Nursing facilities that provide a high level of care develop and implement an effective plan of care for every resident to ensure their safety and well-being. The Plan of Care usually involves goals to maximize the resident’s comfort and safety by including necessary interventions to prevent them from falling, developing bedsores are other factors to manage their health. Unfortunately, the Hanover Park elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered injuries and death because of the neglect, abuse or mistreatment of their caregivers.
All nursing homes have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety and optimal health of their residents by hiring competent Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Aides that provide care in a safe environment. Any failure to do so could be detrimental to the health of the resident and lead to their early demise. Unfortunately, over staffing and a lack of competent nurses has placed an undue burden on many of the residents living in nursing homes in Illinois.Symphony of Hanover Park
Symphony of Hanover Park is a 150-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Hanover Park and Cook and DuPage counties. The for-profit Center is located at:
2000 W. Lake St.
Hanover Park, Illinois 60133
The specialty programs provided by Symphony of Hanover Park include:
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
- Chronic Bronchitis
- Lung diseases
- Pulmonary Hypertension
Rehabilitation services include:
- Orthopedic surgery and joint replacement
- Amputations and prosthetic rehab
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Pain management
- Heart conditions and cardiac procedures
- Neurological conditions
- Stroke and brain injury rehab
- Diabetes management and education
- IV therapy
- Wound care
- Renal care
Each month, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases and post the information concerning health violations, safety concerns, opened investigations and filed complaints of facilities nationwide. This publicly available information is posted online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov through their comparative analysis star rating summary system.
Currently, Symphony of Hanover Park maintains an overall four out of five available star rating compared to other nursing homes in the United States. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both health concerns and staffing issues. However, our Hanover Park nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Plan of Care Is Written by a Qualified Individual
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/22/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "implement fall interventions as listed in the Plan of Care [of the resident] reviewed for fall Care Plan interventions.”
The failure was first noted upon observation of a resident at 2:14 PM on 12/16/2015 who “was awake, alert, unable to make his needs known. He is clean, dressed and groomed. He has a low bed with bed alarm in place. He has a wheelchair with a chair alarm in place. He has a walker bedside [...and] is seated in his side chair next to his low bed with no alarm attached. He is alert to self and confused at times.” The state investigator interviewed the Registered Nurse providing the resident care at 2:25 PM that same day who stated that the resident “should have his alarm attached when he is sitting in his side chair.”
The state investigator noted that the nursing staff at Symphony of Hanover failed to follow their 11/09/2015 Resident Care Plan interventions that reads in part: “Pressure Chair Alarm in place when up to alert staff to potential attempts to stand.” The investigator interviewed the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing the following day on 12/17/2015 who stated that the resident “should have his alarm attached while up to the chair.”
- Failure to Provide Residents an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated 12/22/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to supervise [a resident] who was identified as a wanderer and high risk for falls.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to develop a fall Care Plan and follow an order from the Nurse Practitioner to monitor [the resident] after an unwitnessed fall/incident on 03/17/2015.” There was also a failure by the nursing staff “to use a gait belt to transfer [the resident who] sustained a fracture of the right wrist identified on 03/18/2015.
A review of the resident’s 03/17/2015 Care Plan revealed the resident “has severe cognitive deficits/dementia, [is] unaware of her surroundings and a wanderer (moves with no rational purpose, seemingly oblivious to needs and safety.)” However, there was “no further documentation or assessment found that the facility monitored or assessed [the resident and] there were no range of motion documented or presented during the survey.”
If your loved one has suffered injury, harm, neglect or mistreatment while residing at any nursing home facility in Illinois, including Symphony of Hanover Park, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide options to hold those responsible financially and legally accountable. Our DuPage County elder abuse attorneys can build a case to ensure that your loved one receives the financial recompense they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Hanover Park Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers today by calling (888) 424-5757 for a free, no obligation consultation. We accept nursing home abuse cases on contingency, so no upfront fee is necessary.