The spread of infection in a nursing facility has the potential to expose all patients to highly contagious diseases, dangerous contaminants, bacteria, and viruses. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow specific procedures and protocols when interacting with residents, especially in an enclosed shared environment. Unfortunately, not all nursing facilities provide adequate training and ongoing monitoring/supervision to ensure that these procedures are being followed in accordance with the law. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Mosaic of Mayfield who have suffered harm and injury due to preventable infections caused by negligent caregivers.
Mosaic of Mayfield
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ Nursing Home providing nursing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-participating 156-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
5905 West Washington
Chicago, IL 60644
In addition to providing clinical and nursing care, the facility also offers personalized care and rehabilitation services including:
- Memory support/cognitive therapy
- Respiratory therapy
- Speech, occupational and physical therapies
- Neurological therapy
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families and friends can visit Medicare.gov to download a historical list of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Mosaic of Mayfield maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison rating system. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for both staffing concerns and quality measures. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Avoid Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/11/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey of the facility’s failure to “provide an environment free of accident hazards for one resident.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after an initial tour occurring at 10:35 AM on 03/08/2016 in the presence of the facility Assistant Director of Nursing. During the interview, a resident “stated that her bed moves when getting in and out of the bed. ‘I have to get out of bed very slowly, I am afraid it will fall because the bed moves’.”
The Assistant Director of Nursing confirmed that “the bed does move when you push on it. The brakes are on, but they don’t appear to be working.” As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s 12/10/2015 Fall Risk Assessment that scored the resident as a 34 out of 37, indicating that the resident is “at high risk for falls.” It was noted that the resident “has three document falls [occurring on] 08/08/2015, 08/19/2015 and 12/10/2015.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Eliminate Spread of Infection
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/11/2016, a notation by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey made reference to the facility’s failure to “follow their policy for handwashing and glucometer sanitation. This has the potential to affect two residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
An observation was made of a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) just after noon on 03/08/2016 who was feeding a resident “with a spoon.” The LPN touched the resident “on the hand [...and] did not perform handwashing before after touching [the resident].” The LPN then picked up the resident’s “spoon and fed [the resident] several times [...and] did not perform handwashing after feeding [the resident].”
After the feeding was over, the LPN released the resident’s “brakes and adjusted the wheelchair [...and] did not perform handwashing [...and] then proceeded to feed [a different resident] several bites [...and] continue to feed [both residents].” At that time, the LPN “alternated between feeding [one resident] several bites and feeding [the other resident] several bites] [...and] did not perform handwashing after feeding each resident.”
The investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s revised April 2012 Handwashing Hand Hygiene Policy that reads in part:
“Employees must wash their hands using antimicrobial and non-antimicrobial soap and water under the following conditions: Before and after assisting a resident with meals…”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a patient at Mosaic of Mayfield, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our respected Chicago attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their nursing home.
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