Kindred Healthcare Ratings & Violations
Nursing Home Attorneys Prosecuting Kindred Healthcare Cases
Kindred Healthcare is the largest post-acute care service provider in the United States. The Louisville, Kentucky-based corporation operates 118 acute-care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, hospices, and more than 220 nursing facilities in 28 states, including in Illinois.
The company provides transitional care, rehabilitation, nursing, assisted living, at-home assistance, sub-acute care, and skilled nursing. In the first quarter of 2015, Kindred acquired Gentiva Health Services and Center Healthcare Corporation.
Kindred operates six transitional care hospitals in Northeast Illinois, including four in the Chicago Metropolitan area, and additional facilities in Sycamore and Peoria. The two Illinois Gentiva hospices are located in Arlington Heights and Westchester. Kindred Home Health solutions are also available in Rock Island (Gentiva Home Health Rock Island), North Riverside (Girling Home Health North Riverside), Rockford (Kindred At-Home), and Chicago (Kindred At-Home in Lincolnwood and Pingree Grove).
Long-Term Acute Care Available at Kindred Facilities
Many patients with complex medical needs requiring hospitalization usually reach a transitional point of moving from a hospital bed to a long-term acute care facility as a part of recovery. Kindred Healthcare provides valuable long-term acute solutions to ensure the best possible outcome during a patient's healing process. Most patients residing in a Kindred Transitional Care Hospital stay 25 to 30 days on average. Other similarities on average include:
- The patient has acute episodes of several chronic illnesses that are often challenging to treat outside of a care facility effectively
- The patient suffers multiple acute complexities that usually require daily intervention by a specialized physician
Kindred Healthcare Centers are Medicare-certified to provide a transitional medical environment to patients leaving a traditional hospital setting before entering a nursing facility or returning home.
Transitional Care Services
To fill the diverse health needs of residents and patients, Kindred Healthcare provides skilled nursing and rehabilitation at many of its centers in Illinois. Most of its short-term rehabilitation patients stay thirty-two days on average, utilizing skilled professional care during recovery to minimize re-hospitalization. Also, their care centers provide palliative solutions and support for patients who have Alzheimer's and specialized dementia. With access to excellent restorative physical and occupational therapies, many residents can regain their previous quality-of-life.
The care centers also provide the medical expertise of healthcare professionals to patients who require interdisciplinary care. These teams typically involve attending physicians, therapists, medical specialists, licensed and registered nurses, registered dietitians, social workers, nursing assistants, and activity directors to provide services that include:
- Short-term and long-term care
- Orthopedic care
- Cardiac care
- Pulmonary care
- Stroke recovery solutions
- Palliative care
- Nutritional therapies
- Transplant care
- Wound care
- Dementia solutions
- Palliative solutions
- Hospice services
Also, Kindred offers extensive specialty programs to deal with chronic illnesses or meet specific health issues. These programs are based on individualized care performed by highly skilled medical teams using advanced expertise, tools, and knowledge.
Allegations of Poor Care at Kindred Facilities
The centers, facilities, hospitals, and homes owned and managed by Kindred Healthcare are known for their quality caregiving. However, the company is not without legal issues. The corporation has been accused of neglecting many of its residents and their long-term care facilities by providing inferior patient care.
In 2012, the corporation generated over $6.5 billion in total revenue, creating profits of more than $80 million. However, during the same time, its medical malpractice costs totaled more than $70 million. Many surviving family members have filed suit against the corporation seeking justice and financial compensation to cover damages caused by neglect and mistreatment of a loved one residing in a Kindred facility.
Many cases of elder home abuse and neglect are filed on behalf of the decedent's surviving family members or victims suffering injuries acquired at a facility. Many cases of elder abuse involve:
- Bedsores (pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers)
- Repeated slips and falls can be a form of abuse
- Medical and medication errors
- Injuries caused by the lack of monitoring
- Unexplained lacerations, broken bones and fractures
- Altercations involving assault and battery by medical staff members and other residents
- Physical abuse and sexual assault
- Mental and psychosocial problems associated with emotional abuse
In many situations, families have received financial compensation through lawsuits claiming poor quality medical care, understaffing, sexual abuse, deplorable living conditions, lack of training, or intentional neglect. When the abuse is repeated or ongoing, injured elderly adults and family members need to take legal action to stop the senior abuse immediately and hold those responsible accountable.
Kindred Pays out $125 Million to Resolve Claims
In 2016, Kindred, the largest elder home therapy provider in the United States, along with its subsidiaries, negotiated a $125 million settlement to resolve cases involving the company's services. The federal government charged the corporation with violating the US False Claims Act by billing Medicare from unnecessary and unreasonable services to its residents.
The Department of Justice found that the corporation uses schemes to defraud the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid system. The corporation was charged with regularly scheduling unnecessary therapy sessions to ensure they could receive the highest reimbursement from Medicare. In many cases, the resident did not need the care.
Initially, the Justice Department filed the case under the False Claims Act whistleblower provision. The two former Rehab Care employees who came forward to tell officials what the corporation was doing received $23.9 million in compensation for their whistleblowing efforts. Because they step forward, the US Government was able to recover millions of taxpayer dollars.
Malpractice Claims Against Kindred Facilities
Early Death Leads to Lawsuit in this Illinois Nursing Home Case
The events in this dispute mainly occurred at a Kindred facility in Sycamore, Illinois. The male plaintiff had various ailments, including a condition that required a tube to be placed down his throat for breathing.
Improper care might leave a patient open to the risk of pneumonia and oxygen loss. Nursing homes need to put in place policies to make sure this does not happen. Here, this is allegedly not what occurred.
The man's airway became obstructed, and he developed pneumonia, causing him to suffer respiratory distress. The compounding problems led to or helped contribute to his death. Lawyers for the man's estate complained that the facility was negligent and responsible for these series of events.
The lawsuit sought compensation for the economic (i.e., medical expenses) and non-economic (i.e., pain-and-suffering) damages that resulted. Eventually, this case was transferred from Winnebago to Cook County, Illinois, for a trial verdict, arbitration agreement, or negotiated settlement.
Hospital and Nursing Home Sued in This Illinois Bed Sore Case
The seventy-three-year-old patient needed bypass surgery for an aortic valve replacement. Doctors perform the procedure at Provena St. Joseph's Hospital.
What happened next led to the legal dispute. Staff members at his current facility and the Kindred location he was transferred to later did not sufficiently care for him. As a result, he developed bed sores and sepsis. He passed away just a few days after he was sent to the nursing home facility.
Attorneys for the estate sued both the Kindred senior rehabilitation home and the hospital. Their complaint claimed that the two defendants' combined negligence led to and contributed to his death. The complaint sought relief for the tangible (i.e., hospitalization costs) and intangible (i.e., loss of companionship) harms that these errors caused.
Kindred's role in this matter of home neglect was much smaller than the hospital's position. That fact was reflected in the final settlement numbers. In the end, the hospital paid $175,000 to the plaintiffs, and the home settled their portion for and additional $45,000.
Case Filed in Peoria after Abuse Reported at Nursing Home
A patient's doctors transferred her to a Kindred facility after undergoing heart surgery. Staff members diagnosed the woman as suffering from anxiety and restlessness and treated her condition by placing "soft" harnesses around her two wrists.
Next, an employee was charged with bathing her upon admittance to the facility. The nursing home abuse lawyers for the woman claimed that instead of getting a bath, the male certified nurse raped her.
The facility conducted an internal investigation and determined that the claims were without merit. However, the facility administration contacted local law enforcement who arrested the certified nurse.
This case awaits further developments. If successful, the plaintiff could obtain compensation for costs, pain, emotional trauma, and similar damages through a jury verdict or negotiated settlement.
Case Brought Against Will County Nursing Home
This resident experienced a myriad of problems at a Kindred facility in Will County, Illinois. The man was in the facility to receive care for several of his health issues, including kidney disease, quadriplegia, bladder trouble, hypertension, and diabetes. His health conditions all required extensive and constant medical and nursing attention. According to allegations, he did not receive appropriate care. The suit argued that he was neglected to an unreasonable degree.
The substandard care provided by the staff led to the development of his cellulitis, bedsores, and sepsis. As a result, he passed away not long after these events developed. The case sought damages because of the unreasonable care that man received and his wrongful death.
Attorneys Representing Families Injured at Kindred facilities
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