Many families recognize that nursing facilities provide a level of comfort to the aging population and a place to develop friendships while engaging in meaningful activities. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities ensure that their residents receive proper treatment for their mental illnesses, especially those who suffer from suicidal ideation, or thoughts of killing themselves. Sadly, the Westmont elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many family members who have lost a loved one due to a preventable death.
Many suicides and attempted suicides are never reported in nursing facilities but instead are categorized as an accident, incident or event. Sadly, the suicide attempts and committed suicides often go ignored in nursing facilities that are often caused by a lack of supervision or inappropriate/ineffective mental health care.
Nursing homes can be held legally and financially liable if the staff, Administrator, Medical Director and Director of Nursing failed to take appropriate measures to minimize the potential of a resident hurting or killing themselves through suicidal ideation. The negligence can involve:
- A failure to properly train staff to take suicidal behavior or comments seriously
- Failing to follow physician’s/psychiatrist’s orders
- Failing to treat the resident with respect, warmth and dignity including those who suffer mental disorders
ManorCare of Westmont
ManorCare of Westmont is a 149-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing Center that is a part of the Heartland/ManorCare Corporation. The facility provides a variety of nursing services to residents of Westmont and DuPage County. The center is located at:
512 E. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, Illinois 60559
In addition to providing around-the-clock skilled nursing care, they also offer:
- Dementia care
- Assisted living
- Independent living
- Short term care for rehabilitation
Westmont Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On a regular basis, nursing home regulators for the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their databases to reflect the most current information on opened investigations, filed complaints, safety violations and health concerns on facilities throughout the United States. They post the information on various websites including Medicare.gov through a star rating summary system.
Currently, ManorCare of Westmont maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to other facilities throughout the United States. 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 concerns. Our Westmont nursing home neglect attorneys have found one significant deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Provide Medically-Related Social Services to Assure Every Resident Achieves the Highest Possible Quality of Life
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/11/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow up and evaluate [a resident] with known recent attempts in the verbalization of suicide, as recommended by a psychologist.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at ManorCare of Westmont affected one resident at the facility “reviewed for suicidal ideation.”
The failure was first noted on 11/11/2015 in the facility’s Incident Report that stated that the resident “was noted with scratches and bruising to left face and left dorsal hand.” The resident’s roommate and a family member stated that the resident “was hitting herself because she wants to die.” The resident’s “statement taken after the incident states [that the resident] has complaints of suicidal ideation, stated she has a plan and has attempted to hold her breath and hitting herself in the head. This report shows [that the resident stated to the facility’s Social Service Coordinator], ‘I don’t want to live anymore.’ When asked if she had a plan, [the resident] stated, ‘I can’t seem to hurt myself. I already tried to. I’ve been doing this for two weeks. There is no way to kill myself. I tried to think of everything and I can’t’.” The resident also stated “there is no hope for me. No hope to get better.” The Social Services Director asked the resident “what staff could do to make her [the resident] more comfortable and [the resident] stated it would be comfortable to be dead.”
The investigator noted that there was an evaluation performed on the resident that revealed the resident “has decreased mental control, decreased appetite with weight loss, insomnia.” The diagnosis involved a plan “to continue Suicidal Ideation assessments. If persistent, readmit [to the hospital].” However, the investigator noted that there were “no documented assessments/monitoring of [the resident’s] depression for suicidal ideation.”
Westmont Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one committed suicide or has suicidal ideation while they resided in an Illinois nursing facility, including ManorCare of Westmont, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in holding those responsible legally and financially accountable for their negligence. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can assist you in obtaining the financial recovery you deserve to cover your cost of medical expenses, financial losses, pain, and suffering.
We encourage you to make contact with our Westmont Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today by calling us at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, private case consultation. We only accept wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases and nursing home injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means that all of our legal services are paid for only after we win your case in front of a judge or jury or negotiate an acceptable financial settlement on your family’s behalf.