Many of the most vulnerable members of society reside in nursing facilities in the United States, where their health and hygiene is managed and cared for by professional nursing staff. Unfortunately, poor hygiene and lack of quality health care and nursing facilities can lead to serious complications. In some situations the neglect of the staff constitutes nursing home abuse. In fact, the Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases involving resident abuse, mistreatment and neglect.
Our lawyers remain committed to serving as a legal advocate to every victimized Illinois nursing home resident. We post current publicly available data on safety concerns at assisted-living facilities, nursing homes and healthcare centers statewide. We post the information to assist families in making the best informed decision on where to place an elderly loved one who requires quality care in a safe and loving environment.
Westminster Place is a 105-bed senior living community that provides skilled nursing, rehabilitation, assisted-living and independent living solutions for residents in Evanston and throughout Cook County, Illinois. Its facilities are located at:
3200 Grant St.
Evanston, IL 60201
The facility provides specialized memory care, skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation solutions.
Nursing Facility Resident Safety Concerns
Each year, Medicare updates its star rating summary on every nursing facility, assisted-living home and healthcare Center across the United States, currently, Westminster Place maintains an overall rating of five out of five stars when compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for health inspections and five out of five stars for both quality measures and staffing, which is much above average.
However, the Evanston nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various complaints against Westminster Place. These complaints are part of Westminster Place’s annual certification surveys that include:
- Failure to Provide a Sanitary Environment to Residents:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/24/2012 during annual certification survey, it was noted that the “facility failed to ensure that sanitation was maintained related to cleanliness of the kitchen. This failure has the potential to affect all 84 residents in the facility that receive meals from the kitchen.”
This is in response to an observation on 8/21/12 where an initial tour by the surveyor was made with the dietary supervisor. A notation was made that “the refrigerator next to the salad prep area and the refrigerator next to the dish washing machine was covered in dust on the outside.” In addition, “the deep fryer was covered with layers of grease. It was also sticky to touch. Food storage area contains several seasonings that were opened and heavily stained all over with sticky substances.”
- Failure to Protect the Resident’s Privacy and Dignity:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/12/2013, during an annual licensure and certification survey, it was noted that the facility “failed to protect residents’ right to privacy/dignity by posting care signs in residents’ rooms or on residents’ doors which were visible to visitors and staff for [a resident].”
This is in response to a surveyor’s initial tour of the first floor where care signs were visibly posted to the public. Some of the signs included “Please have 2 assists with all transfers”, “Please don’t close the store. You fall down too much. We have to walk you” and “All staff remove hearing aid at bedtime. Put in hearing aid cart”.” Another sign stated “Take to bathroom every 2 hours. Turn resident side-side when in bed. Resident not to lie on back”.”
Evanston Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or a loved one, have suffered from injury, harm or abuse caused by the hands of medical staff at any Illinois nursing facility, including Westminster Place, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our reputable Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys can take legal steps to stop the unacceptable behavior of the medical team at your facility.
We encourage you to contact us immediately by calling our law offices at (888) 424-5757 or through our online chat rooms. We accept all mistreatment, abuse and neglect cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you receive our immediate legal advice, counsel and representation without the need of paying upfront retainers or fees. Schedule your free initial consultation today.