The nursing staff and employees at every nursing facility in Illinois must follow procedures and protocols to minimize the spread of infection that could harm the health and hygiene of every resident. This includes taking appropriate measures when preparing and serving food to the residents and providing a clean environment free of dangerous hazards and contaminants. Unfortunately, the Joliet elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered facility-acquired infections that could have been prevented had the employees and staff members followed the facility’s policies on cleanliness and food handling.
Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 168 certified bed for-profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing services to residents of Joliet and Kendall and Will Counties. The facility is located at:
777 Draper Avenue
Joliet, Illinois 60432
In addition to providing nursing care, Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center also provides process-hospital care for stroke recovery, long-term care, respite care, hospice care cardiac care and orthopedic procedures.
Joliet Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that the public can find information on nursing facilities throughout the United States, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their databases to include newly filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The updated information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov through their star rating summary system.
Currently, Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for health concerns and four out of five stars for both staffing issues and quality measures. However, our Joliet nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Programs and Investigate, Controller Keep Infection from Spreading
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, a state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to perform hand hygiene when preparing food for residents.” The deficient practice by the employees at Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center applies to one resident “who receive food handled and prepared by the kitchen staff.”
The failure first noted at 12:30 PM on 09/15/2015 during an observation of the kitchen when a dietary cook “handle the food cart with gloved hands during the tray line and continued to prepare [the resident’s] food by directly touching the cheese with gloved hands.” At that point, the dietary cook “then removed gloves and wipe the cart with the rag [before proceeding to prepare the resident’s] food without washing hands or without gloves.”
Two minutes later at 12:32 PM, the facility’s Dietary Manager handle the resident’s “meat with gloved hands that were used to touch multiple surfaces.” A few minutes later at 12:40 PM, during an interview with the Dietary Manager, they stated: “the staff should change the gloves when handling food.” This was confirmed the same day by the facility’s Administrator who stated “she “would” in-service the dietary staff on hand washing. The investigator noted that the deficient practice by the employees at the facility failed to follow the facility’s undated policy for safe food preparation and handling. The procedure reads in part:
“Employees will avoid direct contact (i.e.) using bare hands with ready-to-eat foods. If gloves are used, they will be single use gloves.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment That Is Safe, Easy to Use, Clean, and Comfortable
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/17/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide a safe, clean, sanitary and well-maintained environment for the residents.” The failure at the facility was noted on the third floor “which was being used as a storage for resident equipment and supplies.”
The state investigator noted that in the area “there was a strong urine odor inside room 220 [...and] inside room 219’s bathroom, the heater cover was off [...and] leaning against the wall between the toilet and the tub. Inside the same bathroom, a circular hole (uncovered) approximately 3.5 to 4.0 inches was noted on the floor, between the toilet and the tub.”
In addition, the state investigator noted: “there was a strong urine odor inside room 232 [...and] room 240.” In addition, “inside the shared bathroom for rooms 234 and 233, accumulation of brown substances was noted around the base of the toilet.”
Joliet Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered a facility-acquired infection or lives in filth while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Spring Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our Kendall County elder abuse attorneys have extensive experience in litigating nursing home neglect cases and can take appropriate measures to ensure that your family receives the financial compensation you deserve for your losses and damages.
To ensure your financial compensatory claim is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Joliet Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept every nursing home neglect and abuse case through contingency fee agreements. This means we provide you immediate legal services that are only paid for after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial.