Sadly, pressure sores are common occurrences in nursing facilities and assisted-living homes nationwide. Without proper treatment in the health care facility, residents and patients can develop serious complications from bedsores (pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers). Once a pressure sore forms, healing can take months or longer and cause the resident to suffer severe pain or serious consequences to their existing health problems.
Nearly all pressure sores are preventable if the nursing staff provides appropriate care including constant monitoring of the resident’s skin and routine turning of the body if the patient suffers limited mobility. Some major risk factors that cause bedsores include infection, long-term moisture to the skin, edema, spasticity, paralysis, poor nutrition and stress.
Our team of skilled attorneys have handled many cases involving a lack of proper health care provided to residents in Illinois nursing homes. We publish the most current updated information on safety concerns, health issues and opened investigations of every Illinois nursing facility in an effort to provide the latest accurate information on nursing facilities and assisted-living homes statewide. Many families use this valuable information when determining where to place a loved one who requires skilled medical care to maintain their health and hygiene.
Willow Health Center
Willow Health Center is a 42-bed Medicare-approved facility providing care to residents of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
4054 Albright Lane
Rockford, IL 61103
The facility provides comprehensive skilled care provided by registered and licensed nurses, CNAs (certified nursing assistants), registered dietitians, occupational, speech and physical therapists along with other professionally trained medical staff.
Nursing Home Patient Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the United States government releases updated information of nursing facilities nationwide and ranks each nursing home with an overall star rating system. Currently, Willows Health Center maintains an overall five out of five stars rating including three out of five stars for quality measures and five out of five stars for health inspections.
Even with the facility’s high standards and rankings, the Rockford nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints and state survey investigations involving Willows Health Center that include:
- Failure to Prevent or Heal Pressure Sores:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2014, during an annual certification survey, a notation was made concerning the facility’s failure “to implement pressure reducing measures for a resident who is at high risk for skin breakdown by not repositioning and not applying pressure reducing devices on the heels.” This investigation was in response to a case involving a resident suffering with difficulty walking, thalamic infarct, lupus, weakness, depression and peripheral neuropathy that requires extensive assistance for transfers and bed mobility.
The deficiency was noted through observation that the medical team failed to use prescribed pressure relieving boots on the resident as prescribed by her doctor. During observation, it was noted that the resident’s “pressure relieving boots were in the chair” when the nursing staff should have ensured she was wearing them. This problem occurred numerous times during one day of observation.
- Failure to Provide Residents Necessary Care and Services:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/07/2015, during an annual licensure & certification survey, surveyor’s noted the facility’s failure “to document, monitor resident behavior, and identify participating events to determine the underlying causes of combative behaviors for a resident with Dementia. The resident under review suffers with a severe impairment and “is totally dependent on staff for dressing, hygiene, bathing and incontinence care for urine/stool incontinence.
The concern is in response to incidences occurring from August 4-6, 2015 when a bruise on the resident’s right eye appeared even though “there was no documentation in the nursing notes pertaining to behaviors or participating in events in relation to the [resident’s] bruising.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or your loved one, have suffered serious injuries, including bedsores or bruising, while residing at Willows Health Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our team of dedicated attorneys will provide immediate legal remedies to ensure you receive the ultimate care to heal from your injuries.
We urge you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free initial consultation to discuss your case. We accept all medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and personal injury cases on contingency. This means you receive instant legal representation without the need of paying an upfront fee.