Sava Senior Care Ratings & Violations
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
Also, 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 certified inspectors.
The CMS also rates the staff members 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 both health and staffing 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 deficient 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 senior 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 the 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 including multiple pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition, UTIs (urinary tract infections), high potassium levels (hyperkalemia) abrasions and skin tears, substantial weight loss, and multiple life-threatening severe 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 the quality of care at the facility.
While Sava Senior Care claims to focus their attention, staff training, and care on their home residents, numerous long-term and short-term patients have suffered severe harm or death at the hands of caregivers while staying at their facilities.
Common Forms of Elder Abuse
Many victims of elder abuse suffer needlessly or die from a wrongful death. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the most common reports of abuse involving senior citizens in the United States include:
- Physical abuse by a staff member or other residents/visitors
- Financial exploitation
- Psychological abuse
- Neglect and mistreatment by staff members
- Emotional abuse
- Sexual abuse involving older women and men
Other Claims Made Against Sava Senior Care
Lawsuit Alleges Man Dies as Nursing Staff Watches
This dispute arose at a Sava facility in Georgia and 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.
Even though the nursing staff rushed to the scene, the nurses and nurse's assistance did not provide medical attention or initiate a transfer to the emergency room quickly. After more than an hour, the staff called emergency medical technicians. However, before the EMT arrived, the nurses never administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
The plaintiffs in the lawsuit provided video evidence proof showing the nurses laughing as the man died. The victim was survived by his adult children and grandchildren, who brought this action against the facility and related professionals.
Plaintiffs Allege Sava Senior Locations are Dumping Patients
Sava Senior operates assisted living facilities in many states, including in Illinois. Plaintiffs filed an action stating that half a dozen of their California facilities are dumping (erecting) patients.
Maintaining residence in nursing homes is regulated by the federal and state governments. Numerous agencies that regulate these places because they regularly house the sick, elderly, and other vulnerable members of society. The home is required to give the resident or their representative a 30-day notice with an explanation of why the move is necessary. The home must make arrangements, if possible, for transfer and have an appeals system.
The plaintiff state that the nursing home never provided an explanation or a notice for transfer out of the facility. Some residents evicted from the home were left stranded and ended up in the emergency room as a result. The filed civil lawsuit asked for an injunction to stop ruthless evictions from happening in similar future incidents.
Typically, nursing homes dump (evict) patients for appropriate reasons like if the resident is dangerous, the resident cannot pay, or the home is shutting down. However, eldercare home residents have rights, and there is a system to prevent their illegal eviction.
Children Bring Lawsuit after Mother Dies in Illinois Nursing Home
The assisted living facility resident was an older adult who had been in and out of facilities for several years before this incident. She broke a bone, receive treatment at a hospital, and then was transferred to the Sava home for long-term care. Bed sores emerged while she was at the hospital.
After her transfer to the nursing home, the pressure wounds declined and became infected. She passed away not long after her arrival. Afterward, her surviving children brought a lawsuit against the hospital and Sava facility. The children alleged both defendants were to blame for their mother's death.
Eventually, the family ended up receiving over $100,000. That money mostly came from the hospital with the remainder was paid by the Illinois Sava seniors nursing home.
Hiring a Sava Senior Care Injury Attorney
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