Every nursing home in the state of Illinois is required to report any case of abuse or allegation of abuse immediately to the appropriate agencies including the Illinois Department of Public Health. A report must be made even if the facility believes the claim of abuse is unsubstantiated. In addition, the home must take preventative measures to ensure that the health and well-being of the resident are safeguarded from further abuse. Unfortunately, the Chicago Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents were repeatedly abused by their caregivers, visitors or other residents at the facility.
Presence Resurrection Life Center
Presence Resurrection Life Center is a 157-certified bed not for profit church-related Medicaid/Medicare-approved facility providing nursing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
7370 West Talcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631
In addition to providing long-term and short-term care options, the facility also offers memory care, hospice care, short-stay rehabilitation, assisted living and independent living options.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and Illinois routinely update their nursing home database systems to reflect the most currently opened investigations, along with safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of facilities in the United States. The results are uploaded to numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Presence Resurrection Life Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national comparative analysis Medicare star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for health inspections and three out of five stars for staffing issues. However, our Chicago Illinois nursing home neglect attorneys have found deficiencies involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "reposition every two hours one [resident] at risk for pressure sores.”
The failure was first noted on 09/15/2015 “during uninterrupted, direct, observation from 1:10 PM until 4:10 PM [when the resident] was up in the wheelchair.” The observer noted that “at 2:45 PM, [the resident] was taken to her room where she stayed in her wheelchair until 4:10 p.m. [...and] was observed in her wheelchair without repositioning for three hours.”
On the following day at 9:30 AM on 09/16/2015, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing services and care to the resident during the day shift the previous day stated, “(supposed to) get up and change [the resident] every two hours and reposition. 11:45 AM last time changed and reposition. Keep pressure off butt.” A different Certified Nursing Assistant was interviewed at 4:00 PM on 09/15/2015 who stated “She’s [the resident is] heavy; dependent. 4:00 PM for my reposition.”
The state investigator documented that the resident’s 09/03/2015 Risk Profile for Skin Breakdown was scored as “12” with an assessment of “high risk for pressure sore development.” Interventions were also noted as “Turning schedule: Frequency: Every two hours: Use pressure redistribution surface when in bed or chair bound.”
- Failure to Investigate a Report an Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/21/2012, the state surveyor noted the facility’s failure “to notify the State Agency, both immediately and within five working days of the incident [...and a failure] to thoroughly investigate an allegation of staff-to-resident abuse involving one resident.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 11:00 PM 12/20/2012 files unreported abuse that revealed an allegation of abuse reported by a resident occurring at 10:30 PM on 04/09/2012. The state investigator noted that “the facility only interviewed the resident, the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and the Registered Nurse (RN) on duty at the time. No other staff or residents were interviewed.”
It was noted as a part of the investigation that “no other staff or residents were interviewed [...and] the facility’s only corrective action was to reassign the CNA to another resident.” The investigator noted that “the facility did not suspend the CNA per their protocols to report the allegation to the State Agency” as required by law.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Administrator on 12/20/2012 who stated that “we did not report it to the State Agency [...because] we investigated the allegation and determine it was unsubstantiated.” The investigator noted that the actions by the Administrator nursing staff at Presence Resurrection Life Center failed to follow established nursing home regulations and the facility’s 12/29/2011 policy titled Reporting an Investigation of Abuse, Neglect and/or Misappropriation of Resident Property that reads in part:
“The Administration… on becoming aware of alleged abuse… shall report the matter immediately by telephone to… the resident’s representative… the regional office of the Illinois Department of Public Health… resident’s physician… local ombudsman… local police department (if sexual or physical abuse) … Provena Senior Services Risk Manager.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was abused while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Presence Resurrection Life Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action to stop the harm. Our Chicago nursing home abuse attorneys can fight for your loved one’s rights and obtain the financial compensation they deserve.
Contact our Cook County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free case evaluation. No upfront fees are required.