Many nursing facilities cut corners to reduce costs by providing substandard levels of care to every resident, often to their detriment. The level of mistreatment or abuse is not always obvious if what causes direct harm to the resident involves a lack of care, failure to develop an effective Plan of Care or to take appropriate and necessary measures to ensure the resident safety. Unfortunately, the Winfield elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many nursing home residents who have been victimized by substandard care while residing at the facility.
The result of negligence in a nursing environment can cause injuries, bedsores, or diminish the quality of life in the resident’s activities of daily living (ADLs). Any failure to provide the highest quality of care, as required by law, could make the facility and nursing staff legally and financially accountable to the victim.
Winfield Woods Health Care Center
Winfield Woods Health Care Center is a 138-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating for profit facility providing skilled nursing services to residents of Winfield and DuPage County Illinois. The facility is located at:
28 West 141 Liberty St.
Winfield, Illinois 60190
Additional services provided by Winfield Woods Health Care Center includes:
- Rehabilitation services including psychosocial rehabilitation
- Respite care
- Hospice care
- In-house diagnostics
- Wound care
- IV services
Winfield Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and state of Illinois nursing home regulatory agencies routinely update their databases in an effort to reflect the latest opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of facilities all across the United States. The new information is then posted online on numerous websites including Medicare.gov through their comparative tool star rating summary system.
Currently, Winfield Woods Health Care Center compared other facilities nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures and two out of five stars for both staffing issues and health concerns. Our Winfield nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns concerning this facility. Two of those concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Residents the Necessary Services and Care to Ensure Their Highest Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/17/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "monitor and maintain a peripherally inserted central catheter line (PICC) for [one resident at the facility] reviewed for PICC line care.”
The deficient practice by the nursing staff was first noted at 1:10 PM on 04/14/2015 the resident was observed “in his room lying in bed. [His] right arm was noted to have a PICC line with the date of 04/07/2015 on it. There was a 2 x 2 gauze pad over the insertion site and then transparent dressing over that. The insertion site was not visible to determine if there was any redness, drainage or any signs or symptoms of infection.”
The state investigator noted that even though the facility’s Nurse’s Notes between 03/27/2015 (when the resident arrived from the hospital) and 04/13/2015, there are daily shift nursing notes documented the PICC line is without signs or symptoms of phlebitis or infection.” However, the state investigator noted that it “it is not possible to visualize the PICC line entrance line with a 2 x 2 gauze pad and an occlusive transparent dressing over the 2 x 2.”
On 04/15/2015, at 8:40 PM, the nursing staff removed the resident’s PICC line noting the area “had redness and skin excoriation [skin abrasion].” At that time, the resident “complaint of pain at the site. The physician was notified and orders were received for antibiotic ointment and a non-adherent dressing.”
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Receives Proper Services to Prevent a Urinary Tract Infection and Restore Normal Bladder Function
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/17/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to complete comprehensive incontinence assessments, thorough analysis voiding patterns and develop individualized voiding patterns for eight residents with occasional and frequent urinary incontinence.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to perform comprehensive assessments including underlying factors supporting the medical justification for continuing use of an indwelling urinary catheter and development of a plan for removal for [one resident at the facility] with an indwelling urinary catheter.”
In one incident, the failure was revealed on 03/07/2015 after reviewing a resident’s Plan of Care for a resident with an indwelling urinary catheter. The investigator noted that while there was a concern about his care, there was “no information about [the resident’s] urinary catheter or balloon size” and no “interventions identified to address the resident’s alteration and elimination, fixation on bowels.”
Winfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has suffered injury or harm to the negligent actions or substandard care of any nursing facility in Illinois including Winfield Woods Health Care Ctr., Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can assist you in pursuing a financial claim for compensation. Our DuPage County elder abuse lawyers serve as legal advocates and fight for the rights of every nursing home resident in Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our compassionate Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to allow us to begin seeking the financial relief you deserve. We accept all nursing home neglect cases through contingency fee agreements to avoid the need of you paying any upfront legal fees.