Families typically place a loved one in a nursing facility to ensure they receive the highest level of medical attention and hygiene assistance. To maintain or improve the patient’s health, the nursing staff must follow procedures and protocols including following physician’s orders when administering medication. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes adequately train their Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants to provide the utmost care, which is often highly detrimental to the health and well-being of the patient. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abused, injured or mistreated individuals residing at Illinois nursing facilities including Wilson Care.
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ 198-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Medicaid-accepted Facility is located at:
4544 North Hazel Street
Chicago Il 60640
The facility provides specialized rehabilitation including psychiatric rehabilitation in a residential setting for people affected with:
- Major depression
- Schizo-affective disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Dual diagnoses including substance abuse and mental illness
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To make sure families are fully informed of the level of care every nursing home provides, the federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home database system. This information reflects a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations that can be viewed on numerous websites including Illinois Department of Public Health [http://www.dph.illinois.gov/
The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Administer Medications in Accordance with Physician’s Orders and Failure to Keep Accurate Records and Medication Administration
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/11/2015, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “administer medication as ordered, document a medication was given and the reason why a medication was not given according to the facility’s policy.” The deficient practice involved two residents at the facility.
A resident informed the survey team on the afternoon of 09/02/2015 that his physician “ordered trazodone to help him sleep.” The resident also stated “he has not been given trazodone at night for over two weeks, and cannot fall asleep until after 1:00 AM and then does not sleep well without it.” Additionally, a second resident stated “that he has requested [their prescribed] Ativan numerous times for anxiety and the nurses tell [him] that they don’t have it.”
The investigator interviewed the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) at the medication cart on 09/03/2015 at 5:45 PM who stated: “there were no trazodone 100 milligrams tablets in the cart for [the resident] and no Ativan one milligram for [the other resident].”
However, the LPN stated that the resident was given trazodone every evening that the LPN work for the last two weeks and stated “she gave the last tablet last night and ordered a refill which would not be delivered until late evening.” The Licensed Practical Nurse could not explain “the difference between pharmacy records in the MAR (Medication Administration Record) records” that do not show the medications were given as ordered.
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Director of Nursing on the afternoon of 09/03/2015 who stated “that the facility only uses one pharmacy and there is no ‘house’ stock for trazodone.” The Director “also stated that problems with medication should be reported to [them].” The Director stated “I was not aware of the problems and I cannot explain the difference between the pharmacy records and the MAR (Medication Administration Record) for [the resident who stated they are not receiving anxiety medication]. The Director “also stated she was unaware [the resident] had not received [their] trazodone as scheduled.
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff an administrator at the facility failed to follow their undated policy titled: Administration of Drugs that reads in part:
“Unless otherwise specified by the resident’s attending physician, routine medications should be administered as scheduled. The nurse administering the medication must record such information on the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) before administering the next resident’s medication. The nurse administering the medications must initial the resident’s MAR (Medication Administration Record) on the appropriate line and date for that specific day.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Wilson Care, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Let our skilled Chicago attorneys file and handle your financial compensation claim against every party who caused your loved one harm. Our years of experience ensures a successful resolution.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your complimentary case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means all payments for our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case in a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.