Slipping and falling in a nursing home is an ongoing problem where many residents suffer traumatic brain injury (TBI), hip fractures or other serious harm. Many of these incidences are the result of poorly trained nursing staff, overcrowded conditions, lack of proper staffing, inappropriate supervision/care and other serious problems. In fact, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims of nursing home mistreatment due to the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Statistics released by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) revealed that nearly 1 million hospital patients and 1.5 million nursing home residents suffer injuries from falling every year. Estimates by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal that approximately 1800 elder residents living nursing facilities lose their lives every year as a result of a fall -related injury.
Kensington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Kensington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 155-bed facility that is for profit. They accept Medicaid and Medicare. Serving Chicago and Cook County, the nursing rehabilitation facility is located at:
3405 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
The Center provides 24-hr skilled nursing care for residents and short-term guests that includes:
- Specialized skin and wound care
- IV therapy
- Pain management programs
- Isolation accommodations
- Hospice care/respite care
- Rehabilitation includes physical, speech, and occupational.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government, through its website portal Medicare.gov, routinely updates their nursing home database comparison tool on every nursing facility nationwide. Currently, Kensington Place Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center maintains an overall one out of five stars rating compared to other facilities in the United States. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures, one out of five stars for staffing and one out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Cicero nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints, opened investigations and safety concerns involving this facility. To these include:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/10/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "provide a safe transfer and follow their transfer policy for transferring a resident.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Kensington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center directly affected two residents at the facility where one resident “had a fall and sustain the subdural hematoma.”
One incident was revealed in a 05/15/2015 6:00 PM resident’s Progress Note, that documents the resident’s “blood sugar level was 428 and his blood pressure was 173 over 101.” At that time, the resident “complained of dizziness upon standing and had an unsteady gait.” The facility Medical Director “was notified and ordered [that the resident] be transferred to the hospital.” Upon return from the hospital, Progress Notes dated 05/17/2015 indicates that “fall precautions to be reinforced and [the resident] needs assistance with ambulation.
However, two days later, the resident “had a fall while transferring from wheelchair to the bed.” The resident “was lying prone on the floor and had a skin tear above the nose. Neurological assessment was done, [and the] physician was notified who ordered an x-ray of facial bones. [The] family was notified.” By the following morning, the resident was observed being “unresponsive been sent to the hospital by emergency services.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/29/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide supervision for a resident attempting to get up from bed unassisted and implement the use of a functioning bed or chair alarm for the resident at risk for falls”. The deficient practice of the nursing staff at Kensington Place Nursing and Rehabilitation Center involved one resident who has a history of falling “who attempted to get out of bed unassisted and fell [… sustaining] a hip fracture.”
The facility’s 02/23/2016 Incident Report indicates that the resident “fell out of bed and was noted lying on the floor with their left leg and hip under the right leg.” The resident’s report indicates that the resident “was sent to the hospital.” An x-ray revealed that the resident suffered “an acutely displaced fracture of the subtrochanteric left femur with overriding of the fracture fragments.”
Upon return to the nursing facility with a left femur fracture, it was noted that two days later on 02/25/2016 at 9:30 AM, the resident’s roommate indicated that the resident “was trying to get out of bed” and fell just after the nurse came in the room telling the resident to remain in bed. At the time of the fall, no alarm sounded even though the resident’s Plan of Care noted the intervention of a bed/chair alarm would be used to alert staff of any postural change in the event that the resident attempted to get out of bed unassisted.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered serious harm, injury or neglect in any nursing facility in Illinois including Kensington Place Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking financial compensation. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can ensure your legal rights are protected. contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to arrange for your free, initial consultation to discuss the merits of your claim.