Many residents in nursing facilities in Illinois need a higher level of care due to incontinence or because they require an indwelling urinary catheter to control their flow of urine. Unfortunately, many facilities are overcrowded, understaffed or fail to provide adequate training of their nursing staff to ensure the health and the well-being of the resident remains the highest priority of their daily duties. Sadly, the Aurora elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered serious harm or a wrongful death due to a preventable infection caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Jennings Terrace is an 8-certified bed nonprofit Medicaid-accepting facility providing services to residents of Aurora and Kane County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
275 South LaSalle
Aurora, Illinois 60505
In addition to providing skilled nursing services, the facility also offers assisted living options, independent living solutions, and memory care.
Aurora Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families make the most informed decision before placing a loved one in a nursing home, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most currently filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations safety concerns at every facility nationwide. The updated information is then posted online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Jennings Terrace maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. However, our Aurora nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving the facility that include:
- Failure to Provide a Level of Care to Ensure That the Resident Does Not Develop a Urinary Tract Infection and Instead Restores the Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/16/2011, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide appropriate care/services for [a resident at the facility within] indwelling urinary catheter.” The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff at Jennings Terrace failed to “prevent possible urinary tract infection [UTI].” The deficient practice “resulted in this resident experiencing multiple reinsertions of his indwelling catheter, treatment for urosepsis and penial pain.”
The failure was first documented on 12/16/2011 when the resident “was observed sitting in the day room… confused and dependent upon the staff.” At the time, the resident “had an indwelling urinary catheter and a PICC line for antibiotic therapy.” The nurse providing care to the resident was interviewed that same day and “when asked why [the resident] had a PICC line responded: ‘he [the resident] had urosepsis (infection of the urinary system). He plays with his private area a lot. He has a catheter. That’s when it all started, when he pulled it out, his catheter’.”
The nurse told the investigator that the resident “is redirected multiple times not to pull his catheter out, but [the resident] keeps pulling it out.” The investigator asked the nurse “why [the resident] pulled his catheter so many times.” The nurse responded “he can be resistive. He can pull it out when alone in his room. He has periods of confusion [...and is] like a four-year-old or five-year-old sometimes.”
The nurse was asked to present “any physician orders for the care and services of [the resident’s] catheter. After review of [the resident’s] clinical record, [the nurse] said she could not find any physician’s orders for the catheter size to replace [the resident’s] indwelling catheter or daily care of [his] catheter.”
The investigator noted that after reviewing the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) and TAR (Treatment Administration Record) that there was no documentation “of nursing staff providing daily care/services for [the resident’s] indwelling catheter.” The investigator noted the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s policy titled Care of Indwelling Catheter, that reads in part:
“The purpose of catheter care is to prevent possible urinary tract infections from bacteria spreading from the. Area… Peri-care is to be given twice a day in the morning and evening…”
At the conclusion of the investigation, it was noted that “this was not documented as being done.”
Aurora Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered serious injury or wrongful death due to an avoidable infection caused by the negligence of the nursing staff at any Illinois nursing facility, including Jennings Terrace, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide numerous legal options to assist you in seeking the financial compensation your family deserves. Our Kane County elder abuse attorneys can protect your rights and the rights of your loved one by holding all those responsible for causing harm both legally and financially accountable.
To ensure that your case for compensation is successfully resolved, we urge you to make contact with our Aurora nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. We offer free, no obligation case evaluations to determine the merits of your case. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home neglect claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we provide all legal services immediately and are only paid once we have resolved your case by winning your lawsuit at trial or negotiating an acceptable financial amount through an out-of-court settlement.