Warren Barr South Loop
It is sad that someone's mother or father residing in a nursing home will likely be the victim of neglect and abuse, which might involve intentional mistreatment by staff members or unintentional neglect caused by a lack of resources. Whatever the cause, mistreatment can have devastating consequences for residents, leading to physical/mental health problems, decreased quality of life, or death.
Every family member of nursing home residents should be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect and take steps to protect their loved ones from mistreatment. Signs could include monitoring care provided in the nursing home, speaking up if they suspect abuse or neglect, and seeking legal help if necessary.
Do you suspect your loved one is the victim of neglect or abuse while residing at Warren Barr South Loop? The personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC can help stop the mistreatment using civil tort law.
Contact our Chicago, Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
Warren Barr South Loop
This facility is a 210-certified bed Medicare and Medicaid-participating for-profit limited liability company (not a continuing care retirement community) providing services to Cook County residents. Warren Barr South Loop is located at:
1725 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
Warren Barr South Loop nursing home provides services, care, and amenities, including:
- Assisted Living
- Long-term care rehabilitation
- Skilled nursing care
- Memory care
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Short-term rehabilitation
- Relocation services
- Home Health
- Respite care
- Independent living options
Warren Barr South Loop Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) provides Regularly updated information on all nursing homes in the US, including facilities in the Chicago area providing care to Medicare patients. The data includes all inspections, substantiated complaints, penalties, violations, and other safety concerns.
Many families have access to Medicare and Medicaid information to determine the best place to send their loved ones to nearby nursing homes, ensuring they receive the highest level of care and assistance with activities of daily living.
Warren Barr South Loop nursing home maintains a one out of five stars overall rating with the Medicare ranking system compared to all other facilities nationwide. The average ranking includes:
- One out of five stars for staffing issues
- Two out of five stars for health inspections
- One out of five stars for quality measures
The Chicago, Illinois, personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC reviewed years of documentation provided by the Medicare.gov database revealing significant safety concerns at Warren Barr South Loop, including:
Failure to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcer Care and Prevent New Ulcers From Developing – Deficiency #F0686
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated February 20, 2022, the state investigators determined that Warren Barr South Loop failed to provide (necessary treatment and services to promote healing, prevent infection, and prevent new ulcers from developing." There were three residents affected by the nursing home deficiencies.
One resident had been diagnosed with Sequelae of Cerebral Infarction, dysphasia, a stage for sacral region pressure ulcer, essential hypertension, type-2 diabetes mellitus, heart disease of a native coronary artery, and diabetic chronic kidney disease.
The resident's October 28, 2021, progress notes reveal that a wound care nurse when performing rounds, took the resident's temperature of 99.1°F and showed a wound deterioration since the last time the dressing had been changed the day before.
By this time, the wound became warm with a purulent discharge indicating a possible wound infection. The nursing home transferred the resident to the hospital due to a deteriorating sacral wound and signs of infection.
The notations indicate that a Stage IV pressure wound to the coccyx area was first identified on August 13, 2021, and a deep tissue injury to the left calf was identified on January 13, 2022.
Failure to Ensure Medication Error Rates Are Not 5% or Greater – Deficiency #F0759
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated March 16, 2022, the state investigator noted that Warren Barr South Loop nursing home failed to "be free of medication error rates of 5% or more." The investigators noted two medication errors out of 27 opportunities, at a rate of 7.41%, involving two residents at the facility.
In one case, the surveyor observed the Assistant Director of Nursing giving a resident medications except for one drug to be given every 12 hours. The surveyor observed a blank card for the resident's medications.
Moments after the observation, the Assistant Director of Nursing stated that caregivers are "supposed to reorder the medication in the system when the meds get low," They said this is "unacceptable for major meds to be out."
The facility Medical Director must ensure that the resident's doctor reviews documented administered medications in medical records and then writes, dates, and signs progress notes at every visit To ensure their patient is receiving the appropriate treatment.
Failure to Ensure the Nursing Home Areas Free From Accident Hazards and Provides Adequate Supervision to Prevent Accidents – Deficiency #F0689
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated April 27, 2022, the state investigators determined that Warren Barr South Loop nursing home failed to "implement fall prevention interventions by not lowering bed heights for seven residents."
The seven long-term care residents affected by the deficiency were observed lying in beds in high positions.
Failure to Provide and Implement an Infection Prevention and Control Program – Deficiency #F0880
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated January 20, 2022, the state investigators determined that Warren Barr South Loop nursing home "failed to ensure the staff performs hand hygiene and wears appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) before entering a room with residents on contact/droplet isolation precautions."
The Warren Barr South Loop nursing home deficiency led to the potential of spreading infectious microorganisms, including Covid-19, throughout the facility.
Failing to Provide Appropriate Pressure Ulcers Care Could Lead to Life-Threatening Infection
Nursing home residents are at high risk for developing pressure ulcers that can form when pressure is applied to the skin for an extended period. Bedsores are common in nursing home residents who are bedridden or require assistance with toileting and bathing.
Bedsores can quickly become infected without appropriate pressure ulcer care and lead to serious health complications, including death.
Providing appropriate care to residents is the best way to prevent pressure ulcers from developing. The care includes repositioning them frequently, ensuring they are comfortable and dry, and providing adequate nutrition and hydration. Inspect the resident's skin regularly for signs of irritation or damage.
Developing pressure ulcers must be treated promptly and effectively. Sometimes, wound care might require special dressings, antibiotics, or surgery.
When bedsores are left untreated, the wound can result in serious health complications for nursing home residents and be extremely costly medical expenses for the facility. The steps necessary to prevent bedsores include:
- Perform a comprehensive skin assessment on the resident from head to toe daily.
- Update the resident's skin care plan at least once every few weeks
- Look for any redness, blisters, or wounds and document findings.
- Check the skin under the resident's pads and gloves and between their toes.
- Use a moistened gauze pad to check the skin around the stoma of a colostomy or ileostomy resident.
- Apply lotion to dry skin and use a humidifier to moisten the air in the room.
- Turn residents in every two hours and reposition them in bed every four hours, according to accepted professional standards.
- Use pressure-relieving devices like foam wedges or pillows as needed.
- Keep skin clean and dry by gently washing it with soap and water daily.
- Dry the skin thoroughly after bathing or showering and apply lotion immediately.
- Report any changes in the skin condition to the resident's doctor or nurse practitioner.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), bedsores and nursing homes are "never events," meaning that pressure sores never develop when caregivers follow established protocols.
Stage I bedsores can heal quickly when a resident receives appropriate skin care, routine assessments, and necessary wound care treatment.
Providing Nutrition-Based Food the Residents Needs Can Maintain Their Quality of Life
When preparing food for nursing home residents with appealing options, it is essential to remember that they often have special dietary needs. Nursing home residents are typically served cold food that isn't always to their dietary needs. However, there are ways to prepare healthy and nutritional food for nursing home residents.
The facility dietitian must recommend food that accommodates resident allergies and intolerances. The dietitian must file the resident's care plan that might direct the kitchen to provide puréed food for residents following issues to avoid choking.
One way to ensure nursing home residents get the nutrition they need is to prepare their food yourself. This way, you can be sure that the food is tailored to their specific dietary needs. It is also vital to ensure that the food is visually appealing and appetizing, as this can help encourage residents to eat.
Some good foods to serve nursing home residents include:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Lean protein sources such as grilled chicken or fish
- Whole grain bread and pasta
- Low-fat dairy products
The staff must consider the resident's preferences and create a menu with a delicious meal that is tasty and nutritious and avoids choking hazards.
- Follow the doctor's orders closely regarding the resident's diet.
- Ensure all food is chopped into small pieces to avoid choking hazards.
- Avoid serving any hard or crunchy foods that could potentially cause choking.
- Serve plenty of fluids to help residents stay hydrated and prevent choking.
- Ensure all utensils are properly cleaned and sanitized to avoid spreading germs and bacteria.
- Avoid feeding residents while lying down - always have them sit up during mealtimes.
- Make sure that there are no distractions during mealtimes, such as television or conversation, so that residents can focus on eating safely.
- Remove all distractions from the dining area, such as flowers or other decorations, so that residents can focus on their food.
- Keep an eye on residents while eating to ensure they are not having any problems swallowing their food.
- If you see any signs of choking, immediately call for help!
Hire Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys to Hold the Facility Accountable
Was your loved one neglected and abused while residing in Warren Barr South Loop or any other nursing home in Illinois? The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help.
Contact our Chicago, Illinois law firm at (888) 424-5757 or use the contact form to schedule a free consultation. All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.
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