Bella Terra Bloomingdale
Formally Lexington of Bloomingdale
Nursing home residents are often the victims of abuse and neglect, which can cause a decline in their health or even death. The staff at these facilities are entrusted with caring for our elderly loved ones and should be held accountable when they fail in this responsibility.
Fortunately, more and more nursing home residents are starting to speak out about the abuse and neglect that they have suffered. Speaking up shines a light on this issue and forces those responsible to answer for their actions.
Do you suspect your loved one is the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect at Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale)? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can provide immediate legal intervention to hold the care center financially accountable.
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Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale)
Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale is a 166-certified Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit facility that is part of the Lexington Health Network, providing services to residents of Bloomingdale and DuPage County.
Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale) is located at:
165 S. Bloomingdale Rd.
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108
Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale) offers:
- Cardiac rehabilitation
- Pulmonary rehab
- Orthopedic rehab
- Wound care
- Occupational therapy
- Physical therapy
- Speech therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Skilled nursing care
- Memory care
- Medications management
- Senior living options
- Respite care
- Long-term and short-term healthcare services
- Independent living
- Assisted senior living options with semi-private rooms
Bloomingdale Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
As a part of federal and state law, nursing home regulators routinely update their databases to keep the public informed of currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns, and health violations of facilities nationwide.
The updated information is posted on numerous websites, including Medicare.gov, a recognized comparative website used by many families to make informed decisions about where to place a loved one requiring the highest level of health and hygiene care.
Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale) maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other facilities throughout the United States. This rating includes four out of five stars for quality measures and health inspections and one out of five stars on staffing issues.
Our Bloomingdale skilled nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
Failure to Respond Appropriately to All Alleged Violations – Deficiency #F0610
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 22, 2022, the State investigators determined that Bella Terra Care Center of Bloomingdale "failed to ensure that an allegation of staff pushing a resident's head backward during a transfer using a mechanical lift was thoroughly investigated."
In March 2022, a resident with a risk of episodic seizures told a State investigator that sometime in October 2021, "he hit his head in the overhead metal bar of the mechanical lift" while two certified nursing assistants transferred him from the bed to the wheelchair.
The Lexington Health Care Center resident stated that the CNAs pushed his head back so hard to ensure he did not hit his head on the metal bar again, causing seizures.
A family member stated that the incident happened on October 17, 2021, while the CNAs lifted the resident via a mechanical lift. The family member said that pushing his head backward caused his seizure activity.
CNA Negligence Likely Resulted in The Resident's Catatonia
The family member stated that the Lexington Health Care Center patient "was in a catatonic state for several days. The CNAs only found out about the incident when the resident came out of his catatonia. Reports indicate that the CNAs reported the incident to the facility administrator on November 6, 2021, after the patient had returned to the facility.
The facility administrator told the certified nursing assistants that she would investigate the incident thoroughly. However, both certified nursing assistants still worked in the unit after the investigator "informed them after investigating it, that there was no evidence that the incident happened."
The Lexington Health Care Center Assistant Director of Nursing stated that the resident's family did not report the incident until the patient returned to the facility. At this point, both certified nursing assistants "denied the incident."
Failure to Provide Appropriate Treatment and Care According to Orders, Resident's Preferences and Goals – Deficiency #F0684
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated November 5, 2019, the State investigators documented that Bella Terra Care Center of Bloomingdale "failed to identify that a resident receiving palliative care services experienced a change in conditions due to serious injury sustained from a fall."
Investigators reviewed the resident's progress notes and medical records showing that a facility CNA (certified nursing assistant) heard the patient screaming at 9:35 AM on October 21, 2019. The CNA saw the patient lying on the floor on her right side.
A review of the resident's documentation revealed a history of contractures of both knees. The resident's comprehensive pain assessment revealed she was experiencing a pain level of 6 on a scale between one and 10. The resident's doctor stated there was no need for an x-ray that a nurse practitioner on-call had previously ordered.
Screaming She Wanted To Go To The Emergency Room
A licensed practical nurse stated that she cared for the patient that morning, who refused to get out of bed and was still "screaming in pain and wanting to go to the emergency room." The LPN stated that the resident "does not usually talk about the hospital."
The Lexington Health Care Center LPN gave her scheduled acetaminophen (Tylenol), but the patient complained of pain, saying, "yesterday, I felt." The LPN asked their supervisor for something stronger to address the resident's pain, but the supervisor "did not want to order anything stronger than acetaminophen" for fear that it would increase the resident's confusion.
Right Femur Acute, Comminuted Fracture
Three days after the fall, on October 24, 2019, the patient was transferred to the hospital after the family ordered the resident's primary care physician to be changed.
The resident's x-ray results showed she had a "right femur acute, comminuted fracture (more than two fragments), and her left femur showed an acute displaced distal left femoral fracture (bone broken above the knee and the bones no longer lineup)."
The physician on duty stated that the fractures "were not pathological nature because they occurred in both legs."
How a Skilled Nursing Homes Fall Can Lead to the Resident's Declining Health or Death
All skilled nursing homes, assisted living centers, and senior living communities must provide their patients with a safe environment free from accident hazards that could lead to falls.
Many people seem to think falling is just an issue of bruises and a few days of discomfort. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Skilled nursing home falls can lead to the resident's declining health or death in several ways.
One way falls can lead to the resident's declining health or death is by causing them to fracture their hip. Hip fractures are prevalent in elderly individuals, and they often require surgery to repair them. Unfortunately, surgery is not always successful, and many patients who fracture their hip die.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the leading factors contributing to falls in senior care facilities, including Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale), involve:
- Lack of Supervision: Many disabled individuals and seniors living in nursing homes require ongoing supervision and assistance by nurses and nurses' aides to prevent falling. When staffers are short-staffed or overworked, they may not be able to provide the necessary supervision, which can lead to falls.
- Poor Lighting: Dim or inadequate lighting can make it difficult for patients to see obstacles or steps leading to a fall.
- Inappropriate Footwear: Wearing improper or no shoes at all can increase the likelihood of a fall, as can high heels for women and slippery dress shoes for men.
- Unstable Surfaces: Falls often occur when patients step on an unstable surface, such as a wet floor, cracked pavement, or uneven ground.
- Limited Mobility: Limited mobility can make it difficult for patients to get around, leading to falls when they try to do too much too quickly.
- Poor Balance: Poor balance is another common contributor to falls, as is age-related muscle weakness.
- Limited Awareness: Some patients may not be aware of their surroundings or may not be able to react quickly enough if they start to lose their balance. Minimal awareness can be hazardous in a dangerous area like a kitchen or bathroom.
- Health Conditions: Certain health conditions – such as dizziness, diabetes, and arthritis – can increase the risk of falls.
- Medications: Many medications taken by seniors can cause dizziness or drowsiness and increase the fall risk.
- Alcohol Consumption: Drinking alcohol can also impair balance and increase the likelihood of a fall.
Bloomingdale Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
Has your loved one suffered serious injury or death due to mistreatment complications while residing at Bella Terra Bloomingdale (Lexington Health Care Center – Bloomingdale)? Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can provide legal assistance.
Our senior living elder abuse attorneys can take immediate legal action to ensure all those responsible for causing your loved one harm are held legally and financially accountable.
To successfully resolve your claim for financial compensation, we encourage you to contact our Bloomingdale, Illinois, nursing home abuse law firm today by calling (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form.
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