Sunrise Senior Living offers health services in 14 communities throughout the Chicagoland area from the Wisconsin border down to Flossmoor. In addition to the Brighton Gardens of Wheaton, Sunrise has facilities in Buffalo Grove, Highland Park, Wilmette, Park Ridge, Schaumburg, Bloomingdale, Lincoln Park, Fountain Square, Flossmoor, Palos Park, Willowbrook, Naperville and Naperville North.
The facilities offer a variety of senior care solutions for numerous medical conditions and requirements that include:
- Memory care for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Independent living solutions
- Skilled nursing
- Assisted living
- Respite care solutions
- Hospice services
Mistreatment, Abuse and Neglect Alleged to Take Place at Sunrise
A lawsuit was filed in early 2014 against Sunrise Assisted Living in Willowbrook. The suit alleges negligent care that violated Illinois regulations requiring sufficient staff members must be on hand to provide acceptable standards of care. The lawsuit also alleges that the patient at the facility who had been a resident since 2010 had fallen approximately 14 times during her stay. Most of the fall episodes occurred after the patient pushed the call button requesting assistance to use the bathroom.
The allegations suggest that the staff was negligent in responding to the needs of the resident who could no longer wait to use the toilet, taking matters into her own hands. The patient would then attempt to position herself in a wheelchair as a way to transport to the bathroom, often landing on the bathroom floor.
In addition, the suit alleges negligence of the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in Willowbrook after the resident developed bedsores caused by her mobility challenges and a lack of repositioning. Bedsores can develop in less than two hours when body pressure on bony areas restricts blood flow to skin and underlying tissue. Due to neglect, the lawsuit alleged, the resident’s facility-acquired bedsore progressed to Stage IV, a life-threatening condition. The suit charges that the advanced stage pressure sores contributed to the patient’s demise or directly caused her death.
This is not the only lawsuit that Sunrise Senior Living has faced. One charge indicates that a Flossmoor Sunrise patient with an untreated fractured shinbone suffered serious “unnecessary pain and suffering” for two days. Another allegation involves the death of a Gurnee Sunrise facility patient who succumbed to respiratory failure because the oxygen tank she required either was turned off or empty on multiple occasions. This problem lasted more than six weeks.
Like other nursing facilities in Illinois, unlicensed, unskilled or untrained staff caused many of the complications at Sunrise Senior Living centers. Many of the regulations reportedly violated by Sunrise Senior Living were never reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
More Injury Claims and Awards Involving Sunrise Centers
Nursing Home Case Filed in Lake County, Illinois
The events of this recently filed lawsuit occurred at a Sunrise Senior Living facility in Highland Park, Illinois. The timing was the end of December 2016. An elderly female resident needed to go to the washroom. Apparently, she attempted to call the staff to assist her. However, the call button that the nursing home gave her to use was not working. Therefore, she attempted to go to the washroom alone. On her way to the bathroom, she fell down and injured herself. She sustained various personal injuries. She sued the nursing home. Her claims were that the facility negligently supervised her, negligently cared for her, and negligently helped her. Additionally, she added that the defendant home should not have allowed the call system to malfunction. Due to these errors, she contended that she suffered injuries and damages as a result. Her claim could seek compensation for all the economic (i.e. bills) and non-economic (i.e. pain, suffering, disability) losses that resulted directly from the defendant’s negligence.
Lawsuit Brought After Woman Falls in Illinois Nursing Home
The Illinois nursing home resident caught up in this case was almost one hundred years old. In fact, she was just ninety-eight. In her old age, she suffered from a number of serious medical conditions. To be precise, she was blind; she had dementia; and she was still suffering from the effects of a recent stroke. In these circumstances, doctors normally label a patient at risk for falls. They did the same thing in this case. However, it appears there was a disconnect between the doctors’ orders and the nursing home’s practices. She was staying at a Sunrise Senior Living center in Willowbrook. Staff left her alone one early April day and she fell down and broke her hip. The subsequent lawsuit criticized the home’s policies and procedures that allowed this to happen. It was filed in Du Page County, Illinois. It sought damages related to the pain, costs, and other losses that came about as a result.
Neglected Woman Sues Illinois Nursing Home
The person that brought this cause of action was a female who lived at a Sunrise Senior facility in Fountain Square. She claimed that the home did not adequately treat her, neglected her, and she suffered as a result. The claim list several consequences of the alleged deficient service including kidney failure, blood clotting, and fluid build up in her lungs and heart. Obviously, these are not things that are normally supposed to happen while someone lives at a long-term care facility. If the woman could show that the home was negligent, then she will be able to recover compensation for her injuries, bills, and reduced quality of life. To succeed in this, she would have to illustrate how the care was unreasonable and fell below what any ordinary resident would expect for the circumstances.
Nursing Home Accident Injures Local Female Resident
The resident who sued in this Illinois nursing home case entered the Sunrise Senior location after undergoing bypass surgery. She had gastrointestinal problems that required the operation. While she was living at the facility, she required help getting about during her normal daily routine. One day while she was showering, a nurse waited just adjacent to the shower. Suddenly, the nurse tripped and fell over. The whole shower came falling down and caused the resident to tumble over as well. The woman injured her head in the crash. Subsequently, she experienced effects related to vertigo and other pathology issues. She sued the facility for all of the damage that resulted in the accident. She argued that the defendant was negligent, and, therefore, liable to her for all of the harms that unreasonable conduct caused her.
Protecting a Loved One From Neglect During an Admission to Sunrise Senior Living
In many situations, families have no other option than to place a loved one in an assistant living facility or nursing home. However, this often puts the individual in harm’s way and subjects them to physical, sexual or emotional abuse along with financial exploitation, neglect, self-neglect or abandonment.
Taking action to protect the patient against neglect, mistreatment or abuse is often necessary. Many problems are avoided when the patient’s family members serve as health advocates. This requires routine unexpected visits to look for any sign of problems. Common signs of neglect, abuse or mistreatment often involve:
- An unexpected change in behavior
- An unexplained injury including pressure marks, bruises, abrasions, broken bones or burns
- Bruising around the genital area or breasts
- Poor hygiene
- The development of bedsores
- Unusual weight loss
- An unexplainable withdrawal from regular activities or an unexpected change in alertness behavior
- Tense or strained relationships including frequent disruptive arguments between the patient and caregivers
In many situations, the loved one being abused, neglected or mistreated must suffer in silence. Because of that, family members need to take action when noticing any unexpected change in behavior or personality. It is not the role of family members, friends and visitors to verify that the neglect, abuse or mistreatment is occurring. However, it is essential to alert others of any suspicious behavior, condition or activity.
In many situations, family members will hire a nursing home abuse attorney to investigate and prosecute the incident. The attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can take immediate action to stop the problem and provide various legal options to hold responsible parties accountable for their deplorable actions.