March 30, 2011

More Illinois Nursing Home Deaths Identified at Alden Village North

by Levin & Perconti

The saga involving negligent Illinois nursing home Alden Village North appeared to be drawing to an end as the state moved to close the facility earlier this year. Blog readers will be well aware of the continued, drawn-out, tragic examples of abuse and neglect at the home.
Alden Village North made many headlines in the last few months for negligent care leading to the deaths of several of its young disabled residents. 14 children have died at the facility under questionable circumstances at the facility over the last 10 years.

Many of the facilities’ problems stem from its drive for profits, leading to staffing shortages and loose internal regulations. For example, two 4-year olds died in a three week period after suffering breathing problems. Alden Village staff members were supposed to have heard the nursing alert sounds that were activated throughout the facility to warn of the breathing problem, but they didn’t hear anything. Some of the alarms were incorrectly installed; other had the volume turned down so low that they were virtually worthless.

Now the Chicago Tribune is reporting that a federal watchdog group has identified at least five more deaths at the facility likely attributable to poor nursing home care by staff members. The independent inquiry uncovered more examples of improper treatment of residents, doctor carelessness, ignorance of lab results, and inadequate internal investigations.

The watchdog group which authored the latest report explained, “What we’re seeing here is a culture within a nursing home that tolerated lackadaisical, substandard care for years.”

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March 11, 2011

Some Illinois Nursing Homes on Federal Watch List Not Improving

by Levin & Perconti

Many Illinois nursing homes have been deemed in need of quality improvement by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). These poor nursing homes are part of a program aimed at improving the care provided to vulnerable residents—a project known as the Special Focus Facility Initiative. The list of delinquent facilities was compiled following CMS inspections indentifying poor care and safety hazards at various locations.

The inspections revealed that there were certain nursing homes that were clearly providing extremely substandard care—these homes had more problems that were more serious and had persisted for a longer period of time than at other locations. The improvement program was targeted at these egregious displays of inadequate nursing home care.

Be sure to check out the CMS website to learn more details about the creation of the program and the specific components of its operation.

Recently, the SFF initiative released a list that identified the improvement—or lack thereof—of the facilities participating in this program. Most usefully, the list classifies nursing homes into a variety of categories—improving, not improving, and those no longer participating.

Unfortunately, several Illinois nursing homes made the cut for those deemed to have not improved following efforts to minimize their care deficiencies. These include the Alden Wentworth Rehab and Healthcare Center in Chicago, Embassy Healthcare Center in Wilmington, Rockford Nursing and Rehab Center, and the Virgil Calvert Nursing & Rehab Center in East St. Louis.

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January 11, 2011

Alden Village North Cited In Another Child Death

by Levin & Perconti

The Chicago Tribune reported yesterday on yet another death of a disabled young child that led to a citation for a troubled Chicago nursing home.

Alden Village North has made many headlines in the last few months for negligent care leading to the deaths of several of its young residents. 14 children have died at the facility under questionable circumstances at the facility over the last 10 years.

This latest news will raise that number even higher. According to reports the facility staff was aware that test results showed a serious infection in a 14-month old resident. However, the staff failed to act quickly, instead allowing the girl to languish at the home for two days without care. When the girl’s doctor was finally called she was rushed to the hospital. Within hours she had died.

Many of the facilities’ problems stem from its drive for profits, leading to staffing shortages and loose internal regulations. For example, two 4-year olds died in a three week period after suffering breathing problems. Alden Village staff members were supposed to have heard the nursing alert sounds that were activated throughout the facility to warn of the breathing problem, but they didn’t hear anything. Some of the alarms were incorrectly installed; other had the volume turned down so low that they were virtually worthless.

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December 23, 2010

Lawsuits May Be Only Way To Hold Alden Village and Other Facilities Accountable

by Levin & Perconti

This blog has covered past accounts of negligent care in Alden Village nursing homes, with several victims' stories highlighted by the Chicago Tribune in the paper's investigative report, "Deadly Neglect." The report found over a dozen deaths in the last several years at Alden Village North, a nursing home in Chicago. In its latest coverage, the paper reveals that while most observers probably assume that the facility faced stiff penalties for its inadequate, deadly care. Unfortunately that is not the case.

The more recent Chicago Tribune story explains that many Illinois facilities cited for poor care have been able to avoid paying large fines for their conduct. For example, Alden Village North has not paid the full amount for even a single citation because of children deaths. In total it only paid around 21% of the total fine levied by the state. It seems that the owners have been able to use loopholes and deal-making to avoid paying the amount ordered for their deadly actions. The article also reports that Alden Village in Bloomingdale paid only $10,000 in the wrongful death of a twelve year old resident.

It should be no surprise that the owner of Alden Village North and the Alden Village Health Facility has contributed a staggering $900,000 to different political campaigns over the last several years, according to the Tribune. No doubt the administrator is interested in keeping a close eye on all possible legislation that would affect his ability to make a profit by running these nursing homes.

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December 19, 2010

Questions Remain About Improvement At Alden Village North

by Levin & Perconti

This blog has been filled with many reports on the shocking treatment of residents at the Alden Village North nursing home. The facility houses around 90 disabled children (and some adults) who suffer from severe mental and physical disabilities. The home has been the subject of recent investigations for mismanagement and improper treatment. In particular, a high number of children have died in recent years at the location from questionable practices by staff members.

An investigation by the Chicago Tribune uncovered a 10-year pattern of care violations, injury, and death. Since 2000, 13 children have died at the facility in ways that the state confirmed involved care citations (seven of those occurring in the last two years alone). Those figures also do not take into account at least 11 other resident deaths that did not trigger state intervention.

After years of problems, the facility is finally making changes that all observers hope will lead to better care for the children living at the home. A complete overhaul is obviously necessary to begin fixing the egregious problems. One advocate explained, “This is sort of what you would do in a situation when things aren’t just problematic, but problematic down to the core.”

Administrators at the facility claim that they have worked to correct past problems. Those changes involve hiring more staff members while creating a new liaison position to handle complaints. The group is also attempting to improve basic hygiene, as children had previously been sent to school in soiled clothes.

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November 26, 2010

New Federal Investigation Into Children Deaths At Alden Village North

by Levin & Perconti

The tragic events at the Alden Village North nursing home in Chicago have made headlines beyond the city. Now a federal probe will begin to more fully understand the causes of the problems at the children’s nursing home according to a recent story by the Chicago Tribune.

Recent investigations revealed a shocking pattern of abuse and neglect at the facility that houses children with disabilities. Several children at the home have died in recent years, and many of those deaths were never thoroughly investigated. Since 2000, thirteen children have died in cases resulting in state citations for either neglect or failure to investigate.

A local advocacy group, Equip for Equality has authority to obtain medical records from the facility. The group intends to do use that power to determine how often neglect was at the root of many of the recent deaths.

At the same time, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has decided to remove two residents from the facility over concerns about the facility’s ability to provide the proper care. Only very rarely has the state department taken this sort of step. Governor Pat Quinn has already placed a state monitor in the facility and is seeking specific legislative reform related to the care of these children.

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November 11, 2010

Alden Village North Accused of Nursing Home Abuse in Chicago

by Levin & Perconti

Nursing home abuse almost always conjures images of senior citizens suffering at the hands ineffective and dangerous staff members or fellow residents. However, in reality, abuse at these facilities occurs in many forms and includes many types of victims, even children. In particular, many children with developmental disabilities currently live in nursing homes, and they often fall victim to deadly inadequate care.

One of the most tragic cases of abuse of children at these facilities occurred in Chicago at Alden Village North. As Lawyers and Settlements reports, over that last 10 years, 13 children have died at the nursing home.

Many of the facilities’ problems stem from its drive for profits, leading to staffing shortages and loose internal regulations. For example, two 4-year olds died in a three week period after suffering breathing problems. Alden Village staff members were supposed to have heard the nursing alert sounds that were activated throughout the facility to warn of the breathing problem, but they didn’t anything. Some of the alarms were incorrectly installed; other had the volume turned down so low that they were virtually worthless.

The Illinois Department of Health has issued over $190,000 in fines against the facility over the years, but the nursing home has only paid about $21,000 of those fines. In addition, currently regulations do not even require the facility to investigate the deaths of children at its homes. Clearly the current public law and regulatory agency rules are insufficient to fix the problems at Alden—private actions against these negligent facilities are required.

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October 8, 2010

When Nursing Homes Fail to Investigate- A Look at Alden Nursing Homes

by Levin & Perconti

It seems that all too often we hear of tragic incidents occurring at Nursing Homes. Today, the Chicago Tribune published an article regarding Alden Village North noting that over the past ten years, Alden has been cited thirteen times for violations in connection to the deaths of its patients.

It is unreasonable to believe that any facility can be perfect in their care, but the types of nursing home neglect that Alden has shown is, in our opinion, inexcusable. The law firm of Levin & Perconti has handled a significant number of cases against Alden for their negligent treatment and care of patients. When negligence occurs, it is important for a facility to investigate the source and correct any problems to mitigate these types of incidents. Alden has been neglecting this part of their duty.

A one-year-old Alden Village North resident who suffered from severe Down syndrome was found in his room “unresponsive and blue” about forty-five minutes after having been fed. There was no one in the room when the child died, and as such Alden was responsible to investigate the cause of the child’s death. In a state investigation, it was found that there was no evidence that the facility reviewed whether proper supervision was provided. The facility was also cited for being understaffed and for not reporting his death to the state health department.

This occurrence was by no means an isolated event. As the Tribune reported, Alden has had several other similar situations occur with similar results. Litigation is often a strong way to persuade a facility to change its ways. The medical malpractice attorneys at Levin & Perconti have been attempting to persuade Alden for years and will continue to do so until they are forced to abandon negligently caring for their patients. Hopefully, by making Alden pay for the negligent treatment of their patients, they will be forced to reform their ways and limit the abuse and neglect seemingly rampant at their facilities.

October 8, 2010

Neglect Running Rampant in Alden Village North, a Chicago Nursing Home

by Levin & Perconti

The nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have handled all types of abuse and neglect lawsuits against Alden nursing homes throughout Illinois for many years. Today's Chicago Tribune tells the story of at least thirteen children in the Chicago area who fell victim to abuse and neglect at Alden Village North, a nursing home located at 7464 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago.

The Tribune's article exposes the sad truth that abuse and neglect not only happens to the elderly living in Illinois nursing homes, but also to younger residents who require ongoing medical treatment that they cannot receive at home. Parents and family members place their trust with nursing home staff to care for their loved ones, but unfortunately neglect and abuse occur, often due to negligent hiring and short-staffing. One of the victims in the Tribune article was just two years old when he died of asphyxiation because staff at the facility failed to properly monitor his tracheotomy tube for over 3.5 hours. The child had a habit of playing with the tube but staff did nothing to prevent this behavior and did not notify his physician of his actions.

In another sad case, a nine-year-old boy who suffered from severe cognitive deficits died due to nursing home neglect. Staff failed to properly care for his g-tube, failed to notice a change in his condition and failed to communicate these changes to his doctor. As a result, he died from bowel obstruction and an infection at a local hospital.

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April 24, 2010

GAO Releases Nursing Home Study and Identifies SFF

by Levin & Perconti

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reporting that they are now notifying those nursing homes who are candidates to become Special Focus Facilities (SFF). SFFs are chosen from among the 15 worst-scoring nursing home in each individual state. Those who chose SFFs analyze the Five-Star Quality Nursing Home Rating System in order to choose which homes make the list. Once a home is chosen as an SFF it is subject to extra inspections and increased enforcement.

The NCCNHR is reporting that of the 355 nursing homes in the SFF program since January of 2005, 51 percent graduated. This means that they had two consecutive standard surveys and no complaint investigations. However, this also shows that almost half of the nursing homes failed to improve. They will continue to remain in the program designed to curb nursing home neglect and abuse. The GAO discovered that SFFs were more likely to be for-profit nursing homes who were affiliated with chain owners.

The SFFs are sorted into different categories by the CMS. One such category is facilities that have not improved. Currently, Illinois has one nursing home in this list, Embassy Health Care Center in Wilmington, Illinois. There is also a category for facilities that are beginning to show improvement. Two Chicago nursing homes are in this SFF category. Both Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center and International Nursing And Rehab Center are located on the city’s south side. Additionally, Pekin Manor in Pekin, Illinois is identified as an SFF. To locate more nursing homes that have been designated as SFFs, please click the link.

November 10, 2009

Alden Wentworth Nursing Home, Chicago

by Levin & Perconti

A notice of a $30,000 fine and a Type A violation were issued to Alden Wentworth nursing home for the death of a resident who jumped from a third floor window and died. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health report, the nursing home failed to ensure that the Alzheimer’s/Dementia Unit was staffed with adequate numbers of trained staff and that staff understood methods to control the resident’s wandering behaviors and attempts to elope from the facility. Click on the link to access the report for this Alden Wentworth violation.

November 8, 2009

Alden Village North Nursing Home, Chicago, IL

by Levin & Perconti

Alden Village North, a nursing home in Chicago, was sent a notice on August 31, 2009 of a Type A violation by the Illinois Department of Public Health and a notice of a $35,000 fine. The violation report findings stated that a boy under the nursing home’s care died of sepsis and bowel obstruction. The report states that the nursing home staff failed to provide written documentation including nursing assessments and notifications to his physician despite a change in his condition. Read the full violation report for Alden Village North.

November 6, 2009

Alden Princeton Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

by Levin & Perconti

The Illinois Department of Public Health gave Alden Princeton nursing home in Chicago notice of a Type A violation on July 31, 2009. According to the IDPH report, the nursing home failed to make sure that a resident received dialysis for five days. The nursing home home also failed to report that the resident missed dialysis to the his doctor, putting him at high risk for a fatal condition. Access a copy of the IDPH report on Alden Princeton by following the link.

September 29, 2009

Nursing Home Neglect Attorney Steven Levin Discusses Nursing Home Negligence

by Levin & Perconti

There was a short period when nursing home care was improving. However, LawyersandSettlements.com reports that bad behavior is returning to the nursing home business. Chicago nursing home abuse lawyer Steven Levin was quoted on the website stating that, “Unfortunately, conditions for nursing residents are once again on the decline.” He stated that there is an epidemic of nursing homes with untrained, insufficient staff and transient staff. Attorney Levin, whose firm handles hundreds of cases of nursing home neglect, stated that profits are being made at the expense of patient care. “Nursing homes are simply unable to care for residents and nursing homes are knowingly admitting residents they know they can’t look after,” Levin adds. "Sometimes doctors or lawyers are negligent and make mistakes, but what nursing home operators are doing is institutionalized neglect.” Levin & Perconti has recently filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against Alden Northmoor Rehabilitation Care Center in Chicago on behalf of a 77-year-old woman with dementia, knowingly propensity to wander and swallow unusual objects. While at Alden Northmoor, the victim swallowed a rubber glove twice and had to undergo bowel surgery to have the glove removed. Attorney Levin stated that it is amazing that the staff would allow something like this to happen twice. Levin & Perconti has filed suit under the Illinois Nursing Home Act, which states that every resident of a nursing home has the right to be free of neglect. Levin believes that nursing homes have corporately structured themselves so as to be essentially “judgment” proof. He believes that since many nursing homes carry no liability insurance they solicit residents without knowing how to care for them. Levin hopes that a new law will require nursing homes to carry $1 million in liability insurance. To read more about nursing home negligence, please click the link.

September 2, 2009

Alden Owns over 40 Illinois Nursing Homes

by Levin & Perconti

The Alden Network is an Illinois entity operating over 40 nursing homes within Illinois. Due to the overwhelming amount of nursing homes, you may not recognize a specific home as an Alden Network home. Since the nursing home abuse attorneys at Levin & Perconti have filed a number of lawsuits against Alden homes, we have provided a list of Alden Network homes below. If you have a complaint against any of these homes, you should contact the Illinois Department of Public Health at 1-800-252-4343 and consult a nursing home abuse lawyer.

Alden Network Homes in Illinois

Alden Alma Nelson Manor- Rockford, Illinois
Alden Courts of Waterford – Aurora, Illinois
Alden Des Plaines – Des Plaines, Illinois
Alden Estates of Barrington – Barrington, Illinois
Alden Estates of Evanston – Evanston, Illinois
Alden Estates of Naperville – Naperville, Illinois
Alden Estates of Skokie- Skokie, Illinois
Alden Gardens Courts of Des Plaines – Des Plaines, Illinois
Alden Gardens of Waterford CCRC – Aurora, Illinois
Alden Lakeland Rehab & HCC – Chicago, Illinois
Alden Lincoln Rehab & HC Ctr – Chicago, Illinois
Alden Long Grove Rehab & HCC – Long Grove, Illinois
Alden North Shore Rehab & HCC – Skokie, Illinois
Alden Northmoor Rehab & HCC – Chicago, Illinois
Alden of Old Town East – Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden of Old Town West – Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden of Waterford – Aurora, Illinois
Alden Orland Park Rehab & HCC – Orland Park, Illinois
Alden Park Strathmoor – Rockford, Illinois
Alden Popular Creek Rehab & HCC, Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Alden Princeton Rehab & HCC – Chicago, Illinois
Alden Springs – Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden Terrace of McHenry Rehab – McHenry, Illinois
Alden Town Manor Rehab & HCC – Cicero, Illinois
Alden Trails – Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden Valley Ridge Rehab & HCC – Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden Village Health Facility- Bloomingdale, Illinois
Alden Village North – Chicago, Illinois
Alden Wentworth Rehab & HCC, Chicago, Illinois
Barrington Horizon
Bloomingdale Horizon
Drexel Horizon
Fox River Horizon I and II
Heather Health Care Center – Harvey, Illinois
Oak Forest Horizon
The Lakes at Waterford
The Superior at Waterford

August 8, 2009

Levin & Perconti Files Nursing Home Negligence on Behalf of Resident against Alden Northmoor

by Levin & Perconti

Attorneys Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby of Levin & Perconti filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit in the Circuit Court of Cook County against Alden Northmoor Rehabilitation and Care Center in Chicago, Illinois. The complaint was filed on behalf of 77-year-old Mary Clifton of Chicago, Illinois for the injuries she sustained at Alden Northmoor. While she was a resident, nursing home staff failed to properly monitor the victim and she swallowed a surgical glove on two separate occasions. After swallowing the gloves, Mary had to undergo two small bowel resections, enduring pain and suffering. The surgeries took a toll on her physical condition and she is now immobile. The nursing home negligence resulted in her inability to retain nutrients. The victim was admitted to Alden Northmoor with a diagnosis of dementia. When she was admitted in October of 2007, nursing home staff noted her to be at risk for wandering and odd behaviors due to her dementia. On April 29, 2008 Mary was allowed to swallow a surgical glove at Alden Northmoor due to poor supervision. She was transferred to a local hospital where she underwent a small bowel resection. Upon her return, the nursing staff still failed to develop a care plan to address the victim’s propensity for putting foreign objects into her mouth. Three months later, she again swallowed a surgical glove and had to undergo a second small bowel resection surgery to remove the foreign object. It was at this time that her family removed her from Alden Northmoor. As a result of her injuries, Mary has experienced decreased mobility and is at risk for further digestive problems including a decreased ability to digest nutrients and dehydration.

“After her first surgery, Alden Northmoor should have created a specific care plan to address her odd behaviors, such as wandering and putting foreign object into her mouth,” said Steve Levin. “Despite the known risk that Mary had put foreign objects in her mouth on another occasion, the nursing home failed to address this behavior or properly monitor Mary and as a result, she had to undergo a second surgery. These surgeries took a serious toll on Mary’s overall condition and now she is immobile and faces an increased risk of future medical complications with her digestive system.”

May 31, 2009

Community Meeting For Chicago Nursing Home Justice June 8

by Levin & Perconti

The Civic Action Network is holding a community meeting for nursing home justice. The meeting will take place on Monday June 8, 2009 at the Bray Temple CME Church located at 1049 E. 73rd Street in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting will take place from 6:30-8:00 PM. The goal of this meeting is to address the growing disparities amongst the Alden Network nursing homes in Chicago. The Alden’s three homes on the South Side of Chicago provide half the staff time per nursing home resident as the nursing homes in the suburbs do. Additionally the nursing homes have faced elderly negligence lawsuits over 30 times for issues like medical malpractice. The recent wrongful death of an 84-year-old man in Chicago has prompted community organizers to discuss how this problem might be remedied. To learn more about the racial disparities in Chicago nursing homes, please visit the civic action network’s website.

May 30, 2009

Disparaties in Care Found in Alden Nursing Homes in Chicago

by Levin & Perconti

The wrongful death of an 85-year-old Chicago nursing home resident launched an investigation by The Chicago Reporter to determine the qualities of nursing homes throughout Illinois. The investigation found that the specific South Side nursing home has the worst rating that any home can receive and that residents get less than half the time each day with staff than residents at a predominately white facility in Evanston which is operated by the same owner. If this nursing home negligence lawsuit is filed, it will be the 14th in Cook County court against the Alden nursing homes between 2004 and 2009. That’s more than three times the elderly neglect lawsuits than half of the city’s 91 nursing homes, with the median number being four. Schlossberg has ownership in 30 homes in Illinois. An analysis of those homes revealed that there were racial disparities in the care that that residents received. Each of the three predominately black facilities received the lowest possible nursing home rating. The two facilities with the highest ratings had 84 percent white residents. Residents at the predominately black homes received much less staff time than residents of the white facilities. For example residents at the Evanston location received 5.53 hours of care per day, while the Harvey facility received 1.73 hours per day. The investigation also found that the disparities between black and white homes were even greater where at least 75 percent of care was paid by Medicaid. The idea that race plays a role a facility’s quality of care is greatly disturbing fact recovered by this investigation.

To read more about the disparities in nursing homes, please click the link.

For a map of the Schlossberg nursing homes in the Chicago land area, please click the link.

May 5, 2009

Resident Falls to His Death at Alden Wentworth in Chicago

by Levin & Perconti

An 84-year-old nursing home resident at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation in Chicago died on May 4 after falling from a window at the nursing home. According to the Southtown Star, the victim was from Chicago’s South Side. At the time of the report, it was not know whether his death was accidental or a suicide. However, the article did note that the victim was suffering from dementia. To read more about this death at Alden Wentworth in Chicago follow the link.

Falls often occur at nursing homes, and in many cases, the results are devastating. "In many instances, deaths such as this are a result of nursing home negligence. When residents suffer from dementia or Alzheimer's, they require a great degree of care and supervision. Unfortunately, serious injuries and death may occur when the nursing home staff fails to provide this care," said Steve Levin of Levin & Perconti in Chicago.

If you or a loved one has suffered serious personal injury or death due to nursing home negligence, please contact our offices by email or at 312-332-2872 to discuss your case with one of our experienced Chicago nursing home lawyers.

March 30, 2009

Levin & Perconti Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center

by Levin & Perconti

Attorneys Steven Levin and Margaret Battersby of Levin & Perconti have filed a lawsuit against Alden Poplar Creek Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Hoffman Estates. Levin & Perconti filed the lawsuit on behalf of Warren Osborn for the wrongful death of his 94-year-old mother, Mildred Osborn, who was a resident at the nursing home.

When admitted, Mildred was assessed at being as high risk for falls and accidents which required her to have supervision and assistance with activities of daily living. Attorney Steven Levin noted that, “Mildred could not get around independently; she had difficulty walking and needed assistance moving from her bed to wheelchair. She relied on the staff at Alden to help her with almost everything.” After an initial fall, the nursing home developed a plan so that she would not suffer anymore falls. However, she two more times and required hospitalization. Doctors diagnosed her with a laceration above her left eye, a hip fracture and a subarachnoid hemmorage, or bleeding around the brain. She passed away four days later an her autopsy listed her cause of death as being attributed to the injuries she sustained at Alden Poplar Creek.

“Falls can have devastating effects on older people, leading to serious injury or death,” said Steve Levin. “In Mildred’s case, the nursing home knew she was at risk for falls and allowed her to fall on several occasions. Even after these falls, they neglected to implement new precautions to prevent her from falling again, and failed to consistently implement the fall precautions that were already required. Mildred’s death could have been prevented if Alden had only taken the proper steps to ensure her safety.”