Many nursing home residents suffer from bedsores due to their age, medical condition, disability or another factor that with proper treatment can be prevented or allowed to heal quickly. However, many nursing facilities are understaffed, overcrowded or run by those who lack the necessary training to ensure that a simple facility-acquired bedsore does not turn into an open life-threatening wound. Unfortunately, the Lincolnshire elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents have died prematurely or suffered life-threatening harm to their medical condition due to the negligent actions of their caregivers.
Radford Green at Sedgebrook
Radford Green at Sedgebrook is an 84-certified bed for-profit nursing facility providing services to residents of Lincolnshire and Lake County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
960 Audubon Way
Lincolnshire, Illinois 60069
In addition to providing skilled nursing care around-the-clock, Radford Green at Sedgebrook offers assisted living solutions, memory care/Alzheimer’s care, respite care, and physical, occupational and speech rehabilitation therapies.
Lincolnshire Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to ensure that families have accurate historical information on every nursing facility in the United States, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases. The information they provide reflects all opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns and can be found posted on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Radford Green at Sedgebrook maintains an overall five out of five available star rating with the national star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, staffing issues and quality measures. However, our Lincolnshire nursing home neglect attorneys have uncovered a past of safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Residents to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/16/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "prevent pressure ulcers for [a resident at the facility.” The investigator also noted that the facility also “failed to identify risk factors and implement interventions to prevent pressure ulcers” for a resident. The failure involved a resident who “uses a walker to ambulate, with one assist and was continent of bowel and bladder.”
A review of the resident’s medical records notes that the resident “has a Stage II pressure ulcer on his coccyx since 08/04/2015 [...and] obtained another Stage II pressure ulcer on 07/13/2015 on his right buttock.” At 10:50 AM on 01/15/2015, the resident “was noted during wound care observation to have an abrasion type wound on his left buttock.” The facility’s computer also documents a significant weight loss between 07/25/2015 when the resident weighed 161 pounds in 01/14/2015 when the resident’s weight dropped to 145 pounds.
The investigator noted that within that time the resident had “a significant weight loss of nine pounds in one month” alone. In addition, “there was no documentation whether [the resident’s] physician was notified of the weight loss.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Abuse or Allegation of Abuse of a Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/16/2012, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to conduct necessary resident interviews as part of their interview/mistreatment investigation” and incidences occurring between 03/03/2012 and 07/25/2012 involving four residents at the facility.
One alleged abuse incident was first documented on 07/25/2015 in an incident report investigation that indicates that a family member called the facility’s Administrator “to say [the resident] telephoned family to say she was being abused.” The resident “and assigned staff were immediately interviewed by [the Administrator where the resident told the Administrator] she did not like a [Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)] because ‘he is angry and rough with me’.” The resident also told the Administrator that the Certified Nursing Assistant “was fast when he transferred her, seemed angry and yelled at her [...and] said she did not think [the CNA] intended to harm or abuse her [… but] stated ‘I don’t want him fired, I just don’t like him’.”
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator failed to follow the facility’s policy titled Abuse Investigations – Policy Interpretation and Implementation that reads in part:
“When an incident or suspected incident of resident abuse, mistreatment, neglect or injury of an unknown source is reported to the Administrator… [they] will appoint a member of management to investigate the alleged incident.”
Lincolnshire Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect while residing at any nursing home in Illinois including Radford Green at Sedgebrook, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys can assist you in obtaining the financial recompense your family and loved one deserves.
To ensure your case for financial recompense is successfully resolved, we urge you and your family to contact our Lincolnshire Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys and a no obligation, free case evaluation. Our law firm handles all personal injury cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means you receive all the legal services you require to resolve your case without making any upfront payment.