Recently the Northlake Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in northwest Indiana has found itself in some trouble. Residents and their facility members have filed complaints depicting horrors that sound unbelievable in today’s modern age. These include patients who have visible bedsores that have progressed to the need for amputation. The staff covered up the bedsores with bandages whenever the family visited so that they were unaware of the horrific nature. The Post Tribune reported that the Indiana Department of Health has gone so far as to suspend the nursing home’s license. The issue came to a height when the state issued an emergency closure for the home. The nursing home is owned by Eric Rothner and his Evanston, Illinois company, Extended Care Clinical. The company owns three other nursing homes in Indiana in addition to a number of Illinois nursing homes.
Many of the complaints and nursing home lawsuits point to a breakdown in patient care. They cite high employee turnover at all levels including the administrator a director of nursing. Countless studies have showed that nursing homes with high employee turnover oftentimes are culprits of nursing home negligence. Well-trained and sufficient nursing home staff should be the top priority for all owners. The article in the Post Tribune notes that one former employee believes that Rothner buys the failing nursing homes at low prices and then struggles to fill the homes with residents. This situation leads to the administrators being unselective in who comes into the homes and merely looking to fill the beds for profits. To read more about the nursing home closure or the reportednursing home abuse, please follow the links.