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Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange

Nursing home abuse and neglect are serious concerns affecting millions of Americans yearly. Elderly residents in nursing homes are at risk for abuse and neglect from staff and other residents. The most common types of abuse are physical, sexual, and emotional. Neglect can also be very harmful to residents.

Recognizing the warning signs of nursing home abuse or neglect can be difficult, as many seniors are reluctant to report mistreatment. Family members of nursing home residents should be on the lookout for changes in behavior or physical condition, including unexplained injuries, weight loss, or depression. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected, it is important to contact authorities immediately.

Do you suspect that abuse and neglect led to your loved one’s injuries or death while residing at Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can legally advocate holding those responsible financially accountable on your family's behalf.

Contact our nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange

This Meadowbrook Manor facility is a 197-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-approved for-profit nursing facility (not a continuing care retirement community) providing care and services to Cook County residents. Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange is located at:

339 9th Ave

La Grange, IL 60525

(708) 354-4660

Website: https://meadowbrookrehabilitation.com/meadowbrook-lagrange/

Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange provides care, services, and amenities, including:

     
  • Antibiotic Management 
  • Cardiac Care and Recovery 
  • Dietitian rounds for nutritional needs 
  • In-House Hemo and Peritoneal Dialysis 
  • Individualized treatment plans 
  • Long-term care 
  • Memory care 
  • Occupational Therapy 
  • On-site Wound Physician & Infectious Disease Specialist 
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation 
  • Physical Therapy 
  • Post-Hospital Rehabilitation 
  • Pulmonary Rehab and Recovery 
  • Renal Management 
  • Short-term rehabilitation 
  • Specialty-trained dialysis staff 
  • Speech Therapy 
  • Treatment of vascular, diabetic, pressure & surgical wounds 
  • Wound Management Program 
  • Wound Vac management

Lagrange Meadowbrook Manor Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns

Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal government routinely updates data on professional standards and alleged violations at all nursing facilities in the United States receiving Medicare funding, including Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange.

Many families use the long-stay and short-term care ratings to choose the ideal location for senior care when placing a loved one in a nursing home. Any lack of adequate supervision, care, service, and assistance at Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange could lead to a major injury resulting in severe trauma or death.

Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange currently maintains four out of five stars in the Medicare rating system. The ranking includes:

     
  • Four out of five stars for health inspections 
  • Two out of five stars for staffing issues 
  • Four out of five stars for quality measures

The Cook County personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed dozens of documents, investigations, surveys, and inspections involving Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home and found numerous safety concerns, including:

Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Areas Free From Accident Hazards and Provides Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents – Deficiency 

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 26, 2021, the state inspectors determined that Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home failed to “disinfect blood glucose monitoring devices after use. They also failed to [wear] PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) before entering isolation rooms.”

The investigators observed a licensed practical nurse performing blood glucose monitoring while failing to follow sanitizing protocols between uses involving different residents.

Unsupervised Elopement (Wandering) Involving Local Police

In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated November 18, 2021, the state inspectors determined that Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home failed to “provide supervision to a resident with previous attempts to leave the facility [eloping] and a known history of poor safety awareness.”

This failure resulted in the “resident leaving the facility unattended and being found by local police.”

Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care and Prevent new Ulcers From Developing – Deficiency 

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 19, 2018, the state inspectors determined that Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home failed to “follow its policy and procedure on the wound and skin care by failing to ensure that a pressure sore did not increase in size/decline.”

Investigators also determined that the facility failed to “follow the plan of care for pressure sore prevention and interventions and failed to ensure the proper functioning of low air loss mattress for one resident.”

Failure to Ensure Medication Error Rates are Not 5% or Greater – Deficiency 

In a summary statement of deficiencies dated July 19, 2018, the state inspectors determined that Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home failed to “follow the manufacturer’s guidelines before administration of insulin pen injection.”

The nursing staff also “failed to follow instructions before administration of the liquid medication.”

The investigators determined that there were 25 opportunities with two errors, resulting in an eight percent medication error rate. The two residents affected by this deficiency were involved in medication administration mistakes.

The investigative team interviewed the Meadowbrook Lagrange nursing home Director of Nurses “regarding insulin pen injection and liquid suspension.” The Director stated that the pen must be primed every time the medication is administered, and the liquid medicine should be shaken well. The Director stated that “staff should know this.”

The Importance of Consistent Patient Care to Prevent Urinary Tract Infection in Patients

Urinary tract infections in nursing homes are a common and potentially deadly occurrence. Various factors can cause UTIs but often occur when residents are not checked every two hours for help going to the bathroom.

A lack of incontinence care results in the resident sitting in their urine and feces, which can cause the infection to develop and spread.

Urinary tract infections can quickly lead to sepsis, a potentially deadly condition when the body's response to infection causes widespread inflammation. If not treated quickly, sepsis can lead to organ failure and death.

The nursing home staff must check incontinent residents every two hours for signs of urinary tract infection, such as fever, pain or burning when urinating, and urgency or frequency of urination. Prompt treatment of UTIs can prevent them from becoming more severe and life-threatening.

Some signs that your loved one is suffering from a UTI  caused by neglect include: 

  • Substandard nursing care : Residents are affected by poor hygiene practices, such as not washing hands after changing diapers or handling feces, inadequately cleaned bedpans, and other urinary drainage devices. 
  • Use of unsterile equipment : UTIs can be caused by unsterile equipment, such as catheters inserted into the bladder. 
  • Poor circulation can lead to a build-up of bacteria and increase the risk for a UTI. 
  • Immobility : When residents cannot move around, it can build urine in the bladder and increase the risk for a UTI. 
  • Age: Older people are more susceptible to UTIs due to a decline in their immune system function. 
  • Diabetes: People with diabetes are at an increased risk for UTIs due to sugar deposits that can form on the bladder wall. 
  • Use of antibiotics : Antibiotics can kill off healthy bacteria in the gut, leading to an overgrowth of harmful bacteria and an increased risk for a UTI and emergency room visits. 
  • Urinary tract abnormalities : Certain structural abnormalities in the urinary tract can make someone more susceptible to developing a UTI. 
  • Menopause : During menopause, there is a decline in estrogen levels, which can lead to changes in the urinary tract and increase the risk for UTIs. 
  • Contraceptives : Some types of contraceptives, such as diaphragms and spermicidal jellies, can increase the risk for UTIs because they create a hospitable environment for bacteria to grow. 
  • Sexual activity can cause bacteria to be introduced into the urinary tract and increase the risk of a UTI. 
  • Surgical procedures: Procedures involving entering the bladder, such as cystoscopies, can increase the risk for a UTI post-surgery. 
  • Catheter use: Catheters that are left in place for an extended period can provide a pathway for bacteria to enter the bladder and cause a UTI

Pressure Ulcer Care in Nursing Homes

A pressure sore is a wound that develops when pressure or friction on the skin exceeds the natural ability of the skin to redistribute or absorb the pressure. This type of wound most commonly affects bedridden people or has a disability that limits mobility, such as paralysis.

A pressure sore can become infected without proper treatment and lead to serious health complications, including death.

If a pressure sore is not treated, the affected area will become increasingly red, swollen, and painful. The surrounding skin may also break down, and fluid may seep from the wound.

The tissue beneath the skin may eventually die, leading to an open sore. If left untreated, an open sore can easily become infected, leading to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition.

Common causes of pressure ulcers include: 

  • Substandard nursing care : Mobility-challenged residents, including the disabled, are often not turned and repositioned as needed, leading to pressure sores. 
  • Inadequate nutrition Malnutrition makes skin more susceptible to breakdown. 
  • Incontinence : Urinary and fecal incontinence can cause skin irritation and contribute to the development of bed sores. 
  • Limited range of motion: When residents cannot move freely, they risk developing pressure ulcers. 
  • Frequent bed rest: Prolonged sitting or lying in one position can lead to pressure wounds. 
  • Poor hydration: Not drinking enough water makes the skin less elastic and more vulnerable to damage. 
  • Smoking: When someone is smoking, it decreases blood flow to the skin and increases the risk of developing pressure sores. 
  • Age: Elderly are more at risk for developing pressure wounds than younger patients. 
  • Illness: Ill residents or those with a weakened immune system are more susceptible to developing pressure ulcers. 
  • Diabetes: Residents with diabetes are at increased risk for developing pressure sores. 
  • Obesity : Overweight men and women are at greater risk for developing pressure ulcers than those who are not obese. 
  • Poor circulation : Poor circulation can lead to pressure wounds. 
  • Scarring from previous injuries can make the skin more susceptible to damage and increase the risk of developing a pressure ulcer. 
  • Fragile skin : Seniors often have thin, delicate skin that is more prone to damage and infection.

If you have a loved one in a nursing home and believe they are not being treated for a pressure sore, you must speak with their doctor or nurse about your concerns.

Consider contacting an attorney from our law offices specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect cases. By filing a lawsuit against the nursing home, you may be able to get your loved one the medical care they need and hold the nursing home accountable for their mistreatment.

Creating a Safe Environment Free of Accident Hazards

Nursing home residents are at risk for severe injuries and death when accidents occur. Creating a hazard-free environment can help protect these individuals from harm. Some common hazards in nursing homes include:

     
  • Cluttered hallways can lead to residents falling down stairways. 
  • lack of signage to help direct or warn residents of a step or blind corner. 
  • Poorly lit walkways can also be hazardous, leading to slips and falls. 
  • Patients can easily fall if they are not given enough assistance when getting up from a chair or bed. 
  • Wet floors and improperly waxed floors can cause slips and falls. 
  • Patients can easily fall if they are not given proper instructions on using assistive devices such as walkers or wheelchairs
  • Heavy equipment and furniture not adequately secured can easily topple over, causing injuries. 
  • Medications that cause drowsiness can make patients more prone to falls. 
  • Patients with dementia or Alzheimer's may wander off and become lost, leading to dangerous falls. 
  • Poorly trained staff members may not be able to properly help patients with their hygiene, which can lead to slips and falls
  • Patients can fall while getting in or out of the shower or bathtub
  • Incontinence products that are not changed regularly can cause dangerous falls as patients slip in their urine or feces
  • Hospitals are often very busy and noisy, which can further distress patients and lead to falls. 
  • Lack of communication between nursing staff and doctors can lead to serious medication errors , which can, in turn, lead to patient falls. 
  • The lack of safety rails leaves residents at risk of falling down stairwells or off balconies.

Creating a safe environment is important not only for the safety of the residents but also for the staff members who work in the nursing home. To create a safe environment, nursing homes should implement the following safety measures: 

  • Proper floor maintenance : Floors should be regularly cleaned and dried to prevent slips and falls. 
  • Appropriate lighting levels : Lighting should be bright enough to make all facility areas visible. 
  • Clear walkways : Furniture and other obstacles should be removed from walkways to prevent trips and falls. 
  • Handrails should be installed on staircases and ledges where residents might be inclined to sit or stand.

Hire Nursing Abuse Attorneys to Resolve Your Personal Injury Compensation Lawsuit

Was your loved one neglected and abused while residing in Meadowbrook Manor Lagrange or any other nursing home in Illinois? The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help.

Call our nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.

Our legal team accepts all personal injury cases and wrongful death lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures that you will pay no upfront fees until we resolve your claim through a negotiated settlement or jury award.

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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 LLC 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 LLC does not have any affiliation with the facility.

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