Alden Valley Ridge releases COVID-19 statistics showing 43 COVID infections and 15 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On June 5, 2020, Alden Valley Ridge,located in Bloomingdale, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 43 infections and 15 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
On May 18, 2020, Alden Valley Ridge started a blog page to show what they have done in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This blog listed the preventative approaches taken at the facility for residents, family of residents, staff members, the public at large, regulatory authorities, and their suppliers. Specifically, the facility is daily monitoring all residents, increasing their electronic visitation options, and continually educating staff on the proper cleaning and sanitation behavior.
In Quarter 4 of 2019 (October-December), a survey conducted on October 15, 2019, found Alden Valley Ridge to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.1210b), 300.1210d)6), and 300.3240a) of the code. A $2,200 fine was assessed for committing the violation.
Based upon interview and a record review, Alden Valley Ridge failed to ensure a resident was in a safe position when receiving a bath. This subsequently resulted in the resident fracturing both legs.
In Quarter 3 of 2018 (July-September), a survey conducted on July 20, 2018, found Alden Valley Ridge to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.1210a), 300.1210b), 300.1210d)5) and 300.3240a) of the code. A $2,200 fine was assessed for committing the violation.
Based upon interview and a record review, Alden Valley Ridge failed to toilet and reposition a resident that required such care. The facility also failed to ensure proper fall preventions were in place for several residents. These failures caused one resident to develop a pressure sore injury and three residents to fall.
The Illinois Department of Public Health conducts annual recertification surveys in which nursing homes are subjected to a review of their regulatory histories, as well as any violations occurring at the facility. When a facility is found to be in violation, the facility is required to submit a plan of correction noting both how it will remedy the violation and how it will prevent similar violations in the future.
The 2019 recertification survey conducted on August 28, 2019, found Alden Valley Ridge to have committed multiple failures. The violations included; failure to provide a resident with privacy regarding personal finance, failure to provide toileting, personal hygiene, nail care, and oral and facial hygiene to residents that require such, failure to identify, assess, and treat a facility acquired pressure ulcer, failure to prevent further falls for a resident with a prior fall history, failure to provide incontinent and catheter care in a way to prevent infection, failure to follow policies to maintain acceptable standard care practices for PICC intravenous line, failure to ensure a resident with pain receives treatment and evaluation, failure to provide sufficient staff personal to provide care and services to residents, failure to administer medications, and failure to provide comfortable living conditions to a resident.
Due to the infection rate of COVID-19, it is very important that staff members are following all policies and procedures related to hygiene and sanitation. Lack of care and detail in this area will not only create a dangerous environment for residents, but for staff and family members as well. Alden Valley Ridge has yet to issue a plan of correction in response to this survey. This is alarming as there was both violations in regard to hygiene of residents and behavior that could cause infection. Specifically, the hygiene violation stemmed from staff members not checking in on the status of residents every two hours as required. Further, resident’s catheters were not being properly monitored in order to prevent urinary infection. This lack of attention and care being shown to residents by staff members is concerning. Unless proper procedures and policies are implemented and followed, the rate of COVID-19 cases at Alden Valley Ridge will only increase.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Alden Valley Ridge operated with insufficient staff and with a lack of adherence to recognized infection control protocols. It is not surprising that they were ill equipped to handle this outbreak.”
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