The majority of Illinois nursing home residents admitted to the emergency room are usually suffering from a serious condition after falling at the facility. Without proper supervision and a lack of developing and enforcing interventions to minimize the risk of falling, many residents are highly susceptible to suffering broken bones, hematomas or other serious consequence that has the potential of negatively altering their overall health. Unfortunately, the Homewood elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered injury from a fall that could have been prevented had the nursing staff followed established procedures and protocols.
South Suburban Rehabilitation Center
South Suburban Rehabilitation Center is a 259-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Homewood and Cook County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
Homewood, Illinois 60430
In addition to providing short-term rehabilitation, the facility also offers memory care, hospice care, and individualized treatment programs.
Homewood Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system to reflect the entire history of opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints against all facilities nationwide. The updated results are posted on various websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Suburban Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare national star rating summary system compared to every other facility in the United States. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and one out of five stars for health inspections. Our Homewood nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Complete Care Plans That Meet All of the Resident’s Needs with Measurable Timetables and Actions
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "develop and implement fall risk interventions for residents at risk for falls.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Suburban Rehabilitation Center directly affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for falls.”
In one incident, a resident at the facility experienced an episode on 07/13/2015 “which resulted in a fall.” The resident “sustained a small reddened area to the right side of the forehead.” The facility’s “Administrator stated on 10/30/2015 at approximately 9:30 AM that the facility staff failed to complete an incident report for [the resident’s] fall which could have addressed what fall injury prevention measures were in place.”
In a separate incident, a resident was “observed in her room on 10/29/2015 at 9:30 AM, sitting in a wheelchair in her room.” The resident suffers with “right-sided weakness, right arm contracture and an elastic bandage on the right leg from the foot to the knee.” The resident stated she has an ulcer on her right leg.” During the observation, the resident attempted to stand with a wheelchair moved slightly backward. The state investigator directed the resident “to lock her wheelchair, which [the resident] was unable to engage the right side. After a few attempts, [the resident] was able to come to a standing position, holding onto the bedside table for stability [...and] was able to pivot herself, holding on the bedside table and plopped on the bed.”
The investigator noted that “there were no interventions in place to address [the resident’s fall] risk factor.” It was also noted that the facility’s August 2008 Fall Policy “does not address fall intervention strategies.
- Failure to Provide Adequate Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/05/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide a resident with a pressure ulcer, the wound treatment as recommended by the wound doctor.” The deficient practice involved a resident admitted to the facility on 09/10/2015.
The resident’s 04/19/2016 Pressure Ulcer Report noted a stage IV coccyx pressure ulcer acquired while residing at the facility on 03/14/2016, along with a Stage II right buttocks pressure ulcer. The nurses were given orders on the resident’s Physician Order Sheet (POS) to cleanse the wound. However, upon observation, the state investigator noted that the care provided by the nurses did not reflect the direct orders by the physician as documented in the TAR (Treatment Administration Record).
Homewood Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one suffered serious harm from a fall or facility-acquired bedsore while residing at South Suburban Rehabilitation Center, or any Illinois nursing home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help. Our Illinois elder abuse attorneys can handle your case for financial compensation to ensure your family receives the recompense they deserve.
For a no obligation, free case evaluation, contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 today. We accept all wrongful death lawsuits, personal injury cases, and nursing home neglect/abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid after we have negotiated your acceptable out of court financial settlement with all parties involved or have won your case in front of a judge and jury. All information you share with our elder abuse law firm remains confidential.