Three residents at the Claremont Rehab and Living Center in Buffalo Grove, Illinois were the victims of nursing home neglect when they suffered repeated nursing home falls in the facility. The nursing home failed to provide adequate supervision to the residents and did not implement plans of care that would include properly monitoring interventions. The facility also failed to develop a strategy to investigate potential fall incidents.
One of the residents experienced a nursing home fall while in her room, and was only found after a certified nurses aide (CNA) heard her calling for help from the floor. At the hospital, she was diagnosed with a fractured femur. At the hospital, the resident’s husband told investigators that there’s never anyone available to help his wife use the bathroom.
The second resident fell five times between March and September of last year. She has been diagnosed with dementia, and attempts to stand when she needs to go. The interventions put into place by the nursing home include the use of a gait belt to safely secure the resident during transfers and while walking. During a recent inspection, a CNA was observed supporting the resident by grabbing her under the arms. The fall in September resulted compression fracture of the spine.
The third resident also fell while attempting to use the bathroom and fractured her hip. There were no interventions in place to manage her high risk of nursing home falls.
This is not the first time that nursing home falls at Claremont Rehab and Living Center have resulted in large fines by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). Last year, we wrote about another devastating fall at the facility when a resident was dropped during a wheelchair to bed transfer.
Claremont Rehab and Living Center has been given a 2-star rating in nursing home staffing by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Most of that poor rating is due to a deficiency of CNA hours. CNAs are the backbone of any nursing home. A lack of qualified CNA hours makes nursing home neglect inevitable.
If you have a loved one who has experienced multiple or extremely damaging nursing home falls at an Illinois nursing home, contact our Chicago nursing home lawyers for a confidential case evaluation. At my law offices we have the experience and expertise to manage all aspects of your Chicago nursing home fall lawsuit.
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