Illinois Nursing Home Facilities with Ongoing Infectious Disease Shortcomings
For decades, nursing home owners and operators have cut corners and allowed their facilities to perform under minimal oversight. Legal liability serves a definite purpose and is a functional safeguard for nursing home residents who have the right to be served by an operation that complies with laws and regulations. Our attorneys are currently investigating outbreaks and reviewing over 100 complaints involving assisted living, long-term care, and skilled nursing facilities that have failed to uphold adequate procedures and responsibility related to the COVID-19 outbreak in the greater Chicago area and surrounding communities in Illinois.
Here is a summary of facilities representing only a small number of our findings.
Alden Valley Ridge
On June 5, 2020, Alden Valley Ridge, located in Bloomingdale, released long-term care outbreak data reporting of 43 laboratory confirmed COVID-19 outbreak cases and 15 deaths. A 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 high infection rate of COVID-19, it remains critical that staff follow policies and procedures related to hygiene and sanitation. Lack of care and response in this area will not only create a dangerous environment for residents, but for staff as well.
Villa at Windsor Park
Villa at Windsor Park in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood has some of the highest numbers of COVID-19 deaths including 43 residents and staff. And sadly, the number of cases continues to climb. In April, elder advocacy groups in the Chicago area pushed for the home’s high-level management to follow IDPH guidelines and start protecting residents after concerns were raised about an underreported spread of the coronavirus among sick residents and staff. Many of these residents lack the support of staff trained in handling infectious disease and left without protections such as personal protection equipment (PPE), and the appropriate testing, diagnosis and treatment needed to survive.
Symphony of Joliet
Levin & Perconti is representing an Illinois family speaking out for their 84-year-old father after the man died at a hospital just days after contracting COVID-19. At the time of his death, Mr. Mitchell was a resident at Symphony of Joliet, a long-term care facility owned and operated by the Symphony Care Network, located at 306 North Larkin Avenue in Joliet, Illinois. Mr. Mitchell was one of the confirmed 132 COVID-19 cases and 25 deaths at the Will County nursing home. Symphony of Joliet staff has a history of failing to stay true to infectious disease prevention.
Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion
On June 6, 2020, Woodbridge Nursing Pavilion, located in Chicago, released long-term care outbreak data reporting COVID-19 outbreak cases. The report confirmed 219 infections and 32 deaths have occurred at the facility during a COVID-19 outbreak. On May 6, 2020, a news report by ABC 7 Chicago told the story of Woodbridge’s attempt to withhold information regarding a resident’s test results and the spread of COVID-19 within the facility from a resident’s family member. The resident’s daughter claims that despite multiple calls to the facility, they refused to give her any information regarding her father until she was called and told that he had tested positive. At this time, she alleges that the staff member that she spoke with said the facility had been lying when they told her that they did not have any information on her father prior, and that her father had actually contracted the virus. Shortly after, the resident died of COVID-19.
Aperion Care Jacksonville
Forty-eight confirmed cases and one death have been reported involving residents of Aperion Care Jacksonville, located at 1021 North Church Street in Jacksonville, according to the Illinois Department of Health (IDPH). As of June 25, 2020, there have been 126 confirmed coronavirus cases in Morgan County, with nearly a third attributed to the outbreak at Aperion Care. Many of the positive cases were among residents and staff members. A closer look through quarterly reports of long-term care facilities, Aperion care homes remain a likely offender, plagued by chronic care issues that could be prevented. The system markets itself as a comfortable facility specializing in personalized rehabilitation and post-acute care with physical and occupational therapies available 7 days a week, and resident amenities such as a beauty salon, free transportation, and pet therapy sessions. Unfortunately, Levin & Perconti attorneys have revealed several Aperion Care Jacksonville truths that families should know before entrusting a loved one to its care.
If you know of a facility that is not testing residents or staff for COVID-19, or following state and federal rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we want to help.
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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.