Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 60 COVID infections and 12 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On June 5, 2020, Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center, located in Chicago, IL, released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 60 infections and 12 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
On April 27, 2020, an article reported by ABC7 News listed the nursing homes whose staff has reported they are planning on striking on May 8, 2020, due to their work conditions. Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center is one of the facilities whose staff reported a strike notice. The complaints arise from inadequate personal protective equipment, which staff members claim put not only themselves and residents at risk, but their family members as well. Staff members are also looking to receive a raise in pay in accordance with the danger they are having to face as essential workers. Amid the coronavirus outbreaks at nursing home, staff leaving will have a negative effect on residents. Facilities like Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center will be left understaffed, leaving residents to care for themselves. Amid the coronavirus outbreak at nursing homes, staff strikes will only aggravate the issue.
On May 7, 2020, the Chicago Tribune posted a response to the strike notice. A new two-year contract was issued for nursing home staff members of SEIU Healthcare Illinois, which includes Alden Wentworth staff. This new deal increases pay to $15 an hour and allows employees to refuse to work if there is not enough personal protective equipment available. One worker at Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center was quoted in the article and said she was happy that the agreement meant she might be able to retire in the future “We were tired of being overworked and underpaid and disrespected.”
In Quarter 1 of 2017 (January-March), a survey conducted on June 22, 2016, gave a final order of a violation amended/affirmed, fine assessment reduced and/or notice of conditional license withdrawn to Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center.
In Quarter 3 of 2016 (July-September), a survey conducted on June 22, 2016, found Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center to have committed a Type B violation. The violation included sections 300.1210b), 300.1210c), 300.1210d)6), and 300.3240a) of the code. A $2,200 fine was assessed for committing the violation. Type B violations occur when there is an incident which would likely cause mental or physical harm to a resident.
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 May 22, 2019, found Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center to have committed multiple failures. The violations included; failure to notify a physician and family of a resident’s pressure sore development, failure to treat a pressure sore, failure to provide care to residents who required assistance with daily activities as noted in their care plans, failure to properly monitor a resident who was a fall risk, and failure to follow standard infection control practices with regards to proper storage of a clean linen cart.
Due to the nature of COVID-19 and the rate it can spread, staff attention to infection control practices is essential. Specifically, this citation noted that a clean linen cart was stored uncovered in a resident’s bathroom near the toilet. This is alarming considering the amount of bacteria in bathrooms and residents are left at the mercy of staff members to ensure they are given sanitary living conditions.
Further, Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center issue a plan of correction to thwart occurrences like this from happening again. The facility noted that after this observation, they made sure all other clean linen carts were stored properly. Staff members were also trained on the proper storage of linen carts. Lastly, the nursing home implemented a quality assurance plan to make sure corrections are achieved.
The 2018 recertification survey conducted on April 20, 2018, found Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center to have committed multiple failures. The similarities between the 2018 and 2019 survey was the fact that both included sanitary violations. In the 2018 survey, the facility was cited for a failure to sanitize dishes by not allowing dishes to remain in sanitizing solution for 1 minute. It was noted this had the potential to affect 196 residents.
While the sanitization violations seem minor and easy to correct, they are still very alarming. These types of violations have the chance to affect all residents and staff members. Previous violations such as these should make individuals wary on if the facility can follow the correct sanitation policies and procedures in order to combat COVID-19. This may be related to the high number of COVID-19 cases present at Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, Alden Wentworth Rehab & Healthcare Center 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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As COVID-19 continues to spread, it has also magnified systemic breakdowns within Illinois’ long-term care facilities, nursing homes, or assisted living centers. After this latest release of reported data by IDPH, more than half of the COVID-19-related fatalities in Illinois have now occurred at these facilities.