Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are the most frequent types of bacterial infections occurring to residents in nursing facilities, assisted-living centers, and long-term care homes. Any steps to prevent a UTI can reduce residents suffering and minimize the need for antibiotic use. Unfortunately, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered life-threatening infections caused by the negligent actions of the nursing staff.
Young adults with urinary tract infections experience painful burning when urinating however, elders with urinary tract infections rarely display any clear symptom and might not experience discomfort or pain at all. Unfortunately, undetected urinary tract infections can cause life-threatening conditions along with incontinence, confusion and the inability to perform routine daily activities.
Any sign that a resident is experiencing a urinary tract infection might be an early indicator of neglect or mistreatment occurring in a nursing facility. Without immediate treatment, the infection can easily lead to cystitis, the inflammation or infection of the bladder that causes painful and frequent urination. In addition, lower and upper portions of the urinary tract system can also become highly infected and develop into urethritis (urethral infection), pyelonephritis (UTI-related kidney infection) or toprostatitis (UTI-related prostate gland enlargement).
Symphony at the Tillers
Symphony at the Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a for-profit facility that houses 94 beds and accepts Medicaid/Medicare. The facility serving Kendall and Kane Counties is located at:
4390 Route 71
Oswego, Illinois 60543
The facility also provides rehabilitation for joint replacement, fractures, cervical and lumbar injuries, osteoporosis, arthritis, and amputations. In addition, the facility provides clinical programs in cardiac, respiratory disease, brain injury rehabilitation, strokes, complex postsurgical wound care and therapies including physical, occupational, respiratory and speech.
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to help families make the best decision when placing a loved one in a nursing home, the Oswego nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers continuously review, assess and evaluate publicly available information on nursing facilities throughout the United States published on the federal website Medicare.gov.
Currently, the Symphony at the Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains a five out of five available stars rating compared with other nursing homes nationwide. However, a review of the database revealed specific concerns that involve:
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives Proper Services to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/01/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "clean a resident’s genital areas after incontinence in a manner that would prevent the potential development of infection and maintain hygiene.”
The failure by the nursing staff at Symphony of the Tillers concerns an observation on 09/29/2015 of the nursing staff member providing incontinence care for a resident. At that time, the Certified Nursing Assistant “put gloves on and transferred [the resident] to bed with the use of a mechanical lift.” Two Certified Nursing Assistants pull the resident’s “pants down and unfastened the resident’s soaked incontinent brief before taking a disposable wipe and wiping the resident’s buttocks then with “the same disposable wipe then wiping [the resident’s] buttocks area again with the same disposable wipe.”
During the observation, it was noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant applied clean incontinent pad under the resident using the same dirty disposable gloves and then took the cream and applied it to the resident’s buttocks using the same dirty gloves. A review of the resident’s multiple laboratory results revealed that the resident “had a history of UTI (urinary tract infection).”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/01/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide a hazard free and safe environment my maintaining and ensuring that the medication cart, treatment cart, and housekeeping cart were locked and in visual control.”
The deficient practices by the nursing staff and employees at Symphony of the Tillers were revealed during a 09/29/2015 environmental tour with the facility’s Maintenance Supervisor where it was noted that “a medication cart was parked in the hallway between room 207 and 209. This cart was unlocked and unattended.”
Additional observations made a few minutes later noted that another “medication cart was unlocked and unattended [...and] parked between room 101 and room 103” while the nurse was “inside room 104.” Later that afternoon, Registered Nurse at the facility “place a medication cart in the lobby near the entrance to the dining room as residents were coming in for dinner.” The Registered Nurse entered the dining room to pass medication but left the medication cart unlocked and out of visual control. The Registered Nurse stated that “the cart should be locked and said she thought she had locked it.”
Oswego Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury, harm or abuse while residing at Symphony of the Tillers or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal help. contact us today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. We accept all personal injury cases through contingency fee arrangements.