Nursing homes and rehabilitation centers are required to follow procedures and protocols when handling food to ensure no resident consumes contaminated foods and beverages. Food poisoning can be a life-threatening issue in nursing facilities when residents become infected with dangerous pathogens that may produce obvious symptoms or not. Sadly, the Wheaton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents in nursing facilities who have suffered serious injuries caused by foodborne contaminants that led to internal organ damage, food poisoning and, at times, death.
Managing, storing, preparing and serving food using appropriate measures are necessary to minimize the potential of food poisoning by harmful contaminants. When food is mishandled, serious conditions including E. coli, Campylobacter, Norovirus, Salmonella, Toxoplasma, Listeria and Clostridium Perfrigens (spore forming bacterium) can easily claim the life of a resident already suffering a debilitating disease or compromised the immune system.Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital is a 27-certified bed self-acute Medicare and Medicaid-participating facility located within the hospital. The nonprofit church -related facility provides nursing services to residents of Wheaton and DuPage County. It is located at:
26 West 171 Roosevelt Rd.
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
Some of the programs offered at Marianjoy rehabilitation Hospital include care for:
- Brain injury
- Spinal cord
- Pain treatment
Every month, the federal government and state of Illinois update nursing home databases to include recent opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations at facilities nationwide. The updated information is then posted on various websites including Medicare.gov that has a comparative tool star rating summary system that families use to determine the best locations in their community to place a loved one who requires skilled nursing care.
Currently, Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues and health concerns. However, our Wheaton nursing home neglect attorneys found a deficiency at the facility that involved:
- Failure to Store, Cook and Serve Food in a Safe and Clean Way
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide proper storage of food and food prep utensils and proper glove usage during a tray line meal service.” The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff and employees at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital have the potential to “affect all 24 residents residing in the skilled nursing unit.”
The failure was first noted after an 11/30/2015 10:00 AM initial tour of the old (main) kitchen that was made by the state investigator with the facility’s Director of Dining Services and the Food Production Manager. During the tour, it was noted that a blender in the kitchen had “soiled build up at the base [...and] was placed upside down after washing near the sink counter.” The Food Production Manager stated that it was “used to make puréed sauces.”
The investigator also noted that “a big white binder with recipes in black sleeves found near the meat carving area where the cook was in the process of carving beef.” It was also noted that “in the walk-in cooler, several unlabeled items were found portioned out for single serve use after removal from [their] original containers.”
During the mealtime tray line service, a food service worker was observed “placing food for meal service [with] gloves on that became soiled with dripping from beef pot roast while weighing each portion size of the same on a scale before placing the item.” At that time, the food service worker “proceeded to pick up tortillas and make chicken fajitas and place them on the plate for the next tray. This was repeated after [the worker’s] same gloved hand resumed plating other food items until after 12:30 PM without changing gloves.”
It was also noted that at 11:30 AM on 12/02/2015, upon a revisit of the new kitchen area and an observation of the tray line, the support chef manager “had his hair held in a ponytail with long hair out of the hairnet at the base of the neck.” The investigator noted that directs employees to ensure that “hairnets and caps [must be] worn at all times in the kitchen.” In addition, “all food shall be covered, labeled and dated: then stored appropriately.”
If your loved one has suffered from a foodborne injury while residing at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital or any other facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can begin an immediate investigation to preserve crucial evidence to support a claim for compensation. Our team of DuPage County elder abuse lawyers can protect your rights and the rights of your loved one and hold those accountable for your harm and damages legally and financially accountable.
To successfully resolve your financial claim for recompense, we encourage you to contact our Wheaton Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free, no obligation private consultation. We accept all nursing home neglect cases, wrongful death lawsuits and personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services once we have negotiated an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.