Symphony of Buffalo Grove, a 200-bed, for-profit rehabilitation facility in suburban Chicago, is being sued for alleged neglect that led to the death of a resident. The deceased, Librada Jacob, was admitted to the facility in June 2016 and over the course of the next 15 months became dehydrated and malnourished, suffered multiple falls, and developed several pressure ulcers. She died in September 2017, shortly after her 81st birthday.
All residents of rehab and skilled nursing facilities are to be admitted with a care plan that, in part, provides detailed information on how to maintain their physical and mental well-being, including necessary therapies, a fall risk determination and necessary fall prevention methods, a detailed list of current medications, as well as a nutrition plan. The lawsuit alleges that Symphony of Buffalo Grove failed to follow and update Ms. Jacob’s care plan.
Symphony Facilities Make IDPH’s Violations List
This is not the first time a Chicago-area Symphony facility has been accused of neglect. In March of last year, the family of Christine Young, a blind 89-year-old resident of Symphony of Morgan Park, sued the facility after she died from choking on a piece of candy in 2015. The family believes the candy was given to Ms. Young by the nursing home’s staff.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) January – March 2018 quarterly report on nursing homes found 56 Illinois nursing homes with offenses in violation of the Nursing Home Care Act. Two of those listed were Symphony facilities:
- Symphony of Morgan Park was cited for a Type B violation and fined $2,200
- Symphony of Orchard Valley in Aurora, IL was also cited for a Type B violation and fined $2,200
In Illinois, type B violations are occurrences that would likely cause mental or physical harm to a resident. At both facilities, the cause of the violations were related to falls.
IDPH found that the Symphony of Morgan Park resident’s fall was caused by the facility’s failure to maintain an appropriate care plan that included fall intervention strategies. The resident fell from bed and suffered a brain bleed, a hematoma of the head, and a potential spinal fracture.
IDPH determined that a Symphony of Orchard Valley resident’s fall was caused by staff’s inability to properly supervise and care for the resident while bathing. In this instance, the resident fell from a shower seat while reaching for bathing products. As a result, the resident suffered a fractured femur.
It’s Time to Hold Nursing Homes Accountable
Families: Incidents such as falls, pressure sores, dehydration, malnutrition or sudden health changes can be signs of nursing home neglect. While some occurrences are unavoidable, oftentimes an injury or change in condition can be a sign that your loved one’s care is lacking. If you believe someone you love has suffered because of deficient or negligent care at their rehab facility, nursing home, or assisted-living facility, please contact the attorneys of Levin & Perconti for a FREE consultation. We have a nearly 30-year track record of success against nursing homes who fail to provide the care they promised.
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