To ensure the health, safety and protection of all residents in nursing facilities, nursing home administrators, and staff members must develop, implement and enforce effective policies against abuse and neglect. As a part of the procedures and protocols, the nursing facility must anticipate every possible outcome caused by an abusive caregiver, employee or other resident. Unfortunately, the Lake Forest elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents in nursing facilities who have been victimized by their caregivers or other residents in their nursing home.
State and federal regulators mandate that every nursing facility creates protocols involving screening, training, prevention, identification, investigation, protection and reporting/responding to any incident of abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Even if the abuse or neglect cannot be instantly identified, the resident must be protected from any immediate harm.
Lake Forest Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit
Lake Forest Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit is a 40-certified bed Medicare-participating nonprofit skilled nursing facility serving residents of Lake Forest and Lake County, Illinois. The hospital is located at:
660 N. Westmoreland Rd.
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Lake Forest Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Every year, federal and state regulatory agencies routinely update their nursing home databases and post the information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Many families use this information to make well-informed decisions on where to place a loved one in a nursing facility within their local community.
Currently, Lake Forest Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and health concerns. However, our Lake Forest nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce a Policy That Prevents Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/22/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "develop and implement an abuse policy that included the seven steps of process of screening, training, prevention, identification, investigation, protection and reporting/response” of any incident involving abuse, neglect or mistreatment. The deficient practice by the nursing staff and administration at Lake Forest Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit “had the potential to affect all 15 residents residing in the facility.”
The failure by the administration and nursing staff at the facility was first recognized during an investigation on 09/21/2015 where it was revealed that the facility’s 09/16/2015 policy titled: Abuse Screening, Assessment, and Intervention Policy “does not include a procedure for screen of potential employees for history of abuse or for training of current employees regarding abuse. The policy does not include procedures on how to prevent abuse, identify abuse, investigate an allegation of abuse, protect the resident during the investigation, or when to report to the State Agency and all other agencies as required.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor interviewed the facility’s Administrator at 11:00 AM on 09/22/2015 who said that “the current policy does not contain the seven components that an abuse policy should, but they are currently working on a policy that does.”
- Failure to Provide Necessary Services and Care to Ensure That Every Resident Maintains Their Highest Well-Being
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated 09/22/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "apply the correct dressing that is ordered according to [the resident’s] Plan of Care.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to notify the physician for new wound orders after [the resident’s] wrap treatments were complete.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s electronic physician’s orders and found that the resident “had no new wound orders after physical therapy” had been completed. During observation at 12:10 PM on 09/21/2015, the investigator noted that the resident “was sitting in her chair and had a compression stocking on her right lower leg [that was] removed by a registered nurse.” Upon removal of the gauze bandage roll, it was noted that the resident had “a tan colored regular foam dressing dated September 17 [4 days earlier]. The dressing had a moderate amount of dried bloodied drainage on it.”
The surveyor also noted that the removal of the dressing revealed a wound measuring “4.4 centimeters by 0.4 centimeters.” While the Registered Nurse “applied a blue antibacterial foam dressing and wrap [the resident’s] right calf with a gauze bandage roll” the Registered Nurse “did not wash or moisturize the lower extremity with Hydro guard cream [...and] did not apply a non-adherent dressing before applying the blue antibacterial foam dressing.”
Lake Forest Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been victimized by caregivers or other residents while residing in Lake Forest Hospital Skilled Nursing Unit or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal interventions. Our team of dedicated Lake Forest elder abuse lawyers has extensive experience in negotiating and litigating cases involving abuse and neglect.
To successfully resolve your claim for financial compensation, we encourage you to make contact today with our Lake Forest nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims for recompense through contingency fee agreements, meaning no upfront payment is required.