It is a sad tale that plays out in our community every day. Local resident Nancy Rivera’s mother began suffering cognitive challenges. Like so many others, the senior, Carmen Marrero, suffered from Alzheimer’s, and her condition slowly deteriorated. About three months ago her health was in such a place that she needed around-the-clock care. It was more than Rivera could provide on her own.
To ensure her mother’s safety, the adult daughter moved her parent in a facility she assumed would provide the close care needed–the Grove at the Lake Living & Rehabilitation Center in Zion.
Sadly, in just that very short time, evidence suggests that Ms. Marerro did not receive anywhere near the care she needed. As discussed in a recent Sun Times report, since moving into the facility, Marrero needed to be taken to a local hospital for medical care at least twice.
The first trip occurred in early August. Employees at the Zion nursing home told Rivera that her mother had fallen and suffered a head injury. Fortunately, the senior did not suffer permanent injury and she was released shortly after her arrival. Yet, even then, there were signs that something was amiss. That is because the senior was brought to the hospital wearing only a man’s large T-shirt. The shirt did not even belong to her. How the senior ended up in that situation is unclear. However, attention to adequate presentation and grooming is often a sign of the overall quality of care provided at a home.
The second hospital trip occurred only a few weeks later. At that time the daughter was told that the problem was in her mouth–the senior has an abscess. Yet, after arriving at the hospital Rivera learned that the situation was far worse. She explains that her mother had a black eye, bruises on other parts of her body, and a jaw that was swollen and broken in three places.
Rivera notes that a surgeon at the facility told her such injuries were likely caused by another fall or some other incident. They would not spring up randomly–or be caused by an abscess.
Right now the senior remains in the hospital in poor health.
Illinois Nursing Home Neglect
Following this latest incident, Rivera took action. She spoke with local advocacy groups which in turn have called on officials in the Illinois Department of Public Health to investigate. A complaint was filed with the Department of Public Health, and local law enforcement officers are also examining the matter.
In addition, the family has retained the services of our Illinois nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti to ensure all their rights are protected and every available option is considered to demand accountability and raise awareness.
This case is one of many examples of the negligent care provided to so many vulnerable seniors in local facilities. If you have suspicions, it is important to speak up. For help ensuring fairness and accountability for a loved one who was hurt in a nursing home, please contact our legal team today.