Individuals residing in nursing homes across the nation are often victimized with physical, verbal, emotional and sexual abuse. Other common issues include lack of quality care that involve untreated bedsores, malnutrition, inadequate medical attention, dehydration, inadequate hygiene and sanitation along with injuries caused by preventable accidents. In fact, the Joliet nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases involving residents victimized in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
Our legal team remains committed to providing legal assistance to Illinois nursing home residents who are the victims of abuse and lack of quality care. We post the most current information released by the federal government outlining safety concerns in nursing homes, health care centers and assisted living facilities statewide. This information can be used by families to help make a better informed decision on what facility is best when the need arises to place a loved one in a nursing home.Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home
Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home is a 58-bed nursing facility that provides medical services to the residents of Joliet and Will County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1201 Wyoming Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435
The home also provides solutions for assisted living, independent living, short term stays and rehabilitation care.Nursing Facility Residents Safety Concerns
Every year, www.Medicare.gov updates its star rating summaries on nursing facilities across the United States. Currently, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home maintains a four out of five star rating, or above average when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections, and five out of five stars for both staffing and quality measures.
However, the Joliet nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints against Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Some of these complaints are the result of annual licensure and certification surveys involving allegations of abuse and lack of notifying physicians when the health condition of a resident declines. These cases include:
- Failure to Thoroughly Investigate Allegations of Abuse:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/12/2013, a notation is made in the annual licensure and certification survey indicating the facility’s failure “to thoroughly investigate allegations of abuse and failed to report allegations of abuse within specific time frame. The facility also failed to ensure facility staff reported allegations of abuse in a timely manner. The facility also failed to ensure their investigation was complete prior to submitting their conclusion to the state agency.”
This notation is made in response to a 10/21/12 facility investigation file alleging abuse. The incident involved “possible abuse [a nursing staff member] witnessed between a CNA (certified nursing assistant) and [two residents] the prior evening.” The incident “was not reported by the nurse at the time of the occurrence, but instead she left a message for the [nursing staff member] to receive the next day.”
The allegation involved “a CNA handling a resident roughly and verbally threatening a resident and another instance of not assisting a resident to the washroom when requested.”
- Failure to Notify Physician of a Decline in Residents’ Health Conditions:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/19/2015, a notation was made that the facility “failed to notify the resident timely for two [residents] reviewed for change of condition.” This is in response to an observation made by a member of the nursing team that a resident had “swelling and purple discoloration to [the resident’s] left ring finger. Even though an attempt was made to contact the resident’s physician, “There was no evidence the facility followed up immediately or make another attempt to call a position when [the physician] did not respond to initial attempt of notification.”
If you, or a loved one, are suffering from abuse or lack of quality care in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our dedicated Joliet nursing home abuse attorneys can take immediate legal steps to ensure that the abuse and neglect stop immediately.
We invite you to contact us today at (888) 424-5757 or connect with us now through our online chat rooms. We accept all cases based on abuse, neglect and mistreatment on a contingency fee basis. This means you receive our legal representation without the need of paying any upfront fee or retainer.