Many Illinois nursing home residents require a high level of assistance for toileting and incontinence issues. The assistance provides more than to maintain their dignity but ensures the integrity of their skin is maintained to prevent a breakdown that allows the development of pressure sores (bedsores; pressure wounds; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers). Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide a high level of training to detect pressure ulcers or monitoring to ensure that the staff is providing appropriate incontinence care. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have legally represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered needlessly from preventable bedsores while residing at skilled nursing homes like Park View Rehabilitation Center.
Park View Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 128-certified-bed Nursing Center providing services and cares to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicaid/Medicare-accepted Home is located at:
5888 North Ridge
Chicago, IL 60660
This facility provides full-service clinical nursing and skilled services along with cardiac care and wound care.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update the national nursing facility database system. The Medicare.gov information contains a historical list of safety concerns, filed complaints, opened investigations and health violations of every facility in the US.
Currently, Park View Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available federal star rating in the Medicare rating system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections in two out of five stars for staffing concerns. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers uncovered deficiencies, violations, hazards, and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Necessary Cares and Services to Prevent the Development of Pressure Sores or Allow Existing Pressure Sores to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/19/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “follow the Plan of Care and implement wound preventative interventions to reduce the risk of developing a pressure ulcer.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease with a 03/26/2014 Care Plan for Pressure Ulcer Risk.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the resident’s record stating they had an “open area to the left inner upper thigh from diaper use.” The document also stated that “interventions include apply barrier cream to peri-area after incontinence 12/03/2014” along with “updates on 05/16/2016” that state “apply treatment per physician order, ensure proper size diaper is loose fitting, replace dressing is necessary when not in place, report any missing dressing from opened areas to the nurse immediately.”
A review of the resident’s 04/29/2016 Incontinence Screener revealed that the resident “never voids properly without incontinence, is never aware of the need to use the toilet, and [the resident] is never appropriate for toileting programming continues with a ‘check and change’ program/standard of care.”
However, the investigator observed the resident between 10:55 AM and 1:45 PM on 05/16/2016 in 10- to 15-minute intervals “in periods of continuous observation.” During that time, the resident “remained in a reclining chair either in the second-floor dining room and in the resident room.” The resident “was not checked for incontinence or changed.”
At 11:50 AM on 05/16/2016, a Nurse Aide brought the resident “back to the room [...and] did not check [the resident] for incontinence [while the resident] remained in the room until after all residents were done eating lunch, then move back to the dining room.” The investigator also noted that when the resident was transferred back to bed using a mechanical lift at 1:45 PM, two Certified Nursing Assistants change the resident’s “incontinent brief which was overflowing in the front and back with liquid brown stool.”
At that time, the investigator stated that “no dressings were present on [the resident’s] sacrum, coccyx or buttocks, or present in the soiled incontinence brief” to cover the resident’s pressure sores. “A new incontinence brief was placed on [the resident] without any other skin care prevention interventions or moisture barrier cream applied” in accordance with physician’s orders. The actions by the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s Incontinent Care Policy that reads in part:
“Incontinence residents will be checked periodically every two hours and provided perineal care and genital care for each episode. Purpose: To prevent excoriation and skin breakdown, discomfort and maintain dignity. Assist resident to a comfortable position after applying moisture barrier.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have any suspicions that your loved one residing at Park View Rehabilitation Center is being abused, neglected or mistreated, take steps now to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Let our experienced Chicago attorneys legally represent you and your family in filing and resolving your claim for compensation against the Administrator, nursing home, and staff members who caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your comprehensive case evaluation during your complementary visit. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.