Neglect and mistreatment in nursing facilities throughout Illinois are reaching epic proportions, as more baby boomers increase the demand for beds and nursing homes and assisted living centers state wide. Often times, incidences of mistreatment are the result of improper staff training, mismanagement or a lack of sufficient staff on hand to meet the health and hygiene needs of every resident at the facility.
Our team of advocacy attorneys recognize that Illinois nursing facilities accept the responsibility of treating vulnerable and frail patients who are usually completely reliant upon them for their care. Any misstep in providing the quality of care can be considered neglect, abuse or mistreatment. We publish publicly available data of every nursing facility statewide. This information often includes safety concerns, opened investigations and complaints filed by state surveyors, investigators, family, friends and victims. Many families use this information as an effective tool to place a loved one in the best nursing facility in their community.Pershing Gardens Healthcare Center
Pershing Gardens Health Care Center is a 51-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing medical services to residents of Stickney and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
3900 S. Oak Park Ave.
Stickney, IL 60402
The facility also provides rehabilitation therapies, IV services, hospice services, respite care, in-house diagnostics and wound care.Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
The federal government maintains its comparative analysis star rating summary a nursing facility statewide and posts the information on its website portal www.Medicare.gov. Currently, Pershing Gardens Health Care Center maintains an overall four out of five available stars compared other facilities within the United States. This includes four stars for health inspections, staffing issues and quality measures.
However, the nursing home abuse neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns at the facility that are monitored by the state and federal governments. Some of these include:
- Failure to Follow Protocols Involving Incidences of Abuse:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Facility-Acquired Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/18/2012, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to investigate 2 alleged incidences, and report 5 alleged incidences of abuse involving [2 residents]”. In part, the complaint investigation was opened because of a 10/16/12 incident involving allegations of abuse that were investigated. The director of nursing “stated that if an allegation is resolved or is found to be false,’ we do not write a report and we do not report to the state’.” The director of nursing also stated “I did not know I had to investigate every incident and report an incident immediately to the state.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/19/2012 a complaint investigation is made over the facility for its failure “to ensure with certainty that background checks were initiated within 10 days of hire for four [nurses, certified nursing assistants] newly hired employees.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/24/2013, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to properly transfer [residents]” that resulted in a resident “falling, sustaining a left ankle fracture.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/12/2013, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to follow doctor’s orders and failed to provide necessary treatment for the pressure ulcer of one resident.” This is in response to an 80-year-old resident noted to have “a superficial open area 1 cm long and 1.6 cm wide, 0 density on sacral area on the left buttocks.” During observation, it was noted that the nursing staff in charge failed to follow procedure and doctor’s orders causing the bedsore to worsen.
If you, or your loved one, have suffered any type of abuse or mistreatment while residing at Pershing Gardens Healthcare Center, or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can immediately intervene on your behalf. Our team of experienced Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can hold those at fault for the abuse legally accountable and ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve. Contact us today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no obligation, free initial case evaluation.