It’s been almost a year since I last posted about Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, Illinois. At the time, the Holy Family Villa held the distinction of having the most outrageous quote attributed to one of their employees in a nursing home inspection report.
After a series of truly dangerous lapses in nursing home procedures including employees not washing their hands before treating residents and reusing blood stick tests, the Director of Nursing at the facility told an Illinois nursing home inspector that “If we washed our hands after caring for each resident, we would be washing our hands 24/7, and that’s just not necessary.”
The next report, filed in December of 2012, showed little progress in terms of dedicated treatment care. The Holy Family Villa nursing staff failed to properly care for a resident with a bed sore (also known as a pressure ulcer) on his tailbone.
As a result, not only did the initial bed sore grow drastically worse, the nursing home neglect also caused new bed sores to form.
According to the victim, the nursing home staff does not readjust him every two hours as they are supposed to. Nursing home inspectors also witnessed Holy Family Villa staff leaving open sores to go untreated. They found bed sores without any dressing at all, and additional sores that were not part of the resident’s medical record.
Bed sores are one of the most common types of nursing home neglect. Bed sores require excellent care to treat as well as excellent care to prevent, especially on residents who are at high risk for developing them.
A bed sore should never form on a nursing home resident. These are known as facility-acquired bed sores, and they are always a sign of nursing home neglect.
If you have a loved one who has developed bed sores in an Illinois nursing home, contact one of our Chicago nursing home lawyers for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle we never charge a fee unless we win a recovery for you.