Not all local nursing homes are created equal. The Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys at our firm have worked on these issues for decades and have come to appreciate the fact that there are often certain facilities that consistently provide inadequate care. The residents who end up at these facilities are usually much more likely to experience problems with their care or simply have tougher time maximizing their quality of life. It is important to keep the pressure on these facilities to ensure that they keep up the effort to enact the necessary changes to keep residents safe.
One way that our Illinois nursing home lawyers stays updated on the quality provided at local long-term care facilities is to examine reports issued by the Illinois Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services quarterly nursing home violators report. The report includes a list of facilities that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws. According to the report the Alden Town Manor Rehab and Healthcare Center, a nursing home in Cicero, recently received several Type “A” Violations and was fined $50,000. The violations were doled out as a result of problems of Illinois nursing home neglect, including failure to notify a physician of a resident’s change in condition, failure to prevent certain medical complications from developing, and other general care violations.
The citations stemmed from neglect suffered by a resident who was admitted to the facility last year with a history of urosepsis. A few weeks after arriving at the facility the woman developed a high temperature that continued to rise, and she eventually began having responsiveness problems. However, she was not further evaluated for another four hours. Upon the second check her condition had deteriorated further, but she was still not taken to a hospital.
Hospital records reveal that the victim was diagnosed with sepsis upon her arrival at the medical facility. She also had a fever and increased white blood cell count. Hospital staff members noticed that the resident was groaning in pain and unable to answer questions. The resident’s condition never fully recovered. She was eventually transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit where she died of urosepsis and dehydration six days later.
Later the doctor in charge of the woman’s care questioned the actions of the nursing home staff members. He explained, “I had some concerns why it took so long for the facility to call me. I did not receive any calls regarding how her condition had deteriorated or I would have sent her out.”
Our nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti continue to work with victims who been victimized by negligent nursing home care like that which occurred in this case. It remains vital for these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. A basic component of proper caregiving involves ensuring that emergency medical care is provided when necessary. No delays should be tolerated, but they are often the difference between life and death.
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