With over 1.5 million Americans residing in nursing facilities nationwide, many homes are overburdened, understaffed or staff with unqualified nurses and nursing aides. Many times, nursing home residents are victimized and held in restraints when the nursing staff is unable to properly manage everyone under their care. Sadly, the Waukegan nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled numerous cases where the rights of residents were denied when they were restrained in their chair or bed without a physician’s order or directive in their plan of care.
Our attorneys are committed to serve as a legal advocate for every Illinois nursing home resident whose rights are denied or those treated without dignity and respect. We publish the most current publicly available data outlining open investigations, safety concerns and file complaints against nursing facility statewide. This information is vital in determining the best possible nursing facility to place an aging, disabled, recovering or injured loved one.
The Terrace Nursing Home
The Terrace Nursing Home is a 115-bed skilled nursing facility providing medical services to residents of Waukegan and Lake County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1615 Sunset Ave.
Waukegan, IL 60087
Nursing Facility Residents Safety Concerns
The federal government releases annual star rating summary reports through its website www.Medicare.gov evaluating nursing facilities across the United States. Currently, The Terrace Nursing Home maintains an overall five out of five star rating, which is considered much above average compared to other nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing, four out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for quality measures.
However, the Waukegan nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous open investigations, filed complaints and safety concerns involving The Terrace Nursing Home. Some of these include:
- Failure to Provide a Residential Environment Free of Physical Restraints:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/05/2014, a notation is made in an annual licensure and certification survey indicating “the facility failed to follow the physician’s orders and care plan with regards to restraints for [a resident].” This is in response to an incident involving a 77-year-old male resident diagnosed with Alzheimer’s dementia who requires physical restraints. The physician’s notes indicate that the restraint is to be released “every two hours as needed for passive range of motion (PROM), toileting and ambulation.
However, on 2/26/14, the resident “was in the day area, in a wheelchair with lap belt on. The lap belt was not released for three straight hours, not even during meal time and no toileting was made during that time.”
In a second summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/29/2006, an extended survey was conducted concerning the facility’s failure “to justify the use of restraints and not addressing the medical symptoms, and failed to obtain a physician order for restraints for [2 residents].” This is in response to a resident “observed in the dining room on days of the survey with a lap belt on. [The resident] has a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, dementia, osteoarthritis, hypertension, depression, cataracts.” While the physician order sheet indicated “that the resident is to have full bilateral side rails when in bed. There was no medical symptoms identified to justify the use of the restraints. There was no doctor’s order for the lap belt.”
Waukegan Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or your loved one, have suffered abuse, neglect, mistreatment or harm while residing at The Terrace Nursing Home or any nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can stop the abuse now. Our team of Waukegan Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys can use every legal maneuver to hold those who cause you harm legally and financially responsible for your damages.
Contact us today through our online chat rooms, or by calling our law offices at (888) 424-5757 now. We are ready to discuss the merits of your case and provide various legal options on how to proceed. All of our personal injury cases including claims of nursing home abuse are handled on contingency. This means your legal fees are paid only when we negotiate your out of court settlement or win your case at trial.