While every resident in a nursing facility has rights, including the right to smoke, the safety of all residents could be in jeopardy if the home does not take appropriate measures to accommodate everyone. In fact, the Illinois elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many residents who have suffered serious injuries caused by hazardous conditions in their nursing home.
Nursing homes do not have the right to force their residents to quit smoking. However, they are required by law to provide a safe environment and designated areas for resident smokers. Any significant fire danger must be immediately addressed by the Maintenance Director, Administrator and nursing staff to ensure the health and well-being of all residents are maintained.
Staff awareness is key to the best fire-safety precautions as is personal responsibility of every nursing home resident, family members, and visitors. The facility must designate a smoking area and develop a call system that can be used to summon help in cases of emergency. Additionally, fire extinguishers must be readily available in smoking areas and staff members present who can supervise every resident while they are smoking.
Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a 213-bed for-profit nursing home and rehab center that participates in Medicaid/Medicare. The facility provides skilled nursing services, rehabilitation, restorative care, and wound care. Wood Glen Pavilion is located at:
30 West 300 North Ave.
West Chicago, Illinois 60185
Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The West Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC continuously evaluate and review publicly available information on Medicare.gov to compare nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center maintains an overall four out of five-star rating compared with other facilities in the United States. However, some safety concerns with the facility involve:
- Failure to Provide a Safe Environment Inside the Nursing Home That Is Clean and Comfortable for the Resident, Public and Staff
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "have an environment and furnishings to enhance resident comfort.” The deficient practice by the administration and nursing staff at Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center affected seven residents at the facility.
The failures were first noted during an initial tour of the facility that occurred on 10/27/2015 in the third-floor smoking room where “there were 13 chairs with sponge cushions on the chair seat and back. The cushion covers of 6 of 13 chair’s seats were torn in pieces and the spun cushion were missing. All of the 13 chairs’ seat and back plastic was cracked. There were cigarette burn holes in all chair cushions.” There were additional cigarette burn holes in 12 cushion seats in the designated smoking area at the lower level.
“The resident’s stated the old chairs were torn and ripped, cushion pieces were out and could cause a fire hazard. Currently some residents sit on the floor, some stand during smoking, [because] it feels too crowded and not enough personal space.”
- Failure to Provide Residents a Nursing Home Free from Accident Hazards and Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a statement summary of deficiencies dated 10/30/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "provide supervision and entry back in the facility for a resident using the outdoor smoking patio. The facility also failed to ensure that wheelchair-bound residents are able to exit the facility on the smoking patio.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center affected eight residents at the facility reviewed for safety and smoking.
As a part of the initial tour noted above, occurring on 10/27/2015, “confidential interview with the resident who was returning from smoking on the patio complained [that] the exit door to the patio locks behind them when they go outside onto the patio to smoke. The resident asked for the door to be checked. After going outside to the patio the door was closed [...and] could not be re-open after several attempts.” The surveyor noted that “there was no staff seen in the dining area or in the patio area.”
During the observation, resident was seen bumping “her wheelchair into the glass exit door in the dining room that leads to the patio [...and while waiting] for someone to come and open the door a resident was observed to enter through the door and walked around [that resident, leaving them] halfway in the doorway.” At that point, the resident “was left sitting in the wheelchair in the doorway was observed to scream loudly and say, ‘Help me, help me’. The resident on the patio opened the door so [the resident] could enter onto the patio. There was no staff observed in the area during this occurrence.”
West Chicago Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one has suffered neglect, abuse or mistreatment while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Wood Glen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide help. Our team of dedicated attorneys can build a case on behalf of you and your family to seek the financial recompense you deserve.
We encourage you to make contact with our elder abuse law offices today by calling (888) 424-5757 to discuss your valid legal claim to compensation. We accept all nursing home neglect cases, wrongful death lawsuits, and personal injury claims through contingency fee agreements.