Nursing homes have a legal and moral obligation to develop an effective care plan to ensure that the resident does not acquire a bedsore (pressure sores; pressure wound; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcers) while in the facility. Even in unassuming bedsore can quickly develop into an open wound that exposes bone, muscle, and tissue that has the potential of leading to a serious infection of the bone (osteomyelitis) or blood (sepsis). Sadly, the Yorkville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered a preventable facility-acquired bedsore that led to a serious decline in their health or led to their premature wrongful death.Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center
Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center is a 79-certified bed for profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Yorkville and Kendall County. The facility is located at:
1308 Game Farm Road
Yorkville, Illinois 60560
As a part of Helia Healthcare, Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center services include:
- Skilled nursing services
- IV therapy
- Respiratory care
- Cardiac care
- Long-term care
- Wound care
- Physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapies
In an effort to provide current information on nursing facilities nationwide, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their databases to reflect recently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns at every nursing home. The updated information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and four out of five stars for health inspections. Even so, our Yorkville nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- to Provide Residents Adequate Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/24/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "conduct a comprehensive pressure sore assessment which includes the analysis of contributing risk factors; the development and implementation of individualized interventions such as repositioning the resident to prevent the development of facility-acquired pressure sores and to promote healing of open wounds.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Hillside Rehabilitation Care Center directly affected three residents at the facility “evaluated for the facility-acquired pressure sores.”
In one incident, the state investigator reviewed a resident’s 04/15/2014 Initial Nursing Admission document that revealed that the resident “had multiple pressure sores, with the largest one on her sacrum [measuring] 3.0 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters surrounded with black eschar” in an unstageable condition. “Her coccyx had a Stage I [pressure sore] with a dressing. On her left center and upper back was a Stage I [pressure ulcer] her left outer foot aspect had a Stage I [bedsore] with addressing. Her right foot had a reddened non-blanchable area on a bony prominence in the outer aspect of her right foot was black and [with a] 1.0 centimeter by 1.5 centimeters” pressure sore in an unstageable condition.
Six days later, the resident’s 04/21/2015 Wound History Report and 1:30 PM 04/23/2015 observation revealed during the resident’s pressure sore treatment that the resident’s “sacral pressure sore worsened to a stage IV [pressure sore measuring] 2.5 centimeters by 3.0 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters.” The investigator also noted that the resident had developed “a new pressure sore in the facility on 03/02/2015 on her left ischium, and her 04/21/2015 Wound History Report showed the wound worsened to a Stage III [measuring] 2.0 centimeters by 1.5 centimeters by 0.6 centimeters.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center failed to follow the facility’s Current Pressure Sore Assessment System that requires the performance of a Braden Scale to determine risk factors and a CAA (Care Area Assessment) “to show the comprehensive assessment. There is no analysis of [the resident’s] risk factors to develop individualized [interventions including] to turn or reposition every two hours and as needed. There is no assessment to show how the facility determined to turn and reposition every two hours [...and upon observation] on 04/21/2015 and 04/23/2015 [the resident] was in her wheelchair for more than two hours.”
If your loved one has suffered injury or an early death caused by a preventable facility-acquired bedsore while residing at any Illinois nursing home including Hillside Rehabilitation and Care Center Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in taking immediate legal action against the facility. Our Kendall County elder abuse attorneys can take appropriate legal measures and begin the process to obtain the financial compensation you and your loved one deserve for your pain and suffering.
We encourage you to contact our Yorkville Illinois nursing home abuse law firm of (888) 424-5757 today to begin the process of successfully resolving your financial compensation claim. We provide a free, no obligation consultation to discuss the merits of your claim and accept all nursing home neglect cases, wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need of making an upfront payment.