A July 31st trial date has been set in case involving a 57 year old woman who died as a result of understaffing and improper training of staff at Manorcare nursing home in Illinois. Levin & Perconti represents the daughter of the deceased nursing home neglect victim.
The woman’s daughter is suing the home for neglect after her 57 year old mother died after only 6 days in residence at the home. The woman was admitted to Manorcare with a breathing tube because successful radiation for laryngeal cancer left scars that made her own breathing tube too narrow. The woman was admitted to the home for reconditioning and so the staff could familiarize her with the breathing tube. The home was supposed to clean and suction the tube regularly and as needed until the resident could return to her home.
Instead, the staff irregularly medicated the woman and failed to properly and regularly clean and suction her breathing tube. The woman’s daughter complained several times that the home was understaffed and inattentive to her mother’s needs. On the sixth day of her mother’s stay, her daughter was on her way to take her mother home where she could receive the care she needed with the help of a home health nurse.
When she called the home, she was told her mother had been hospitalized. The tracheotomy tube had become obstructed by a mucus plug because it wasn’t cleaned properly. As a result, her mother died. The employees of the home have admitted they were understaffed and untrained in providing the trach care she required.
This story made local and national headlines when it first broke and the woman’s daughter testified on capitol hill during senate hearings on aging. This case is only another illustration of how understaffing and poor training of staff at Illinois nursing homes results in neglect and continues to plague the innocent elderly.