The resident was admitted to Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehab Center with multiple diagnoses including diabetes. Like all nursing home residents, she was given a complete physical and mental evaluation upon admission to the facility.
This early evaluation is called a minimum data set (MDS). One of the most important aspects of this evaluation is the skin care evaluation. The skin care evaluation is supposed to determine which residents are at greatest risk for developing bed sores.
Because of the resident’s pre-existing conditions, she should have been given an evaluation that identified her as a high risk for bed sores and other kinds of skin breakdowns. That designation would have ensured that Glenlake Terrace Nursing and Rehab staff would have conducted daily skin checks.
Instead, it was determined that she was of little risk of bed sores. No daily skin checks were made. As a result, several bed sores developed on her foot and tailbone. “Red areas” and “open areas” were noted by Glenlake Terrace staff, but these reports were never followed up.
If you have a loved one in an Illinois nursing home who develops a bed sores, you should contact my law offices immediately. Bed sores are extremely dangerous injuries that often prove fatal.
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