Often times, family members have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they remain in a safe and loving environment. Unfortunately, many nursing homes lack sufficient monitoring due to overcrowded conditions or short staffing. When a resident becomes aggressive toward others, it places the health and well-being of all in immediate jeopardy. Sadly, the Northbrook elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident suffered serious injury or an untimely death due to an assault caused by another resident at the facility.
The Grove of Northbrook
The Grove of Northbrook is a 134-certified bed for profit Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Northbrook and Cook County, Illinois. The nursing facility is located at:
263 Skokie Boulevard
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
Northbrook Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To provide accurate information on every nursing facility in the United States, both the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update the nursing home databases to reflect all filed complaints, safety concerns, filed investigations and health violations on facilities nationwide. The updated information can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, The Grove of Northbrook maintains an overall three out of five available star rating and the national star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and three out of five stars for both staffing issues and health inspections. Our Northbrook elder abuse attorneys have uncovered numerous deficiencies and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Potential Risks and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents from Occurring
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/05/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "have a plan to supervise and monitor residents with aggressive behavior with a history of repeated aggressive behavior toward co-residents.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at The Grove of Northbrook directly affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for behavior.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 05/17/2015 through 05/30/2015 Nursing Notes that revealed six episodes of a resident “exhibiting signs of verbal and physical aggression toward peers.” This includes an observation of the resident on 05/24/2015 “holding a table knife and about to stab another resident while in the dining room.” At that point, the aggressive resident “was admitted to the hospital for three days.” However, again on 05/30/2015, staff heard [the resident’s] mobility alarm sounding, went to [the resident’s] room and observed [the resident] attempting to stab [another resident] with a butter knife.” Again, the resident “was hospitalized for [treatment]”.
The resident’s 04/14/2015 through 05/31/2015 Behavior Monitor Record revealed the resident was “being monitored for aggressive behavior. This document consistently shows the absence of aggressive behavior which contradicts nursing progress notes documentation of repeated aggression during the same period.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s Initial Service Assessment reveals the resident “has been hospitalized in the past for aggressive behavior toward others.” However, “there was no treatment plan developed to address this history [...and] subsequent Social Service Note between 04/02/2014 through 04/19/2015 consistently states [the resident] will continue to be monitored.” It was also revealed that the resident’s 04/08/2015 Care Plan identifies the resident’s aggressive behavior but does not include a Plan of Care to address the aggressive behavior.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing on 06/05/2015 and stated “that there should have been a Plan of Care developed and implemented to address [the resident’s] behavior and need for supervision [...and] stated staff training on resident monitoring and supervision needs to be done.” The facility’s Administrator stated later that morning “that the facility follows its Abuse Policy for resident supervision. This policy dated 12/10/2014 states residents with needs and behaviors which might lead to conflict or neglect such as those with a history of aggressive behavior are to be assessed, care planned and monitored.”
- Failure to Provide Specialized Services for the Resident’s Assessment and Plan of Care
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/05/2015, the state inspectors noted the facility’s failure “to provide mental health rehabilitation services for [two residents at the facility].” The state inspector noted that the facility’s roster for weekly group and outside day program showed that [and aggressively behaving resident] was “not scheduled for these programs.”
Northbrook Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has been abused in a resident to resident assault while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including the Grove of Northbrook, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action. Our Cook County Illinois elder abuse attorneys can handle every aspect of your financial claim for compensation against all parties responsible for your loved one’s harm.
To ensure that your case for financial recompense is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Northbrook Illinois nursing home abuse law firm of (888) 424-5757 today to speak with one of our attorneys in a free, no obligation consultation. We accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases on contingency, so no upfront fee or retainer is necessary.