility that each incident or accident affecting clients… be thoroughly documented, investigated, and reported… an ‘incident’ shall mean an occurrence (including an accident) which has, or is likely to have, significant effect on the health, safety, or welfare of one or more residents.”
Des Plaines Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Golfview Developmental Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Des Plaines nursing home attorneys have represented clients with victim cases involving abuse and mistreatment. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses or premature death of your loved one due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Cook County abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. There is no need to make an upfront payment because we accept all nursing home claims for compensation on contingency.