It was only a few months ago that I wrote about an incident at LeRoy Manor in Le Roy, Illinois. It seems that the investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was not sufficient to convince LeRoy Manor staff and administration to improve their quality of care.
The prior incident involved a woman whose broken arm was ignored for two days after a nursing home fall. In the end, the victim’s family needed to intercede to get help for their loved one.
The new investigation also centers around a nursing home fall. The victim, a woman suffering from dementia, Parkinson’s disease, depression, anxiety, and other ailments, fell several times over a one month period.
The first fall occurred after she was put into bed. She was found lying on the floor. The fall was not listed in the Accident and Incident Report log. A few weeks later she was found on the floor of her bathroom. Again, no information indicates that any effort was undertaken to determine the root causes of either fall.
The third fall took place just two days later. She was being pushed in her wheelchair when she fell forward. She was taken from LeRoy Manor to the hospital where she received six sutures to close the wound in her head. During the investigation, a LeRoy Manor representative was unable to find any evidence of an investigation.
A statement from one of the staff indicates that the certified nurses aide (CNA) pushing the resident did not properly use the wheelchair footrests. Without the footrests the resident’s feet caught on the floor and propelled her forward onto the floor.
As a nursing home fall lawyer, I’ve seen this pattern repeat itself in many nursing homes. A small fall that results in no serious injury is ignored. Then more and more serious falls begin to accumulate. Eventually, a broken bone or a fractured skull finally results.
If you have a loved one who has been injured in a nursing home fall, and you feel the nursing home was guilty of nursing home neglect, contact Chicago nursing home lawyers for a free and confidential evaluation of your case or file a formal nursing home complaint with the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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