The staff at nursing facilities have a legal responsibility to notify the resident’s doctor and family members of any change in their condition. Alerting the resident’s doctor and responsible Power of Attorney provides every possibility of protecting the resident from additional harm and give the resident access to the highest quality medical care to ensure their well-being. Sadly, the Lombard elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many families who have lost a loved one due to the negligence of the nursing team.
Any injury or harm occurring to a nursing home resident could be a sign of negligence or mistreatment. In many cases, it must be determined if the resident’s grave illness or unexpected death occurred because of questionable circumstances including receiving the wrong medication or from a lack of quality care at a critical time of their life.Lexington Health Care Center – Lombard
Lexington Health Care Center – Lombard is a 215-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility that is part of the for-profit Lexington Health Network Corporation. The facility provides a variety of services and post-acute care to residents of Lombard and DuPage County. The center is located at:
2100 S. Finley Rd.
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Their post-acute care services include:
- Cardiac rehab
- Pulmonary rehab
- Orthopedic rehab
- Wound care
- Therapy: physical, occupational, speech, and respiratory
The facility also offers long-term residence, memory care, and respite.Lombard Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update publicly available information to their nursing home databases to reflect the most recent opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations at every facility in the United States. They post this information on Medicare.gov and other online websites and provide a star rating summary system as a comparative analysis tool for determining the best location to place a loved one who requires the highest level of quality care.
Currently, Lexington Health Care Center – Lombard maintains an overall two of five available star rating when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staff issues and two out of five stars for health concerns. Our Lombard nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these involve:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Physician and Responsible Family Member of Any Change in the Resident’s Condition Including a Decline of Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/22/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "immediately notify the resident’s physician and Power of Attorney when a medication incident was discovered.” The failure by the nursing staff at Lexington Health Care Center – Lombard involved a resident whose “cognition was severely impaired.”
The medication discrepancy was first noted at 3:15 PM on 12/14/2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was preparing the medication to administer to the resident. The LPN noted that medications were “missing from the incorrectly labeled [medication] punch card.” However, the state investigator noted that the LPN “did not notify [the resident’s physician or resident’s POA (Power of Attorney)] or the pharmacy at that time and he discarded the two tablets without administering them.”
The investigator noted that upon an interview with the facility’s Medical Doctor that “he could not address the medication incident which occurred on 11/12/2015 because he had not been notified of the incident.” The Nurse Practitioner at the facility also stated that “she had not been informed of the medication error immediately when it was discovered” but only found out about the incident five days after the resident returned from the hospital.”
- Failure to Minimize Medication Errors Including Administering the Wrong Drug, the Wrong Dose or the Right Medication at the Wrong Time
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/22/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "administer medications as ordered. There were 25 opportunities with five errors resulting in a 20% error rate.”
The deficient practice involved one incident that was first noted at 5:15 PM on 12/14/2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) crushed two pills to administer to a resident. At that time, the LPN poured the crushed tablets from the plastic pouch into a medication cup. Remnants of the crushed medication remain in the bottom of the pouch when [the LPN] threw the pouch away, resulting in [the resident] not receiving the full dosage of [their medication].”
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or died prematurely while residing in any nursing home facility in Illinois including Lexington Health Care Center – Lombard, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help explain your rights. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can investigate your claim to determine the level of financial compensation you and your family deserves for your loss and damages.
We encourage you to contact our Lombard Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation full case review. Because we accept all personal injury claims for compensation, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee agreements, we are only paid for our legal services after we win your case at trial or negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.