Families often choose the best nursing facility to place a loved one in need of quality care to ensure their safety and well-being. Unfortunately, many vulnerable individuals in nursing homes become the victim of a resident-to-resident assault. Unfortunately, the Libertyville elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where the resident was an easy target of physical assault by other residents and employees at the facility.
Many times, physical abuse goes undetected or unreported because the resident may not have the capacity to speak out on their own behalf or are too afraid of retaliation. Without proper supervision by qualified trained staff members, the resident may be subject to continuous assault or mistreatment. However, family members may notice obvious warning signs of assault including unexplained bruises, cuts, broken bones, and burns.Winchester House
Winchester House is a Lake County owned Medicare/Medicaid participating facility housing 360 certified beds. The facility provides nursing services to residents of Libertyville and Lake County, Illinois and is located at:
1125 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Libertyville, Illinois 60048
They offer short term and long term care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, and memory care.Libertyville Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government routinely updates their nursing home database comparison tool involving facilities nationwide and posts the information on numerous websites including Medicare.gov. Currently, Winchester house maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared with other facilities throughout the United States. This includes three out of five stars for quality measures and staff issues and two out of five stars for health concerns.
Our Libertyville nursing home neglect attorneys have located numerous opened complaints, safety concerns and health violations involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide an Environment for Residents That Are Free from Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent an Avoidable Accident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/06/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "implement supervision and safety interventions for a cognitively impaired resident who was assessed as being at risk for elopement.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Winchester House affected one resident at the facility who was “reviewed for supervision.”
The failure was first revealed to the state investigator after a review of the resident’s 12/06/2015 report showing that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) witnessed the resident “get off the elevator and back onto the unit because the elevator would move. The facility’s 12/06/2015 Resident Accident/Incident Report showed [that staff members “noticed the resident was not on the unit at 6:00 PM, 30 minutes later.” In addition, the report indicated that the resident “was found outside of the building and across the street, with his wheelchair wheel stuck in a crack in the sidewalk. The report shows that “the [resident] stated he was going to his brother’s [home].”
An interview with the resident at 2:35 PM on 12/29/2015, the resident “stated he doesn’t remember going outside and all of his siblings are dead. On 12/29/2015 at 2:30 PM, a Registered Nurse at the facility “stated elopement caused the elevator to lockdown on [the resident’s] floor, and he didn’t believe [the resident] could have known the code to disarm the elevator [… adding] staff should try to redirect wandering behaviors with the resident when needed.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Maintenance Director at 3:15 PM on 12/29/2015 who “held an alarm device to the alarm sensor at the employee exit door where [the resident] exited to demonstrate how the alarm system work. An employee then exited the door and the alarm device was able to be taken out the door with the employee. The alarm did not sound.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/03/2015, the state investigator noted the facility failed “to ensure a resident identified with aggressive behavior and history of hitting other residents and staff is supervised. This failure resulted in [the resident] assaulting a resident who sustained a black eye and bilateral nasal bone fractures.” The investigator also noted the facility failed “to implement fall interventions, revise specific interventions to prevent further falls and failed to monitor and supervise a resident. As a result of this failure, [another resident] sustained a small laceration on the top of the head from the fall on 02/14/2015, and re-fractured her right shoulder, sustained facial/periorbital swelling and a right black eye after the fall on 02/28/2015.”
If your loved one was the victim of the resident to resident assault while residing at Winchester House, or any other nursing facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate assistance in seeking justice and financial compensation on your behalf. Our team of skilled Libertyville elder abuse lawyers can provide a variety of legal options on how to proceed and take immediate legal action against abuse of residents and staff members to stop the harm now.
To ensure a successful resolution to your personal injury claim for compensation, we encourage you to contact our Lake County nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, full case evaluation. Our team of attorneys will be happy to discuss the merits of your claim in a private consultation. We accept every personal injury financial recompense case through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront payments are ever required.