Nursing facilities are supposed to provide the highest level of care to residents who require special services including those that are fed through gastronomy (GT) feeding tubes. Without proper care, the resident can quickly develop infections or other serious conditions including nasal-pharyngeal ulcers, pneumonia, and dehydration. Sadly, the Elmhurst elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have suffered needlessly by the negligent actions of the nursing staff when providing substandard care.Lexington Square of Elmhurst
Lexington Square of Elmhurst is a 142-certified bed for profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Elmhurst and DuPage County. The facility is located at:
420 W. Butterfield Rd.
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Senior living options provided at Lexington Square of Elmhurst include independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing care.Elmhurst Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To provide the most current information on nursing homes throughout the United States, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their facility databases to reflect recently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. The updated information is found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Lexington Square of Elmhurst maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to all other nursing facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for health inspections. However, our Elmhurst nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Proper Treatment to Residents That Require a Feeding Tube That Result in Dehydration, Diarrhea, Pneumonia Nasal-Pharyngeal Ulcers and Others
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure staff positioned a resident who is receiving a gastronomy tube (GT) feeding to prevent potential aspiration pneumonia.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to maintain gastronomy tube site free from drainage secretion and [a failure to] provide oral care.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Lexington Square of Elmhurst directly affected one resident at the facility.
As a part of the investigation, and observation of the resident was made at 10:30 AM on 07/22/2015 who was “lying in her bed asleep in a supine position [with an infusing] gastronomy tube feeding.” The resident’s “bed was not elevated, her head was flexed and turned to her left [...and] right foot has foot drop and was hitting the foot board [...and the resident’s] mouth and lips were dry.”
Observation of the resident on the following day on 07/23/2015 at 10:15 AM revealed the resident “was lying in her bed asleep, large amounts of mucus secretion were hanging down her left cheek. Part of the mucus secretion was drying. At this time, a nurse providing the resident care did a “gastronomy tube site dressing change.” The resident’s “gastronomy tube site had dried crusted secretion on and around the site [...and] there was moderate amount of drainage on the site [...and] the bottom of the tube anchor plate also had a thick layer of dried drainage built up.” The nurse “had to soak the tube site, anchor with saline to dislodge the drainage dry deposits.”
The nurse “stated the night shift does the GT dressing change in the site should be clean [...and stated that] she will provide oral care as soon as she is done with the dressing change.” The investigator noted that the resident’s 06/10/2015 GT Care Plan failed to show any intervention “for positioning or for the dressing change.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure Certified Nursing Aides follow the safety procedures and measures which physical therapy assessed for one resident [who] required to be transferred in a safe manner.”
An observation was made of the resident at 2:30 PM on 07/23/2015 after the removal of a large dressing from the resident’s “right outer leg. Under this large dressing, [the resident] had an extremely long sutured wound in the shape if a big inverted seven with multiple sutures along the length of the wound [...and] had a large black and yellow bruising to the back of her knee.” The nurse providing care “said the wound and bruising occurred when [the resident] was being transferred by two Certified Nursing Aides… [Where the resident’s] skin was torn away from the muscle” requiring “17 sutures to close her wound.”
If your loved one has suffered an injury due to the negligent actions of their caregivers while residing at Lexington Square of Elmhurst or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can assist you throughout the process of filing and resolving a claim for financial compensation against the nursing facility and all staff members who caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Elmhurst Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a no obligation, free case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because we accept all personal injury claims and lawsuits through contingency fee agreements.