California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center releases COVID-19 statistics showing 133 COVID infections and 4 deaths. Levin & Perconti, Illinois nursing home lawyers launch investigation into gross negligence in preventing the spread of COVID-19
On May 15, 2020, California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center located in Chicago, IL released long term care outbreak data reporting of laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases. These statics confirm that 133 infections and 4 deaths have occurred at the facility during the COVID-19 outbreak.
California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center has posted their own response to how they are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The post includes information for patients, families and guardians, and employees. They have implemented new cleaning and treatment measures and have provided Kindle tablets to residents for electronic visitation, as normal visitation is no longer permitted. Staff members are following national guidelines and wearing personal protective equipment to protect themselves and residents.
In the 2019 1st Quarter Report (January – March) conducted by Illinois Department of Public Health, California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center was cited for a Type A violation of the Code, including, but not limited to, Sections: 300.610a), 300.1210b), and 300.3240a). The facility was fined $25,000 for these violations. The violations stemmed from a failure to follow their written policy and procedure for monitoring a resident’s respiratory status and vital signs, not ensuring the equipment listed on the hospital transfer/discharge form was ordered, and not obtaining an order for use of oxygen. This resulted in harm to one resident.
On 10/23/19, the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted its yearly recertification review on California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center. In this report the facility was cited for multiple violations. Several violations were related to sanitary issues as the nursing home was found to be inconsistent in cleaning up after residents, maintaining housekeeping standards, and resident’s hygiene standards. Examples cited include; leaving trash in residents’ rooms, not changing bedsheets, not shaving or properly bathing residents. Staff members were also cited for failing to administer resident’s medication in a timely manner according to their care plans. Further, there were instances were medication was not refilled as required by state nursing home guidelines. The facility also failed to maintain an effective pest control program, as insects where found in the kitchen and other common room areas.
California Gardens Nursing & Rehab Center has yet to submit a plan of correction for how it will remedy the violation or prevent similar violations form occurring in the future.
Founding partner Steven M. Levin described these outbreaks in many Illinois Nursing Homes: “for many years prior to this outbreak, California Gardens Nursing & Rehab 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.