Families are often tormented when it is time to place an elderly loved one in a nursing home. At many facilities, the lack of quality training, minimal supervision or overcrowding puts nursing home residents in jeopardy. In some situations, the resident will wander away from the facility undetected only to be found later injured or dead. Sadly, the Waukegan nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases in Illinois where residents have been victimized by the negligent actions and careless disregard of the nursing staff.
Our legal team serves as advocates for every resident in Illinois nursing homes. We publish the most current up-to-date information that specifies ongoing investigations, safety concerns, quality of treatment provided and filed complaints against nursing facilities, assisted-living homes and healthcare centers statewide. This information can be used to determine the best possible facility to place a loved one who requires quality skilled nursing care.Lake Park Center
Lake Park Center is a 210-bed health care center providing medical services to residents of Waukegan and Lake County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
919 Washington Park
Waukegan, IL 60085
The facility also provides various services including:
- Life skills training
- Structured behavioral management
- Individual and group counseling
- Health maintenance and prevention
- Medication training
- Health therapies including physical, occupational and speech therapy
The federally run website www.Medicare.gov updates its star reading summaries on nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, assisted-living homes and health care centers nationwide. Currently, Lake Park Center maintains an overall four out of five star rating, which places it above average compared to other nursing facilities across the United States. This includes two out of five stars for staffing, three out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for quality measures.
However, the Waukegan nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous open investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns involving Lake Park Center that include:
- Failure to Provide a Safe, Clean Environment for Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/01/2007, a notation was made in an annual licensure and certification survey that indicates the facility “failed to provide sufficient ventilation in second floor dining room which would allow adjacent non-smoking areas to be smoke-free.” This is in response to an observation where “approximately 20 residents were observed to be smoking cigarettes” during a designated smoking time. However, it was observed that “the room to have a thick fog-like appearance, the odor and the smoke was permeating out of the room into the nurses station and other common areas.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/30/2013, a complaint investigation was opened over the facility’s failure “to thoroughly investigate and report injury of unknown origin to the state agency.” This investigation is in response to two incidences were nursing staff “did not interview any staff or other residents regarding [a resident’s] injury.”
- Failure to Supervise a Resident Who Left the Facility Undetected
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/19/2006, an incident report was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to supervise [a resident] who left the facility without the facility staff knowing that [the resident] had left.” This is in response to an investigation were nursing staff and three other residents were interviewed regarding the resident “leaving the facility. All stated that the front door is guarded, and the only residence with Clarence can leave the building.” The nurse in charge stated that the resident “must have left the facility when the receptionist was talking to someone and did not see [the resident] go out with other residents or visitors. The front door is not alarmed when the receptionist is on duty. All other door alarms were checked and were working.”
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injuries, harm or wandered away while residing at Lake Park Center or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our team of Waukegan Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can take every legal stuff necessary to protect your dignity and rights while holding those responsible for your harm legally accountable.
Contact our law offices today to schedule your free, no-obligation initial consultation by calling (888) 424-5757 or through our online chat rooms. We accept nursing home neglect, abuse and mistreatment cases on contingency. This means you receive immediate legal representation without the need of any upfront fee.