Foodborne illnesses caused by contaminated food and equipment are serious problem in nursing facilities where the elderly individuals are more susceptible than others to gastroenteritis. Often times, the resident’s immune system has been compromised due to age, lack of exercise, malnutrition, excessive use of antibiotics or other medical conditions. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered from foodborne-induced gastroenteritis that could have been prevented had the employees of the nursing facility followed food preparation procedures and protocols.Park Place Christian Community
Park Place Christian Community is a 37-certified bed nonprofit church -related continuing care retirement community providing services to residents of Elmhurst and DuPage County. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility is located at:
1150 Euclid Avenue
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
In addition to providing independent and assisted living options, Park Place Christian also offers:
- Skilled nursing care
- Stroke care
- Wound care
- Knee and hip replacement rehabilitation
- Spinal cord injury rehabilitation
- Neurological care
in an effort to provide the latest information on nursing facilities throughout the United States, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect currently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns. The updated information can be found on numerous sites online including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Park Place Christian Community maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to all other facilities nationwide. The national star rating summary system shows the facility has four out of five available stars for health inspections and staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures. However, our Elmhurst nursing home neglect attorneys found one major deficiency involving the facility that include:
- Failure to Store, Cook and Serve Food in a Safe and Clean Way
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/21/2016, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to handle food items in a manner to prevent contamination [and a failure] to perform hand hygiene during food preparation [and a failure] to sanitize, clean equipment and [a failure] the store label open food items per the facility’s policies.” The state investigator noted that the failures of the nursing staff, Administrator, and employees at Park Place Christian Community affected “all 31 residents in the facility who receive their meals from the kitchen.”
The failure was first noted at 9:45 AM on 04/18/2016 during a kitchen area tour with the facility’s Director of Food Services. The investigator noted the following observations:
- “Three separate sanitizing buckets were tested with 0% of [any] sanitizing solution [...and] three handwashing sinks contained dark dried on substances and visibly dirty inside and out.”
- “A soap dispenser and hand sanitizer above three sinks contained harden dried brown, red and white colored substances.”
- “A package in refrigerator contained open and poorly sealed bag described as waffle potatoes by [the Director of Food Services and] was undated and unlabeled.”
- “The freezer contained a long metal pan labeled as pork chops and dated March 28 and March 31 [that were nearly 3 weeks old].”
- “The opened stuff shelf undated ice cream freezer contained opened and undated container of Blue Bunny ice cream [where the] container had white and brown colored sticky substances on the outside.”
- “The produce refrigerator contained a container of Italian vinaigrette dressing with the use by date of April 6” that was 12 days after expiration.
An additional observation was made of the Corporate Dietitian at 11:00 AM on 04/19/2016 was puréeing diet preparations. The cook in the kitchen “approach the prep table with gloved hands without cleaning the prep area, moved the blender, plugged it in touching the cord [...and] then left the area and went to the pot and pan area of the kitchen and got a small aluminum pan; then went to the prepared food side and opened a warmer and took out several pieces of meat [before returning] to the prep table and place the meat in the blender.”
The cook then “went back to the prepared food side and retrieved broth and poured into another small aluminum pan [...and] with the same gloved hands, began to purée the meat, taking the plunger from the counter and placing it in the blender to stir the meat; he then used a spoon to scoop thick puree from an unsealed and visibly soiled container on the counter.” After continuing to prepare the food, the “process was stopped by the [state investigator] due to touching of many surfaces with same gloves and no handwashing.”
If you suspect your loved one has suffered from foodborne induced infections that cause injuries or premature death while residing at Park Place Christian Community or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal steps to intervene. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can handle the entire process of filing and obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves for your damages.
To ensure a successful resolution to your claim for compensation, we urge you to contact our Elmhurst Illinois nursing home abuse law firm of (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because we accept all personal injury claims through contingency fee agreements.