Any infectious breakout in a nursing facility can cause significant harm to existing medical conditions or even compromise the life and well-being of the resident. Many nursing facilities treat common infections including influenza and UTIs (urinary tract infections). To ensure everyone safety, it is crucial that caregivers recognize often elusive symptoms and signs and take appropriate action to prevent the spread of the infection to others in the facility. Any sudden change in the resident’s behavior including an onset of unexpected urinary incontinence or worsening confusion associated with dementia can be a warning sign.
Our team of dedicated abuse advocacy attorneys provide immediate intervention when nursing home resident’s rights to a safe environment are compromised. In addition, we update publicly available information and post the data here outlining known safety concerns, opened investigations and complaints filed by family members, surveyors and investigators.
The British Home
The British Home is a 66-certified bed Medicare-participating nonprofit to residents of Brookfield and Cook County, Illinois. The home is located at:
8700 W. 31st St.
Brookfield, IL 60513
In addition, the facility provides cardiac, pulmonary, respiratory and orthopedic care along with pain management, cognitive therapies, and therapy care for swallowing (dysphagia) and communication (aphasia) challenges.
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government continuously maintains their star rating summary system to compare nursing facilities nationwide and posts the information on their website www.Medicare.gov. Currently, the British Home maintains an overall five out of five available stars compared to other facilities in the United States. This includes five stars for both quality measures and staffing issues along with three stars for health inspections.
The nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous filed complaints and opened investigations involving The British Home. This includes:
- Failing to Prevent an Environment Free of the Spread of Infections:
- Failure to Follow Fall Prevention Protocols:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/27/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “prevent cross-contamination during incontinence care for [a resident at the facility].” This is in response to a wound nurse, registered nurse and certified nurse’s aide (CNA) wearing isolation gloves/gowns when entering a resident’s room to perform incontinence care. The certified nurse’s aide removed “the resident’s soiled linens from the bed. [The CNA] cleaned bowel movement from [the resident’s] mattress then removed the isolation gown and soiled gloves [CNA] was wearing. Without performing any hygiene, [the CNA] left [the resident’s] room to retrieve additional supplies.” During that time, [the nurse] used cleansing wipes to cleanse bowel movement from [the resident’s] perineal area. Without removing the soiled gloves or performing hand hygiene, [the CNA] assisted [the wound nurse] in applying an incontinence pad to [the resident].”
In a separate statement of deficiencies dated 03/26/2014 a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure “to implement their infection control handwashing policy and procedures for [a resident at the facility].” This is in response to an observation where the “staff in the laundry failed to use protective gear (mask, apron) when processing linen through the laundry room from isolation rooms. The facility failed to implement their infection control policy in the laundry area. The laundry staff processes linen from isolation rooms without all protective gear required by the infection control policy. This failure has the potential to affect all 53 residents."
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/17/2014, a complaint investigation was opened against The British Home for its failure “to properly use a gait belt and supervise a resident while assisting with ambulation to prevent a fault for [a resident]” …… “This failure resulted in [the resident] sustaining an acute non-displaced intertrochanteric failure.”
Brookfield, Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been victimized through abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois, including the British Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of Brookfield, Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can evaluate a legal claim for compensation.
Call us today for a free consultation at (888) 424-5757. We have extensive experience investigating complicated nursing home negligent care lawsuits and claims. We accept all nursing home abuse cases on contingency, meaning there are no fees until we obtain compensation on your behalf.