Many families place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure their health and well-being is maintained. To ensure the quality of life of the resident, the nursing staff must develop an effective Plan of Care designed and developed to accommodate the special needs of each resident and their medical conditions, problems, mental status and the assistance they may require in meeting their health and hygiene needs. Unfortunately, the Downers Grove elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered or died because an effective plan of care was never developed or followed.
Any failure to allow the resident or responsible family member (Power of Attorney) to participate in planning or revising their Care Plan has the potential of diminishing the resident’s quality of life. Appropriate measures must be taken if the resident is at risk for falling, developing bedsores or requires extensive assist in enjoying activities of daily living (ADLs).
Oak Trace Senior Living Facility
Oak Trace Senior Living Facility is a 50-certified bed Medicare-participating facility that is part of a lifespan community of Downers Grove and DuPage County. The continuing care retirement community is located at:
250 Village Drive
Downers Grove, Illinois 60516
Downers Grove Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
On an annual basis, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases in an effort to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on facilities throughout the United States. The information is then posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov, through their comparative analysis star rating summary system.
Currently, Oak Trace Senior Living Facility maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and four out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues. However, our Downers Grove nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those include:
- Failure to Allow Residents the Right to Participate in Planning or Revising Their Care Plan
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/29/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "revise, update and implement a fall Care Plan with intervention to provide a safe environment.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Oak Trace Senior Living Facility involved one resident “who has a history of falls and injuries.”
The resident was readmitted to the facility after surgery on the right hip after a fall occurred on 07/08/2015. By 07/15/2015, the facility assessed the resident “to be at risk for fall.” A review of their 07/24/2015 Care Plan revealed “there were no interventions added to [the resident’s] fall Care Plan after returning to the facility” following their stay in the hospital.
During an interview with the resident occurring on 07/23/2015 at the nurses’ station, the observer noted that the resident “was alert but would not speak when spoken to and did not elicit conversation.” The investigator noted that the resident “was unable to recall the fall on 07/08/2015” or a previous fall that occurred on 07/21/2015. The surveyor also noted that a review of the resident’s Care Plan showed “there were no interventions [to minimize the potential of falling] added until 07/22/2015 after [the resident] sustained a fall from the bed on 07/21/2015.” It was also noted that even though the staff added a bed alarm to the resident’s bed to alert the staff that the resident was attempting to get out of bed, “the bed alarm sound was very low and could not be heard from the hall.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/21/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "develop interventions and revise care plan interventions for a resident’s change in skin.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Oak Trace Senior Living Center involved a cognitively impaired resident who requires the extensive assist of two staff persons for bed mobility and transfers.
The investigator noted that the resident’s Stage II open area to the left buttocks cheek was documented on 09/22/2015 after the September for 2015 Wound Notes revealed the resident had “developed an open pressure area to the left inner buttocks area [measuring] 0.8 centimeters by 1.0 centimeters by 0.1 centimeters that were not present on admission.” While the resident’s “Plan of Care for alteration in skin integrity [was] initiated on 08/21/2015, [it] showed no new interventions after 08/21/2015” to provide measures to allow the open wound to heal.
Downers Grove Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered injury, harm or an early death due to the failure or negligence of the staff while residing at Oak Trace Senior Living Facility or any nursing home in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can evaluate your claim for compensation and take steps to hold all those responsible for causing your loved one harm legally accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Downers Grove Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation full case review. We accept all nursing home neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront payment for our services is necessary.