Nursing homes have a legal obligation to meet every medical, hygiene, psychosocial and environmental need of every resident at their facility. Families of loved ones in nursing homes have a high level of expectation that caregivers will do what is expected of them including participating in the care plan process and providing assistance and quality care when required. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents become victims of neglect, mistreatment, abuse or harm.
Our team of dedicated nursing home abuse case attorneys provide legal advocacy to residents in nursing facilities throughout Illinois. We publish the most current data on safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations occurring in rehabilitation centers, assisted-living homes and nursing facilities statewide. Families use this valuable information as an effective tool before placing an elderly parent or disabled loved one in the care of others.
Sacred Heart Home
Sacred Heart Home is a 172-certified bed Medicaid-participating nursing facility that provides skilled nursing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1550 South Albany
Chicago, IL 60623
The home offers various healthcare services designed to meet the need of every resident.
Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
The US federal government provides valuable data on its comparative analysis website www.Medicare.gov that provides updated information on nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Sacred Heart Home in Chicago, Illinois maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared with other facilities in the United States. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for quality measures.
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Abuse:
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/13/2011, and investigation was opened against the facility over its failure “to investigate allegation of verbal threat, an allegation of attempted physical abuse involving two residents.” This is in response to nurse’s notes dated 11/25/2011 indicating an incident involving one resident threatening to kill another resident after an alleged claim of theft of the resident’s DVD player. The “Facility’s abuse files showed no indication that this allegation of verbal threat and abuse was investigated by the facility to determine intent.” This is in direct violation of policies, procedures and protocol involving abuse at the facility.
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/31/2011, a complaint investigation is opened against the facility for their failure “to ensure [3 residents at the facility] are free from physical abuse and verbal abuse from staff – to protect [the resident] and other residents residing on the third floor, after abuse had taken place on 2/15/11 by allowing the abuser [a nurse on staff] to finish working the shift.” In addition, the facility failed “to report the abuse incident to Administration immediately when it happened on 2/15/11, – to have staff who had been properly trained in abuse protocols and reporting of abuse to report the abuse to the state agency and investigate 45 other incidences of possible abuse.”
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/22/2010, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to effectively implement and follow their procedure regarding smoking, including monitoring non-compliant residents on smoking restrictions for [a resident].” In addition, the facility failed to “monitor, supervise and assess a resident’s ability to handle matches and lighters” and to “install and maintain working smoke detectors in all resident sleeping areas,” and failure to “follow facility’s smoking policy which indicates that all residents must smoke in designated smoking areas at the designated smoking times.”
Chicago, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been hurt, injured or abused while residing at Sacred Heart Home, or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can protect your legal rights and stop the abuse now. Our team of reputable Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can offer various legal options while we assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve for the harm caused by others. We encourage you to schedule your initial free no obligation consultation by calling our law offices at (888) 424-5757 today.