Pressure sores (bedsores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers) are wounds that develop on bedridden and wheelchair-bound individuals that are unable to reposition their bodies to alleviate pressure that restricts blood flow to the skin and underlying tissue. Typically, pressure sores develop on bony prominences of skin including the elbows, knees, heels, sacrum, shoulder and shoulder blades. Unfortunately, the Glenview elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have developed facility-acquired bedsores unnecessarily that diminish the quality of their life.
Nearly every type of bedsore can be avoided if the nursing staff takes appropriate measures to ensure that the resident’s body is repositioned every 1 to 2 hours around-the-clock. Individuals most highly susceptible to developing bedsores include the disabled, sick, rehabilitating and those suffering from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, residents with compromised immune systems have a higher potential risk of developing bedsores than other elderly individuals.
The development of a pressure bedsore is usually the result of a lack of supervision, monitoring or outright negligence by the nursing staff. If left untreated, a newly developing bedsore can quickly advance to a life-threatening condition if the wound becomes infected.
VI at the Glen
VI at the Glen is a 47-certified Medicare bed for-profit facility providing nursing services to residents of Glenview and Cook County. The facility is located at:
2401 Indigo Lane
Glenview, Illinois 60026
Vi at the Glen is a continuing care retirement community located on 26 acres just north of Chicago.
Glenview Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Annually, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their national databases comparing nursing facilities throughout the United States. They post this information on their website portal Medicare.gov. Currently, VI at the Glen maintains an overall four out of five available star rating, compared to other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of four stars for health concerns and staff issues and two out of five stars for quality measures.
However, our Glenview nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints, opened investigations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Proper Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Bedsore or Allow an Existing Bedsore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/14/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "prevent the re-development of a stage II pressure sore.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at VI at the Glen involved one resident at the facility.
The failure was first revealed at 9:50 AM on 03/14/2015 when a Registered Nurse at the facility “was providing wound care for [the resident] with ointment” medication and Duoderm. The resident’s “wound measured 0.4 centimeters by 0.3 centimeters. No air loss mattress or preventative cushion was seen on 05/12/2015 at 2:15 PM
The state investigator noted that a physician’s order was received for a preventative cushion the following day on 05/13/2015 or “two months after [the resident] develop a stage II pressure ulcer.” In an interview with the Registered Nurse on 05/14/2015, it was revealed that the resident “was admitted [to the facility] without a pressure sore on 05/12/2014 and acquired the stage II sacral ulcer on 02/24/2015.”
- Failure to Ensure the Residents Remain Free of Unnecessary Medications and That the Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Managed and Monitored to Achieve Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/14/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "document the specific Behavior or Psychological Symptom of Dementia (BPS D) and document the specific behavior monitoring interventions used for the use of [specific] medications and dementia and dose reduction. The deficient practice by the nursing staff at VI at the Glen affected two residents at the facility.
The state investigator noted that the resident was in the activity room during music therapy at 10:00 AM on 05/12/2015 “sitting in her wheelchair leaning to her right side sleeping [...and] was noted sleeping from 10:28 AM through 10:45 AM. In addition, [the resident] was noted sleeping [the following day] 05/13/2015 at 11:00 AM during activities [...and again the same day] at 1:30 PM, and on 05/14/2015 at 10:00 AM.
A review of the resident’s medical documentation, it was noted that the resident was receiving mood stabilizing medications for dementia with delusional behavior. However, “the specific behaviors are not identified.” As a part of the resident’s 03/17/2015 Care Plan, it was noted that “resident family perceives that mom is on too many [medications and have] talk to the Primary Care Provider to discontinue medications. Family education provided at the time of the conversation. The resident had a hard time falling asleep and staying asleep.”
Glenview Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered harm or death from a bedsore any other injury while residing at VI at the Glen or any other Illinois nursing facility, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our team of dedicated Cook County elder abuse attorneys can take legal action to hold those responsible financially accountable for their neglect.
We encourage you to make contact with our Glenview nursing home abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free full case evaluation. Our law firm accepts all nursing home abuse cases on contingency, so no upfront payment is ever required.