Nursing homes provide call lights as an effective tool to allow the resident to call the staff for immediate assistance. In many cases, the resident is unable to provide any level of care including getting out of bed or a wheelchair to use the bathroom facilities. Unfortunately, many nursing facilities are understaffed and overcrowded and lack sufficient nurses and nurses’ aides to accommodate the needs of every resident. Sadly, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered needlessly due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Every nursing facility in the United States must have an effective call light system that connects to the bed or chair in every resident’s room to a central nursing station. By law, the call light is to be located close to the resident within easy reach to provide a prompt response by the nursing staff. However, not all call light systems work efficiently and effectively which is often due to a lack of proper maintenance and routine inspections.Peterson Park Health Care Center
Peterson Park Health Care Center is a 188-certified bed for profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
6141 N. Pulaski Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60646
In addition to providing around the clock skilled nursing, Peterson Park Health Care Center also offers rehabilitation therapies that encompass:
- Fall prevention
- Wound care
- Range of motion care
- Balance and coordination
- Swallowing (dysphagia) therapy
On a continuous basis, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their databases to reflect any open investigation, filed complaints, safety concern or health violation of all nursing facilities in the United States. The updated information is then posted online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov through its star rating summary system comparative analysis tool. Many families use this information before placing a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of health and hygiene care.
Currently, Peterson Park Health Care Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health concerns in two out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found one major deficiency that involves:
- Failure to Reasonably Accommodate the Needs and Preferences of Every Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/24/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure call lights were within residents’ reach.” The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Peterson Park Health Care Center “has the potential to affect [one resident at the facility].”
The failure first noted at 10:21 AM on 09/21/2015 upon observation of a resident who “was seated in her specialty chair, near her bed [...and her] specialty call light was draped over the head of the bed, on the opposite side away from her, out of her reach.” The resident’s “hands are contracted.” At the time of the observation, the Minimum Data Set/Care Plan Coordinator “was present and stated resident should have the call light within reach.”
A follow-up observation was made the following day at 1:53 PM on 09/22/2015 when the resident “was once again seated in her specialty chair, near her bed [...and her] specialty call light was approximately eight feet away, laying on the bed.” At that time, the resident stated that “she is [un]able to use this call light, and was upset, stating ‘I’m supposed to have it’.”
At that moment, the surveyor “went into the hallway and alerted [a Certified Nursing Assistant who provides the resident care].” The CNA stated that they were “going to put her to bed, but… went to get a few things.” The Certified Nursing Assistant stated at 11:25 PM on 09/23/2015 that the resident “has contracted hands, but can use a specialty touchpad call light [...and] uses a specialty chair for mobility, and is totally dependent on staff for repositioning and transfer.”
In a different observation of another resident at 11:10 AM on 09/21/2015 it was observed the resident “was lying in bed in her room [...and her] call light was on the floor, and not within her reach.” The nurse that was present in the room at the time of the observation stated that “it should be within reach [...and that the resident] has very poor vision, requires total assistance of two staff members and a mechanical lift to transfer [...and] also requires total care by staff to bathe, dress, eat, and for incontinence care.” The state investigator noted that on the following day on 09/22/2015 at 1:48 PM, the resident was again “lying in bed, sleeping [...and her] call light was in her wheelchair, out of her reach.”
If your loved one is being mistreated or neglected while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Peterson Park Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate steps to ensure your loved one’s safety. Our Cook County elder abuse lawyers have access to available resources to start the process of obtaining the financial compensation you deserve for your damages.
Contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free case evaluation. We accept all personal injury claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need for an upfront payment.