Nursing Home Attorneys Prosecuting Kindred Healthcare Cases
Kindred Healthcare is the largest post-acute care service provider in the United States. The Louisville, Kentucky 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 Centere Healthcare Corporation.
Kindred operates six transitional care hospitals in Northeast Illinois including foir 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 effectively treat outside of a care facility
- The patient suffers multiple acute complexities that usually require daily intervention by a specialized physician
Kindred Healthcare Centers are Medicare certified to provide medical transitional environment to patients leaving a traditional hospital setting before entering a nursing facility or returning home.
Transitional Care Services
In an effort 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 32 days on average, utilizing the skilled professional care during recovery to minimize re-hospitalization. In addition, their care centers also provide palliative solutions and support for patients suffering Alzheimer’s and specialized dementia. With access to excellent restorative physical and occupational therapies, many residents are able to 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
In addition, Kindred Healthcare 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
While the centers, facilities, hospitals and homes owned and managed by Kindred Healthcare are known for their quality caregiving, the company is not without legal issues. The corporation has been accused of neglecting many of its residents 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 nursing home abuse and neglect are filed on behalf of surviving family members or victims suffering injuries acquired at a facility. Many cases involve:
- Bedsores (pressure sores, pressure ulcers, decubitus ulcers)
- Repeated slips and falls
- 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 and other residents
- Physical and sexual abuse
In many situations, families have been able to receive financial compensation through lawsuits claiming poor quality medical care, understaffing, deplorable living conditions, lack of training or intentional neglect. When the neglect is repeated or ongoing, it is essential for victims and family members to take legal action to stop the abuse immediately and hold those responsible accountable.
Attorneys Representing Families In Lawsuits Against Kindred
The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have experience handling significant nursing home abuse and wrongful death cases in Illinois and in other jurisdictions. From the time our office is retained, we begin building a case that is most favorable to you. In addition to experienced nursing home injury attorneys who have resolved nursing home cases in all phases of litigation and trial, we also have unique access to experts from across the country whom we regularly call upon to provide insight to jurors and decision makers in a case. Call us now for your free case review.