Symphony Lincoln Park
The nursing staff takes an oath to timely report suspected abuse of residents to prevent any further mistreatment and to ensure their safety. Nursing home abuse can take many forms, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and financial exploitation. Nursing staff should be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse and report it immediately.
The caregivers should be familiar with the facility's reporting system and know who to contact when they suspect abuse. It is also essential to have a policy outlining how allegations of abuse will be investigated, which will help ensure that any potential abuse is addressed quickly and appropriately.
While residing at Symphony Lincoln Park, was your loved one the victim of neglect or abuse? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help stop the mistreatment using civil tort law.
Contact our Chicago, IL nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team concerning your time at Lincoln Park Symphony remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Symphony Lincoln Park
This facility is a 248-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-approved service mark owned limited liability company (not a continuing care retirement community) providing care and services to Cook County residents. Symphony Lincoln Park is located at:
1366 W. Fullerton Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60614
Symphony Lincoln Park is a part of the Symphony care network consulting and marketing services to provide care, amenities, and services based on each resident's preferences, including:
- Cardiac care
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Pulmonary rehabilitation
- Palliative care
- Post-acute care
- Memory care
- Respite care
- Long-term care
- Short-term rehab
- Personalized care
- Short stay opportunities
- Dialysis services and clinical programs
- Wound management
- Pain management
- Cardiac management
- On-site beauty salon
- Spa services
- Supportive living opportunities
- Personal assistance with activities of daily living
- Access to recreational activities
Not all services and amenities provided by Symphony Lincoln Park are available at all Symphony Care Network member facilities. It is essential when reviewing with the consulting and marketing services about the needs of your loved one to review and confirm all services are provided at the location of your choice.
Symphony Lincoln Park Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal government routinely updates data on professional standards and alleged violations at all nursing facilities in the United States receiving Medicare funding; this includes Lincoln Park Symphony.
Many families use the Medicare and Medicaid services information to choose the ideal location for senior care when placing a loved one in a nursing home. Any lack of adequate supervision, care, service, and assistance at Lincoln Park Symphony could lead to a major injury resulting in severe trauma or death.
Symphony Lincoln Park currently maintains two out of five stars in the Medicare rating system. The ranking includes:
- Two out of five stars for health inspections
- Two out of five stars for staffing issues
- Three out of five stars for quality measures
The Cook County, personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, have reviewed years of inspections and surveys involving Symphony Lincoln Park and found numerous safety concerns, including:
Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Areas Are Free From Accident Hazards and Provides Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents – Deficiency #F0689
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 10, 2022, the State investigators determined that Lincoln Park Symphony "failed to store oxygen tanks appropriately in a resident's room to prevent accident hazards." The Lincoln Park Symphony facility also "failed to implement fall prevention interventions and not lowering the bed hyped in a resident's room."
In one incident, a resident was in a high-position bed. The resident told the investigator that the bed could not go down to a lower position, and the staff was aware but not doing anything about it.
The Symphony Lincoln Park resident verbalized to the inspector that they had a feeling to go to the bathroom but could not without assistance.
The inspector interviewed the facility registered nurse, who stated that the bed should be functional and placed in a lower position. The maintenance department should have been notified.
In a second incident, the state investigators observed a second-floor green oxygen tank resident's room stored on a bare floor with no cylinder rack.
The Lincoln Park Symphony licensed nurse providing the resident care and service stated that the oxygen container "should be stored in a rack." Not securing the full tank of oxygen could be a fire hazard.
Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care and Prevent new Ulcers From Developing – Deficiency #F0686
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated December 2, 2021, the state investigators determined Lincoln Park Symphony "failed to ensure low air loss mattresses were set at the recommended setting and failed to ensure low air loss mattresses were not layered within multiple linens and paddings for [four patients]."
Nursing homes use low air loss mattresses to minimize pressure on the resident skin, which could lead to a pressure wound. In numerous incidents at Symphony Lincoln Park, the air mattress was set to 300 pounds when the residents weighed less than 200 pounds.
Failure to Protect Each Resident From all Types of Abuse Such as Physical, Mental, Sexual Abuse, Physical Punishment, and Neglect by Anybody – Deficiency #F0600
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated May 20, 2022, the state investigators determined that Lincoln Park Symphony "failed to ensure the wrong resident considered at risk for abuse remain free from abuse."
The state investigators reviewed a Symphony of Lincoln Park resident's care plan that documented that they "may be at risk for potential abuse related to mental and emotional challenges and documented interventions to be implemented." The intervention services include explaining care tasks step-by-step to ensure that the Lincoln Park Symphony patient understands.
The state investigators interviewed the resident living at Lincoln Park Symphony, who said they were "feeling angry, inferior, not special, by the way [the wound care nurse] treated her. She felt she was treated like a baby, was talked down to, and was not listened to by [the Symphony of Lincoln Park wound care nurse] during care."
Verbally Abusing Resident In Front of Others
An interview with the wound care nurse verified that the resident had been showing "agitated behavior during care" more than once.
An interview with a registered nurse providing the resident treatment revealed that the wound care nurse "was arguing with the resident even when the RN was present. The Symphony of Lincoln Park registered nurse stated, "I am not a supervisor. I worked on the 2nd floor that day (March 17, 2022) as a floor nurse."
The wound care nurse told the RN that the resident "was calling him names such as idiot and stupid." The wound care nurse stated they got upset." The Lincoln Park Symphony wound care nurse failed to follow accepted professional principles when providing resident care services.
Why Nursing Home's Most Develop Effective Infection Prevention and Control Program
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately one in 25 hospital patients contracts an infection while receiving treatment. In long-term care facilities, the incidence of infection is even higher, with one in three residents developing an infection. Infections can occur anywhere in a nursing home but are most commonly found in the urinary tract, lungs, and skin.
Nursing Facilities, such as Lincoln Park Symphony, must develop, implement, and enforce an infection prevention and control program to avoid spreading infection. Such a program should include:
- Standardized policies and procedures for preventing and controlling infections
- Training staff on how to prevent and control infections
- Protocols for managing outbreaks of infection
- Periodic reviews of the program to ensure its effectiveness
Protecting Residents From Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
Abuse and neglect of nursing home residents can take many forms, including physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect of basic needs such as food, water, and medical care. All too often, nursing home residents are left helpless and vulnerable to mistreatment by those supposed to care for them.
Fortunately, there are steps that nursing home staff can take to protect residents from abuse and neglect. These include:
- Developing policies and procedures for reporting mistreatment,
- Providing training programs on recognizing and reporting abuse, and
- Establishing systems for responding quickly to abuse allegations.
In addition, nursing care facilities should work with proper authorities to ensure that any allegations of abuse are properly investigated. Nursing homes can help protect their residents from the horrors of abuse and neglect by taking these steps.
Properly Handling Controlled Drugs
Caregivers must ensure controlled drugs and biologicals in the nursing home area are labeled according to currently accepted professional principles and stored in separately locked compartments away from residents and others in the long-term care facility.
Drug abuse in a Lincoln Park Symphony assisted living facility is a serious issue that requires careful regulation by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Nursing home residents are often prescribed medications to help them manage their health conditions, and these medications must be handled and administered safely and appropriately.
The DEA oversees the distribution of controlled substances to ensure drugs are used for legitimate medical purposes only. This protocol helps to protect nursing home residents from the potential for drug abuse and misuse.
The DEA also works with nursing home care staff to provide education on proper drug administration and safety. In addition, the agency maintains a database of registered nurses and pharmacists who are authorized to prescribe and dispense controlled substances, which helps to ensure that only qualified professionals are entrusted with handling these medications.
The DEA's efforts to control drugs in nursing homes help to protect residents from the dangers of drug abuse and misuse. By ensuring that medications are handled properly, the agency helps to ensure that residents receive the best possible care.
Hire Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers to Resolve Your Personal Injury Lawsuit
Did the caregivers at Symphony Of Lincoln Park fail to provide appropriate treatment, leading to your major injury or the death of a loved one? The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can hold the long-term care nursing home financially accountable for damages.
Contact our nursing home abuse attorneys at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team about your time at Symphony Lincoln Park remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
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