Feeding tubes are often a necessity to provide nursing home residents who suffer challenges with swallowing and an inability to receive adequate nutrition, medication, and liquids. However, if the placement of the feeding tube is not performed correctly or checked before use, it can lead to lifelong chronic disabilities. In fact, the Zion elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have suffered serious injuries caused by displacement of their feeding tube.
Many doctors use feeding tubes as a last resort when the resident has lost the functioning ability to swallow without assistance. Unfortunately, a lack of competent training, unqualified nursing staff, and minimal monitoring can cause serious problems if an emergency arises when the feeding tube is being utilized.
The Grove at the Lake
The Grove at the Lake is a 230-certified bed for-profit facility participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The facility provides nursing services to residents of Zion and Lake County, Illinois and is located at:
2534 Elim Avenue
Zion, Illinois 60099
Along with skilled nursing care, The Grove at the Lake offers cardiac care, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, in-house bedside hemodialysis, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedic rehabilitation, pain management, pulmonary care, wound care, and physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Zion Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families use state and federal nursing home databases to make an informed decision of where to place a loved one who must receive the highest quality of medical and hygiene care. Each year, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their databases and post the information on a variety of websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, The Grove at the Lake maintains an overall one out of five available star rating compared with other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Zion nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Ensure Residents in Need of Specialty Care Receive That Care to Improve the Quality of Their Daily Life
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/08/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "check residual and placement of the feeding tube before starting feeding.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to apply the ordered dressing to [the resident’s] Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG) tube site.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at The Grove that the Lake affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first noted at 1:45 PM on October 5, 2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) was cleaning a resident’s “PEG tube site with normal saline and applied a T-drain dressing to [the resident’s] PEG tube site.” During the procedure, the LPN failed to apply “any ointment or alginate to [the resident’s] PEG site.
On October 5, 2015 at 2:10 PM, the Licensed Practical Nurse said: “that he did not check residual or placement [of the feeding tube] before starting the tube feeding, but it should have been done.” On 10/06/2015 at 11:30 AM, the Director of Nursing at the facility said, “that placement should be checked for PEG tubes before medications are delivered and when starting a feeding. The state investigator noted that the care provided to the resident on 10/05/2015 and 10/06/2015 “should be done with auscultation [listening for internal sounds with a stethoscope ...and] that residual should be checked before starting to feed. This process should be done every time.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce a Program That Investigates, Controls or Keeps Infection from Spreading throughout the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/08/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "clean a glucose machine according to the manufacturer’s directions to prevent the spread of blood-borne infections.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to ensure staff [members] wash their hands and change contaminated gloves while providing personal cares to residents.” It was also noted the facility failed “to ensure dirty linen was placed in a receptacle to prevent cross-contamination.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at The Grove at the Lake affected four residents at the facility.
In one incident, the failure was revealed at 11:34 AM on 10/07/2015 when a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the facility “perform a blood glucose check on [a resident].” At that time, the LPN returned to the medication cart and did not clean the machine.” A few minutes later, the LPN “took the same glucometer machine and went into [another resident’s] room and performed a blood glucose check [again not cleaning] the glucometer and continue to perform an act to check on [that resident] with the same machine.” During an interview, the LPN told the state investigator that “she only cleans the glucose machine every two uses.”
Zion Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been harmed while residing at The Grove on the Lake or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our reputable Zion elder abuse attorneys can assist you in seeking the financial compensation you deserve for the injuries you suffered from a feeding tube mistake.
We urge you to make contact with our Lake County nursing home abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation full case review. We accept every nursing home abuse case through contingency fee agreements so that no upfront payment is required.