Many Illinois nursing home residents have the potential of developing facility-acquired bedsores that could be life-threatening to their health and well-being. Because of that, the nursing staff is required to provide a higher level of skin care, hygiene assistance and wound treatments at the beginning development of a pressure sore (pressure wound; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer; bedsore). Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow procedures and protocols when providing skin care, which can be detrimental to the patient’s overall medical condition. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented neglected residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like South Suburban Rehabilitation Center who have developed preventable bedsores caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
South Suburban Rehabilitation Center
This facility is a 259-bed ‘for profit’ Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Homewood and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted Nursing Center is located at:
Homewood, IL 60430
In addition to providing skilled nursing care and wound care, the facility also offers palliative care, memory care, and occupational, speech and physical therapies.
Homewood Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that families are fully informed of the services and care that nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and state of Illinois routinely update their comprehensive list of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns of Homes nationwide. This Medicare.gov data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, South Suburban Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare rating comparison system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have located various safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Services to Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/05/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation involving the facility’s failure to “provide a resident with a pressure ulcer wound treatment as recommended by the wound doctor.” The deficient practice involved the 73-year-old resident admitted to the facility in September 2015 diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease along with hemiparesis and hemiplegia following a cerebral infarction.
Seven months after admittance to the facility, the resident’s 04/19/2016 Pressure Ulcer Report documented a stage IV coccyx pressure ulcer that was acquired at the facility on 03/14/2016 and a Stage II right buttocks pressure sore acquired at the facility on 03/14/2016. The physician provided detailed instructions on 04/26/2016 to guide the nursing staff through wound care using normal saline and/or wound cleanser, patting the wound dry and applying Santyl [an enzymatic debriding ointment that removes dead skin from burned areas and wounds] and a dry dressing daily or PRN (as needed).”
The surveyor inquired at the time of care about how the wound care nurse was providing treatment to the resident’s bedsores. The Wound Nurse replied “were using the Santyl but will start using Calcium Alginate tomorrow. The doctor recommended to change the order to calcium alginate” yesterday.
“The surveyor inquired why [the resident’s] orders for daily dressing change received on Monday, 04/25/2016 would start on Wednesday, 04/27/2016.” The investigator confirmed that “according to the physician’s treatment orders, the use of Calcium Alginate for [the resident’s] pressure ulcer was not entered into the Physician Order Sheet (POS) prior to the surveyor’s inquiry.
- Failure to Ensure That the Dignity and Respect of Individuality of Residents Are Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “serve and provide meal service to residents in a dignified manner.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after observing a Certified Nursing Assistant on the morning of 10/27/2015 feeding a resident “breakfast in the dining room [who was] asleep.” The CNA “attempted to arouse [the resident] but was unable.” The Certified Nursing Assistant said that the resident “gets up early.
Two days later at 11:30 AM, the resident again was observed “asleep at the breakfast table.” In addition, the resident was asleep during lunch service in the dining room at 1:05 PM on 10/29/2015.” During that meal service, the investigator observed three other residents who “were seated, all of them were sleeping and snoring during meal service. They were aroused throughout the meal to eat.” The investigator noted that “there was no staff intervention [...and two residents] were eating from each other’s puréed meal tray and there was no staff intervention.
Homewood Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been neglected while living in South Suburban Rehabilitation Center, you must act quickly by contacting Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers to stop the mistreatment now. Let our knowledgeable Homewood attorneys file and successfully resolve your mistreatment, neglect or abuse case that happened in an Illinois nursing home.
Schedule your free, no obligation full case review today by calling our Cook County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.