Any nursing home resident who falls has the potential of suffering serious injury or life-altering changes in their medical condition. To ensure that the resident remains safe after a fall, the staff must continually check their vital signs and perform a fall assessment to determine any interventions that can be implemented to minimize the potential for additional falls. Unfortunately, the Homer Glen elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have suffered injuries by falls due to a lack of supervision and monitoring that could have been prevented had the staff taken appropriate measures.
Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center
Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center is a 50-certified bed non-profit Medicaid/Medicare-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of Homer Glen and Will County, Illinois. The facility is part of Providence Life Services and is located at:
12525 W. Renaissance Cir.
Homer Glen, Illinois 60491
In addition to providing skilled nursing, Victorian Village Health, and Wellness Center also provides assisted living options, memory care, and respite care along with physical, occupational and speech therapies.
Homer Glen Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the public remains fully informed on every nursing home in the United States, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their databases to reflect newly opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on all facilities. The updated information is posted online on numerous sites including Medicare.gov through their star rating summary comparative analysis tool.
Currently, Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared with all facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures and staffing issues and four out of five stars for health concerns. However, our Homer Glen nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Services and Care to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being Is Maintained
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/29/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow the stated protocol for post-fall monitoring and document [a resident at the facility] after a fall. The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to communicate pertinent information to the physician after a change in [the resident’s] condition was noted.” An additional deficient practice was also noted when the facility failed “to obtain treatment orders and provide consistent monitoring for a large skin tear.” All these failures applied to one resident at the facility.
The deficient practices involved a resident admitted to the facility for short-term rehabilitation. The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 11/29/2015 Facility Incident Report noting that the resident “sustained an unwitnessed fall and was observed lying on his side in the hallway at approximately 4:30 PM [...and] was noted to have multiple skin tears involving his right arm, wrist, and knee.” The documentation noted that at that time, the resident “had no loss of consciousness, denied pain and specifically denied head injury.” The document also states that notification of a family member was made and the attending physician was notified.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nursing at 9:50 AM on 01/23/2015 stated “that the facility process protocol for post-incident (fall) monitoring is to assess the resident every shift for 72-hour period; they do not have a policy stating this, but it is the facility practice. This assessment should include vital signs as well as an assessment of the resident’s mental status, an assessment of the resident’s general condition, assessing for any new complaints/injuries and for any changes in their vital signs. Neurological checks are not automatically done [… but] will be done if the resident is unable to say what happened or if it is not sure if they hit their head, or if there are any visual signs of the head injury.
The investigator noted that while the incident report/occurrence report on 11/29/2015 reflect that a fall occurred at 4:30 PM, “there is no note/assessment from the night shift… nor the day shift” nor do the resident’s “vital sign records during that time frame reflect more frequent vital signs” were taken with stable readings.
- Failure to Conduct Initial and Periodic Assessments of Each Resident’s Functional Capacity
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to conduct an initial fall risk assessment for a resident who was at risk for falls.” This deficient practice by the nursing staff at Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center involved a review of her resident’s records that indicated a resident had sustained a fall. However, the resident’s Fall Risk Assessment documentation was blank and in an interview with the facility’s Director of Nurses on 04/28/2016 it was revealed that “the initial fall assessment must be done within 24 hours of admission.”
Homer Glen Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered injuries in a fall while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Victorian Village Health and Wellness Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in seeking the financial compensation your family deserves. Our Will County elder abuse lawyers accept all nursing home neglect cases on contingency, meaning all of our legal fees are paid only after we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial. contact our Homer Glen Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a free case evaluation.