Attorneys for Patients Mistreated at Lutheran Home for the Aged

Lutheran Home for the Aged Lutheran Home for the Aged

Lutheran Home for the Aged is a 274 bed nursing home located in Cook County, Illinois at:

 Lutheran Home for the Aged
800 West Oakton Street
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Website: http://www.lutheranlifecommunities.org/lutheran-home/

According to state nursing home data, the patients at Lutheran Home for the Aged are primarily admitted for the care relating to the following areas:

  • Alzheimer Disease
  • Neoplasms
  • Endocrine/Metabolic
  • Circulatory System
  • Blood Disorders
  • Nervous System
  • Mental Illness
  • Developmental Disability
  • Respiratory System
  • Digestive System
  • Genitourinary System Disorders
  • Skin Disorders
  • Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
  • Other Medical Conditions
Concerning Findings Regarding Patient Care At Lutheran Home for the Aged

According to data from nursing home surveys conducted by the Illinois Department of Health other agencies, there have been numerous episodes of poor patient care at Lutheran Home for the Aged which can be construed as nursing home negligence. Our nursing home attorneys reviewed data compiled by ProPublica and found the following conditions that can be construed as nursing home negligence:

  • Failure to implement (in policy) a release time for the self-release seat belts of residents “On 3/6/12 during the hours of 10:00am and 3:00pm, R21 was observed at 10-15 minute intervals sitting in the wheel chair with a quick release seat belt. R21 released the seat belt several times. Every time, R21 released the seat belt, the staff re-fastened the seat belt. While seated in the wheel chair, R21’s seat belt was not released for any length of time longer than it took the staff to approach R21 and re-fasten the seat belt. On 3/7/12 at 12:14pm, R25 was consuming lunch while wearing a self release seat belt. E12 (Nurse) was in the dining room and did not ask R25 to release the seat belt for the meal. Neither did E12 release R25’s seat belt. E12 stated “we don’t release it during meals.” On 3/7/12 at 12:47pm, E11 stated that R25 has the seat belt because R25 has a history of falls. E11 further stated that it is the same protocol for everyone to have the seat belts released during the lunch meal only. The facility’s Restraints Physical and Restraint Reduction policy documents: Restraint alternatives-Velcro, or quick release belts. The policy documents that restraints must be released every two (2) hours. The policy does not specify when the quick release belts are to be released. The policy does not document care interventions for the resident while the seat belt is in place. “
  • Failure to investigate allegations of patient abuse: “Based on interview and record review, the facility failed to investigate an allegation of staff to resident physical abuse and failed to report the abuse allegation to the state agency involving 1 resident (R19) of 7 residents reviewed for abuse/neglect in a sample of 30, and also failed to report a fall incident that required hospitalization to the state agency for 1 resident (R21) of 7 residents reviewed for abuse/neglect in a sample of 30. A review of the Daily Skilled Nurse’s Note dated 2/25/12 documented that R19 complained, “The guy pushed me hard this morning when I got up. No one will listen to me. There is no documentation noted that a physical assessment of R19 was performed after the abuse allegation. According to the same Daily Skilled Nurse ‘ s Note, E21 (Social Services/Abuse Coordinator) was notified on 2/25/12 at 9:00 am regarding the alleged abuse incident. On 3/7/12 at 2:45 pm, E21 stated, “I assessed the situation and did not start an abuse investigation. Family was not called about the incident.” The alleged abuse incident was not reported to IDPH. E21 further stated that she is the abuse coordinator. “
  • Failure to provide a safe and sanitary environment to prevent the development and transmission of disease and infection: “During the noon time medication pass observation on 1/12/2010 on 2 A resident occupied unit, E10
    (nurse) was observed preparing the medication cart for administration, E7 stated that 2A Unit has 1 glucometer machine (blood glucose monitoring machine) being used for 3 residents. E10 also stated that she cleans the glucometer unit with a disposable cleansing cloth. E10 showed to surveyor the cleansing cloth. The disposable cleansing cloth has a manufacturer label indicating that this cleansing cloth does not have component to sanitize or cleanse the machine that will get rid of blood borne bacteria [MEDICAL CONDITION]. Review of facility’s policy for proper cleansing of the glucometer showed to use a disposable cloth that has a 1:10 solution of bleach in order to kill blood borne pathogens and prevent spread of infection. The glucometer machine’s manufacturer’s label also showed to use a 1:10 bleach solution to appropriate sanitize the machine in between resident usage.” On 8/18/11 at 11:30 AM, R6 was in bed in slight to moderate lower back pain. The water pitcher was on top of the overbed table across the room which was by the roommate’s bed and out of reach.”
  • Failure to ensure the area is free from accident hazards or provide adequate supervision: “Clinical record reviewed on 1/12/11, noted R22, a 95 y/o female admitted to facility on 5/22/10 for multiple falls at home resulting in femur fracture. Diagnosis include Dementia, Psychosis (paranoid delusions), Femur Fracture surgery, Osteoporosis, Depression and Macular Degeneration. On 8/22/10, R22 took off alarm got up to go to bathroom-had no shoes on and slid down on bathroom floor. On 12/28/10, R22 was found on floor in her room. MDS triggers care plan intervention for falls on 5/28/10, interventions (placing alarm on and placing shoes on resident when up) were not effective, subsequently, R22 fell again on 12/28/10. Goals to prevent R22 were not met and interventions were not effective.”
  • Failure to store, cook, and serve food in a safe and clean way. “Based on observations and interviews, the facility failed to follow its policy to cover food stored in the walk-in freezer, store foods in a clean manner and holding a door open with proper equipment. This potentially places all residents at risk of foodborne illness.”
Arlington Heights, IL Nursing Home Attorneys

The Illinois Nursing Home Attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent families and individuals who have suffered an episode of abuse or neglect during an admission to a facility. Many of our nursing home lawsuits involve the following situations:

  • Bed Sores / Pressure Pores
  • Dropped Patients
  • Fractures
  • Medication Errors
  • Physical Abuse
  • Repeated Falls
  • Patient Wandering
  • Wrongful Death
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If your loved one has been abused during his or her stay in Lutheran Hoe for the Aged or any other nursing home facility in Illinois, we advise you to please step forward by contacting any of our nursing home attorneys through this number (888) 424-5757 or through our online chat rooms.

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Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are take from public sources including the State Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility at least every fifteen months. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers cannot confirm that the content on this site is the most recent information related to the facilities mentions.

The inspection findings published are not complete. You may find the most up to date information here: dph.illinois.gov or medicare.gov.

The deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility noted or by any governmental agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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