Nearly every resident living in a nursing facility has a compromised immune system or other serious medical condition that makes him highly susceptible to acquiring an infection. Even so, there is no excuse for the nursing staff at the facility to avoid exercising appropriate care and following protocols to minimize the spread of infection throughout the nursing home. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered life-threatening conditions caused by the spread of infection.
Statistics show that elderly individuals residing in nursing facilities are 3 to 10 times more susceptible to acquiring an infection in a nursing facility including appendicitis, UTIs (urinary tract infections, influenza (the flu) or pneumonia. Usually, these residents already suffer from multiple ailments including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center
Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center is a 104-certified bed for-profit facility participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The facility serves the residents of the city of Oregon and Ogle County, Illinois. The center is located at:
811 S. 10th St.
Oregon, Illinois 61061
The services provided by Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center include skilled and intermediate care along with:
- Cardiac therapy
- IV therapy
- Enteral feeding program
- Dementia care/wander monitoring
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
Throughout the year, state and federal regulatory agencies routinely update their national database Medicare.gov posting information on nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared with other nursing homes throughout the United States. This includes three out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues along with two stars for quality measures.
Our Ogle County nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those include:
- Failure to Investigate, Control, and Keep Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "ensure staff change gloves and wash hands after the provision of incontinence cares to prevent the cross contamination of organisms.” In addition, the state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure floor area soiled with stool and dirty mechanical lift devices were cleaned and disinfected.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center affected five residents at the facility “reviewed for infection control.”
One incident was revealed 11:00 AM on 10/07/2015 when two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) “providing incontinence care for [a resident].” Both CNAs “wash their hands and apply gloves prior to beginning care.” At that time, the resident “was placed on the commode and an incontinence brief, visibly wet with urine was removed by [one Certified Nursing Assistant].” At that time, the resident’s “slacks were left on the floor while a clean incontinent brief was handed to a [Certified Nursing Assistant by the other CNA].
While still wearing soiled gloves used to remove the resident’s soiled incontinence brief, one Certified Nursing Assistant “applied a clean brief and the slacks that were lying on the floor [while the other CNA] provided perineal care (without changing gloves or washing her hands).” That Certified Nursing Assistant “was still wearing the contaminated gloves used during the cleansing of the perineal area as she pulled up [the resident’s] clean incontinent brief and slacks.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/09/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "identify the development of a Stage II pressure ulcer on a resident at risk for pressure ulcer development.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to reduce or eliminate pressure to a resident’s heels to prevent a Stage II pressure ulcer.” The failure involved a resident at the facility who required assistance for activities of daily living, however, has the ability to feed themselves without assistance, who had developed a stage II pressure ulcer while residing at the facility.
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 10/07/2015 who said: “it is the goal of the facility that a resident not receive a pressure ulcer while in the facility.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Skin Condition Policy that reads in part: Goal: The facility will strive to attain through the process of identification, monitoring, preventative and treatment protocols.”
If you or your loved one have suffered injury, harm or neglect while residing at Oregon Living and Rehabilitation Center or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal remedies. Our aggressive team of dedicated Ogle County elder abuse attorneys can seek the financial compensation you deserve for your nursing home’s negligence.
To ensure a successful resolution to your claim for compensation, we encourage you to make contact with our Oregon Illinois nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and nursing home neglect cases on contingency, meaning we are paid after an out-of-court settlement or we successfully resolve your case at trial.