Three individuals at the Helia Healthcare of Greenville nursing home developed bed sores while residents of the facility. The bed sores were not properly treated after development, leading to continued pain and suffering.
As a Chicago bed sore lawyer, I have experience talking to residents (and their families) who have experienced bed sores. In many ways, the development of a bed sore can be more upsetting to a resident and their family than any other condition. Alzheimer’s Disease currently has no cure and very little effective treatment to even slow down the process. But while Alzheimer’s Disease is not anyone’s fault, bed sores, or pressure ulcers, are indicative of extended periods of neglect and suffering.
The first resident required two people for every transfer. His physician noted two bed sores on the heel and hip bone and ordered daily treatment, but the nursing home failed to include those treatments in the plan of care. Helia Healthcare also failed to include interventions relating to the residents’ wheelchair. During incontinent care, with a nursing home inspector from the Illinois Department of Public Health present, a new bed sore was discovered. No treatment had been applied to the wound.
A second resident with an amputated foot and a unstageable bed sore on her knee was observed left in a recliner from 11:30AM until almost 4:00PM.
A third resident, also with a bed sore acquired at the Helia Healthcare of Greenville, was under orders to be kept off of his back due to a pressure ulcer on his tailbone. Inspectors found him on multiple occasions lying on his back.
Bed sores are key indicators of nursing home neglect because the factors that are responsible for bed sores are the most common forms of nursing home neglect: dehydration and malnutrition; constant pressure on specific parts of the body; and damp and unsanitary conditions.
Bed sores are frequently a result of long term nursing home neglect. They are extremely dangerous, and can be fatal. If you have a loved one who has acquired bed sores in an Illinois nursing home, contact our Chicago nursing home lawyers for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At my law offices we never charge a fee unless we take, and win, your case.