Many Illinois nursing home residents suffer serious problems with their skin due to medical conditions, the aging process or disabilities. To ensure the resident’s health and well-being are maintained, the nursing staff is required to develop an effective care plan with interventions to minimize the potential of the development of bedsores (pressure sores; decubitus ulcers; pressure ulcers). Unfortunately, many nursing facilities failed to train their staff appropriately to follow physician’s orders and established nursing home procedures and protocols. Sadly, the DeKalb elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered serious injury and premature death due to preventable open wounds caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center
Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center is an 119-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepting for profit facility providing services to residents of DeKalb and DeKalb County Illinois. The Center is located at:
1212 S. 2nd St.
Dekalb, Illinois 60115
In addition to providing Restorative Nursing Care, Pine Acres Rehabilitation, and Living Center also offers,
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Medication management
- IV therapy
- Hospice care
- Dementia care
- Physical, occupational and speech therapies
DeKalb Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families search online for publicly available information on federal and state websites including Medicare.gov and search of the most recently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations.
Currently, Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health inspections and two out of five stars for quality measures. However, our DeKalb nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Necessary Care and Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Newly Acquired Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/24/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to prevent a resident at high risk for skin breakdown from developing a stage II pressure ulcer on the right hip”. The facility also
“Failed to have a dressing in place on the Stage II pressure ulcer. “Failed to reposition the resident with a Stage II pressure ulcer on the right hip and a Stage IV pressure ulcer on the sacrum. “Failed to identify a pressure ulcer prior to becoming a deep tissue injury.”
The state investigator noted the deficient practice of the nursing staff at Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center affected five residents at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
As a part of the investigation, the state investigator reviewed the resident’s 06/26/2014 Skin Nurses Notes that reveal that the resident had “developed a stage II pressure area to his right hip that was first noticed by the facility on [that day].” Nurses Notes dated 06/26/2014 revealed that the “resident was noted to have a Stage II pressure wound of the right hip that was evaluated by the wound doctor. The wound doctor noted the resident is malnourished and overall conditioning is deteriorating. Maybe in early skin failure.”
By 07/10/2014, the Wound Care Specialist Evaluation form revealed that the resident had “a Stage IV pressure wound of the sacrum, and a Stage III pressure wound on the right hip.” And 9:23 AM on 07/21/2014 a Certified Nursing Assistant providing the resident care said that the resident “gets repositioned every two hours or more frequently” and that she was caring for the resident that day. However, the investigator observed the resident the following day on 07/22/2014 who was observed “lying in bed on his right-sided 9:25 AM, 9:40 AM, 11:37 AM, 11:50 AM 12:10 PM and 12:17 PM” without repositioning for nearly three hours.
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/21/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to perform daily skin checks and report skin condition to the nurse.” In addition, the facility:
“Failed to prevent the recurrence of a pressure sore on a previously healed area.”
“Failed to identify one until it was unstageable.” “Failed to identify the risk factors for the development of pressure ulcers on a brace.”
The investigator noted that “these failures resulted in [the resident] developing multiple pressure sores ranging from Stage II to Stage IV and one unstageable area.”
DeKalb Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one suffered injuries or a wrongful death while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Pine Acres Rehabilitation and Living Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our DeKalb County elder abuse attorneys can review your case and assist you in filing a claim for compensation against all parties responsible for your loved one’s damages.
To successfully resolve your case for compensation, we encourage you to contact our DeKalb Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation full case review. No upfront fees are required. We handle all personal injury cases on contingency and are only paid for our legal services once we have negotiated your out-of-court settlement or won your case in front of a judge and jury. All information you share with our law offices remains confidential.