Many nursing home residents suffer with skin breakdown and the potential development of a bedsore (pressure wound; pressure ulcer). Without proper care, routine skin assessments and effective treatments using established protocols, any small skin wound can easily degrade to a life-threatening open wound that infects the blood (sepsis), bone (osteomyelitis) or both. Sadly, the Whiting elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered a bedsore that caused significant injury or other premature death that could have been prevented had the nursing staff followed protocols.Hammond-Whiting Care Center
Hammond-Whiting Care Center is a for-profit, 80-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Whiting, Lake County Indiana and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1000 114th ST
Whiting, Indiana 46394
In addition to providing long-term and short-term care, Hammond-Whiting Care Center also provides:
- Wound care
- Dementia care
- Pain management
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Palliative care
- IV therapy
Information on every nursing facility in the United States is available online at Medicare.gov that details a long history of opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints. Currently, Hammond-Whiting Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare comparative analysis star rating summary system.
This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for staffing issues one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Whiting nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Services to Ensure That Every Resident Maintains Their Highest Level of Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure each resident received the necessary treatment and services related to the documentation and assessment of bruises.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Hammond-Whiting Care Center affected four residents “reviewed for non-pressure related skin conditions.”
One failure the nursing staff was first noted at 8:46 AM on 07/10/2015 when the resident “was observed in his room lying in bed. The resident was observed with purple bruising to his left forearm and left elbow. Three days later at 8:34 AM on 07/13/2015 the resident was again “observed in his room alert and oriented. At the time of an interview, the resident indicated that “he was aware of the bruising to his left forearm and left elbow, however, he did not know how they occurred.”
The investigator reviewed the resident’s records at 8:39 AM on 09/13/2015 that included the resident’s 06/18/2015 Current care Plan indicating that “the resident had bruising to his left upper extremity. The interventions included, but were not limited to: complete weekly skin assessments and inspect skin during bathing, especially over bony prominences.” The investigator noted that the resident’s Weekly Skin Integrity Data Collection sheets dated between 07/18/2015 and 06/30/2015 “indicated all the resident’s bruising was resolved on 06/30/2015.
In addition, there was no evidence or documentation related to the resident’s bruising to his left forearm or elbow in the July 2015 Non-Pressure Skin Condition Records, even though the resident clearly had bruising. After an interview with the Wound Nurse at 9:51 AM on 07/13/2015, it was noted that “the resident had bruising to the top of the left forearm and elbow.” The Wound Nurse stated that “the resident would have a skin check on that day during a shower” even though it was noted that no skin assessments have been performed in nearly two weeks.
- Failure to Provide Care to Residents by a Qualified Individual According to the Resident’s Written Plan of Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/16/2015, the investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure a resident’s Care Plan is followed related to timeliness in completing Braden scale assessments and monitoring bruising [for residents] reviewed for pressure sores.” The investigator noted that after a review of a resident’s records an interview with the facility’s MDS Coordinator at 1:08 PM on 07/14/2015 “a new Braden scale assessment had not been completed quarterly as per [the resident’s] care plan.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff in providing care involved the resident with “a Stage IV pressure ulcer with granulation tissue.” The investigator noted that the resident’s June 2015 current and updated Plan of Care “indicated the resident had an alteration in skin integrity related to a Stage IV pressure ulcer on the sacrum. The nursing approach [included the completion of] a Braden scale risk assessment quarterly and as needed.”
If your loved one has been injured or has died prematurely due to neglect by their caregiver while residing at any nursing facility including Hammond-Whiting Care Center Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys can provide legal services on your behalf in filing a claim for financial recovery to cover your damages, losses, and injuries.
Contact our Whiting Indiana nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys in a no obligation, free case evaluation. We accept all nursing home cases through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need for an upfront payment.