Any facility-acquired bedsore if not treated immediately has the potential to progress to a life-threatening condition causing the wound to become opened exposing muscle, bone, and tissue. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to follow procedures and protocols to minimize the potential development of a bedsore, especially in residents who are at high risk for skin breakdown. Unfortunately, the Chicago elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered or died due to a facility acquired bedsore that could have been prevented had the staff followed proven protocols for care.
Nursing home regulatory agencies managed by the federal government require every nursing facility to conduct ongoing assessments of all residents upon admission and at intervals to continually reevaluate the risks of developing bedsores. Medicare and Medicaid classify every bedsore as preventable unless it can be determined that the sore was “medically unavoidable.” However, even unavoidable bedsores can be managed by teams who are specifically trained to handle open life-threatening wounds.
The nursing staff must identify specific risk factors of the resident’s skin, develop an effective care plan that provides guidance to the nursing staff. Often times, this requires the assistance of repositioning the resident’s body to alleviate pressure to avoid a restriction of blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the skin and underlying tissue.
Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center
Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center is a 191-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents in the Chicago metropolitan area. The for-profit center is located at:
5838 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, Illinois 60660
In addition to skilled nursing care and rehabilitation services, Sheridan Shores offers in-house services that include: radiology, pharmacy, dentistry podiatry, and ophthalmology.
Chicago Area Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that its national nursing home database remains current, the federal government routinely updates information involving recently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns at every facility throughout the United States. The information is then posted on numerous websites including Medicare.gov through its comparative analysis star rating summary tool, used by families to make well-informed decisions about where to place a loved one in a nursing facility in their community.
Currently, Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall three out of five available star rating compared to other facilities in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues. Our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Proper Treatment Needed to Prevent the Development of a New Bedsore or Allow Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/15/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "develop and revise care plans for pressure ulcer care, monitor condition size of the resident’s pressure ulcer, investigate deterioration of a pressure ulcer and follow the policy regarding turning and repositioning residents with or at risk for a pressure ulcer.” The state investigator noted that the multiple failures applied to five residents at the facility “reviewed for pressure ulcers.”
One failure was first noted on 06/11/2015 through intermittent observations of a resident at 11:02 AM, 12:30 PM and 12:35 PM, when the resident “was observed on her back while up in a reclining chair.” Upon interview with the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at 12:37 PM, the CNA stated that the resident “was gotten up at 9:30 AM. When asked how often [the resident] is turned and repositioned while up in the chair, [the Certified Nursing Assistant] stated, every two hours.” The CNA stated that they “were not aware the facility’s policy to turned/repositioned residents every hour if they are up in their chair.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s Progress Notes that were authored by Wound Nurse at the facility with records on 04/21/2015, 05/05/2015, 05/19/2015, 05/26/2015 and 06/05/2015 noting wounds, opened areas and skin tears on the resident. However, the investigator noted that “there was no measurement documented upon review of the above-mentioned wound progress notes.” In addition, the resident’s 11/13/2014 Care Plan created to address the resident’s sacral wound was never “updated to adapt to [the resident’s] current status and the Care Plan approaches were not updated since 11/13/2014.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s “Care Plan goal still documents [that the resident] will be free of skin breakdown and infection with a target date of 08/12/2015”, which is nine months in the future when the document was being reviewed.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has developed a facility-acquired bedsore while residing at Sheridan Shores Care and Rehabilitation Center, or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide various legal options to hold those responsible financially and legally accountable. Our Cook County elder abuse attorneys can investigate your case for compensation to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
Contact our Chicago Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free full case, no obligation evaluation to determine the merits of your compensatory claim. We handle all personal injury cases through contingency fee agreement so no upfront payment is required.