Sava Senior Care operates five facilities throughout Illinois in cities including Westchester, Odin, Mount Vernon, Hamilton and Burbank. These facilities provide long-term and short-term compassionate care, offering services to assist patients with various needs including:
- Comprehensive nursing care
- Dementia services
- Bariatric issues
- Diabetes services
- Intravenous therapies
- Respiratory therapies
- Physical and occupational therapies
- Speech therapy
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Respite care
- Neurological disorder care
- Hospice services
In addition, Sava Senior Care provides extensive post-operative care for various conditions including amputation (strengthening and reconditioning), cardiac bypass, total knee replacement and total hip replacement.
Health Inspections and Staff Ratings
The U.S. CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) rates nursing facilities throughout the nation, including those owned and operated by Sava Senior Care. The rankings include health inspections performed during scheduled and unexpected appointments by a certified inspectors.
The CMS also rates the nursing staff based on staff hours performed by the medical team including the RNs (Registered Nurses), LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses), LVNs (Licensed Vocational Nurses) and CNA’s (Certified Nursing Assistants). Additional ratings include quality measures ranking the home’s ability to provide the medical, hygiene and daily needs of each patient. Finally, Medicare and Medicaid provide an overall rating that averages health inspections, staff ratings and quality measures as a snapshot image of how the facility performs inclusively.
Illinois Facility Ratings
The large national nursing facility chain operates five homes in Illinois. The list below contains the name of each facility and current rankings, including:
- Brentwood Sub-Acute Healthcare Center in Burbank – This facility maintains below average health inspections, above average staffing and average quality measures giving it an overall average of three out of five stars.
- Montebello Healthcare Center in Hamilton – The CMS rates this Hamilton facility as above average with five out of five stars in quality measures, three out of five stars in staffing and health inspections.
- Nature Trail Health Care Center in Mount Vernon – Medicare and Medicaid rates this Mount Vernon health care center above average overall with three out of five stars for staffing and quality measures, and four out of five stars in health inspections.
- Odin Health Care Center in Odin – This nursing facility in Odin ranks above average overall because of its five out of five quality measures stars and three out of five stars for staffing and health inspections.
- Westchester Health and Rehabilitation Center in Westchester – Even though this Sava Senior Care facility in Westchester maintains a five out of five stars quality measures rating, its overall average is only three stars due to its very low staff rating and average health inspection rating.
In recent years, Sava Senior Care has had significant legal issues with sizable lawsuit verdicts, settlements and compensation awards involving nursing home abuse and neglect. Many cases filed by surviving family members include serious issues where their loved one was injured or died at these facilities due to bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers), malnutrition, dehydration, or other injuries.
Many Sava Senior Care issues are the result of low quality of care, inadequate staffing, poor management and taking steps to increase profits at the cost of patients. In 2011, surviving family members filed suit against the corporation when a loved one, a Michigan nursing facility resident, choked to death when consuming food. The lawsuit claimed staff and caregiver negligence at the facility, which led to his death. The case was resolved with a $2.35 million verdict.
In a 2013 case, a lawsuit was filed against a Sava Senior Care Center in Colorado claiming “recurrent negligence” of a patient staying at the facility for over three years. During that time, the resident experienced an array of severe injuries that included multiple pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, UTIs (urinary tract infections), high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) abrasions and skin tears, substantial weight loss, and multiple serious life-threatening infections that included E. coli. This lawsuit resulted in a $300,000 verdict for compensatory damages and an additional $3 million to cover punitive damages as a punishment designed to improve quality of care at the facility.
While Sava Senior Care claims to focus their attention, staff training and care on their residents, numerous long-term and short-term patients have suffered serious harm or death at the hands of caregivers while staying at their facilities.
Other Claims Made Against Sava Senior Care
Lawsuit Alleges Man Dies as Nursing Staff Watches
This dispute arose at a Sava facility in Georgia. It garnered a lot of attention because the victim was a decorated veteran. Also, it appeared, at least from the plaintiff’s contentions, that some of the nurses merely looked on as the man suffered. He began losing oxygen at some point and called out for help. Initially, it appeared that things would be taken care of and fixed. Staff rushed to the scene. However, that to did not translate into medical attention or to an ER transfer. The latter did not occur for more than an hour. Also, in the meantime, despite the defendants’ claims, nurses did not administer CPR. This was confirmed when the plaintiffs were able to evidence video proof. That shows nurses apparently laughing as the man died. The man was survived by children and grandchildren. They brought this action against the facility and related professionals.
Plaintiffs Allege Sava Senior Locations are Dumping Patients
Sava Senior has nursing homes in many states, some of which are located in Illinois. Plaintiffs filed an action stating that half a dozen of their California facilities are dumping patients. Dumping is essentially eviction. This process with nursing homes is federally regulated because these places normally hold sick, elderly, and other vulnerable segments of society. The home must give 30-day notice and explanation to the resident and representative, make arrangements if possible, for transfer, and have an appeals system. Apparently, that did not happen here. Some were left stranded and ended up in the emergency room as a result. The suit asked for an injunction in order to stop this from happening as well as similar future incidents. Normally, homes dump patients for similar reasons including the following: the resident is dangerous; the resident cannot pay; or the home is shutting down. However, residents have rights and there is a system to prevent their illegal eviction.
Children Bring Lawsuit after Mother Dies in Illinois Nursing Home
The nursing home resident affected here was an elderly woman. She had been in and out of facilities for several years before this incident. She entered the Sava home in question after she broke a bone. Staff treated her at a hospital but then transferred her to the home for long-term care. Bed sores emerged while she was at the hospital. However, they got worse and even became infected while she stayed at the nursing facility. When she passed away not long after, her surviving children thought these developments were to blame. They brought a lawsuit against the hospital and home. They alleged both defendants were to blame and left it to them to sort liability portions. Eventually, the family ended up receiving over $100,000. That money mostly came from the hospital with the remainder coming from the Illinois Sava nursing home.
Attorneys Willing to Fight Sava Senior Care
As with many large nursing home chains, Sava Senior Care may attempt to delay or deny a legitimate claim. The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC stand with you and will do what it takes to see your case through resolution via arbitration, mediation or trial. Whatever the circumstance our firm is uniquely positioned from a litigation perspective to go toe to toe with any corporate nursing home operators, such as Sava Senior Care. Contact our office for a Free Consultation regarding your potential case.