Every Illinois nursing facility is required to be proactive in providing a level of safety for each resident, especially when additional monitoring and supervision of patients are necessary. Unfortunately, due to overcrowded conditions, a lack of adequate staff and a failure to train employees, many facilities place the health and well-being of their patients in immediate jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured residents of Illinois nursing facilities like Margaret Manor who have suffered harm due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Margaret Manor Central
This Nursing Home is a 135-certified-bed Medicaid-accepting facility providing nursing services and cares to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Nursing Center is located at:
1121 North Orleans
Chicago, IL 60610
In addition to providing 24-hour skilled nursing care with an on-call Medical Director, the facility also provides social skills training, depression management, living skills training, and community living training.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois nursing home regulatory agency routinely updates the nursing home database system containing the complete list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations. This information can be found on sites including itc.dph.Illinois.gov. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at Margaret Manor including:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Monitoring and Supervision to Ensure Safety
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/05/2013, the state investigator noted during an Incident Report Investigation of the facility’s failure to “provide smoking supervision for one resident… reviewed for smoking safety.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings of the 64-year-old resident diagnosed with schizophrenia who was found to be “alert and oriented.” The resident “is a smoker and was allowed to possess his own smoking materials while the resident at the facility.” However, the investigator reviewed the resident’s state background check criminal history record that revealed: “he was convicted of arson on 01/07/1995.” In addition, the resident’s clinical records revealed that on 02/29/2011 “he was observed on security cameras setting a small contain fire on the patio the facility.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report Incidences Are Allegations Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/11/2013, a state survey team opened a complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "immediately report allegations of abuse to the Illinois Department of Public Health.”
The state investigator noted their findings involving a resident-to-resident physical altercation occurring between two residents at 3:11 PM on 02/12/2013. One resident physically abused another resident “by grabbing her. After the incident, [the victim] was hospitalized.”
The state investigator asked the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Director on the morning of 07/10/2013 to provide the initial report filed with the Illinois Department of Public health concerning the incident. The Director replied “we fax all incidents. We went through these before you guys got here to make sure there is a preliminary [report] and receipt, and it’s not here.” A fax confirmation of the initial report to the eye DPH was not provided to the survey team. Investigator noted that the actions of the administration at the facility failed to follow the nursing home’s 1999 policy titled: Abuse Prevention Program Facility Procedures that reads in part:
“Initial reporting of allegations.… the resident’s representative and the Department of Public Health shall be informed immediately… within 24 hours after the occurrence, a written report shall be sent to the Department of Public Health.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate the Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/22/2014, a notation was made concerning the facility's failure to "follow the Clean and Disinfect Policy and Procedure for glucose monitoring.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings of one incident involving residents “reviewed for infection control.”
An observation was made of the nursing staff member providing cares to a resident at 10:30 AM on 08/20/2014. The nurse “removed the glucose monitoring device from the top the medicine cart and prepped the finger of [the resident] and performed a glucose monitor check.” After the procedure had been completed, the nursing staff member “opened two alcohol prep pads of isopropyl alcohol, 70% and wiped the machine, front to back [...and] then placed the machine back on top of the cart.”
The investigator asked the nursing staff member “about the cleaning procedure for the glucometer.” The nurse replied, “I usually just use alcohol prep pads.” After discussion, the nursing staff member performed blood glucose test procedures on other residents again wiping down the monitoring device “with two alcohol prep pads.” The investigator noted that the actions of the nurse failed to follow the facility’s Policy and Procedure for Glucometer Cleaning that reads in part:
“The machine will be clean with disinfectant wipes after each use to prevent possible cross-contamination between resident uses with 10:1 sodium chloride solution.”
“Clean and disinfect the glucose meter prior to and in between use and multiple residents using disinfecting towelettes and allow a three-minute [soaking] time for glucometer disinfection between residents.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have suffered injury or harm as a patient at Margaret Manor, contact Rosenfeld injury lawyers now. We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. You are not required to make an upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services.