Any failure by staff members in long-term care facilities to follow procedures and protocols involving infectious diseases could place the health and well-being of every resident in immediate jeopardy. Unfortunately, the spread of infection is an all too common occurrence because nearly all nursing home residents are confined and clustered in an enclosed environment participating in group activities and eating meals together in the dining room. In fact, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who are suffered serious injury caused by preventable infectious diseases acquired while living in a facility.ManorCare of Libertyville
ManorCare of Libertyville is a 150-certified bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Libertyville and Lake County Illinois. The facility is located at:
1500 S. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
The facility provides long-term and short-term residential care which includes dementia care, assisted living, and independent living. The center also offers post-hospital rehabilitation, skilled nursing care, and rehabilitation for orthopedic injury or replacement along with care for heart disease, stroke, neuromuscular disease, complex wound care, and oncology care.Libertyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies annually update their nursing home databases and post the information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. The star rating system comparative information provides many families information they need to determine the best nursing facilities in their community.
Currently, ManorCare of Libertyville maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to other nursing facilities throughout the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues.
Our Libertyville nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Ensure that Residents Are Provided Adequate Care That Prevents Urinary Tract Infections or the Need to Use Catheters
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/15/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "ensure that an indwelling catheter bag was not positioned on the floor.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare of Libertyville affected one resident at the facility.
This was first noted at 12:45 PM on 11/02/2015 when a resident’s “indwelling catheter bag was hanging from the side of her bed with the valve positioned on the floor.” Thirty minutes later 1:15 PM, a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) stated that “she did not notice anything wrong with the way the catheter bag was positioned but also stated that [the resident] has had a lot of urinary tract infections and the color of her urine is always dark.” 45 minutes later, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) “emptied the indwelling catheter bag into a plastic container. After emptying the bag [the CNA] placed the bag back in the same position with it about resting on the floor.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing fifteen minutes later at 2:15 PM who stated that “the catheter bag should not be positioned on the floor.” The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s November 2011 policy titled Catheter Care that states in part, “Check the tubing is not looped, Ting, clamped or positioned above the level of the bladder and off the floor – place bag and catheter bag holder if appropriate.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs That Investigates, Controls and Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/15/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to remove contaminated gloves after providing incontinence care to prevent the spread of infection.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare of Libertyville applied to two residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
The failure was first noted at 1:15 PM on 11/02/2015 when a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) entered a resident’s “room to provide incontinence care [… that consisted of] urine and a large amount of stool.” At that time, the CNA cleansed the resident “with peri-wash and did not change her gloves after cleaning stool. With the same contaminated gloves, [the Certified Nursing Assistant] touched multiple surfaces [including the resident’s] (body, hands, pants, coat, wheelchair, handles, call light, opened all three bedside drawers, brushed her hair, and handed her cell phone).”
If your loved one has suffered injury or death caused by contagious diseases while residing at ManorCare of Libertyville or any other nursing home facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take steps to ensure you receive the financial compensation your family deserves. Our Libertyville elder abuse attorneys can take appropriate action to stop the unacceptable behavior of the nursing staff and hold all those responsible financially and legally accountable.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to seek justice and successfully resolve your claim for compensation. We offer you the opportunity to speak with one of our attorneys through a free, no obligation consultation. We accept wrongful death lawsuits, nursing home neglect cases and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency arrangements, meaning no upfront fees are required.