Lexington Health Network Nursing Homes
Nursing home abuse, which may be in the form of physical, emotional, sexual, financial, or negligence, is a pervasive problem across the United States and in the state of Illinois. With the Illinois Department of Public Health receiving close to 19,000 calls each year, and as many as 5 million elders being abused and neglected each year, at Levin & Perconti, we understand that it’s hard to put your trust in a nursing home.
Nursing homes and health care facilities may not be outwardly hostile or appear negligent on the surface, but lack of proper training, inadequate staffing, and apathetic administration add up to poor care. As the American population over the age of 65 continues to grow, the likelihood of neglect and abuse will continue to grow.
We encourage families to take time and become well informed about the history of care and any past health citations or violations of the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act before making the final decision on the right home for their loved one. Having a detailed picture of the facilities history can give you peace of mind, and can protect loved ones from potential neglect and abuse, and may in fact save their life.Taking a Closer Look: Lexington Health Network
At Levin & Perconti, our attorneys actively research nursing homes, health care centers, and assisted living facilities, reviewing current data, health and safety violations and citations that have been issued. We investigate these violations and meet with families who are looking for support in making a claim of negligence or abuse on behalf of a loved one.
This extensive and continual research has shown that many Illinois nursing homes are operating with exceptionally low staff, and continually score “below average” or “Well below average” on Medicare’s Nursing Home Overall Rating score. They continue to get hit with health violations, citations, penalties, and fines as a result of inspections performed by the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Illinois Department of Health.
Lexington Health Network markets their nursing homes as and extension of home, dedication to providing the highest standards of care, and creating the best outcomes for all of their patients and long term residents. The reality is, Lexington Health Network facilities are repeat offenders, some of them gaining special attention of the U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid due to consistently poor care. Lexington Health operates 21 post-acute, long-term, palliative care, and sleep health facilities in Illinois, with a large concentration of the facilities in the Chicago area, including;
- Lexington of Bloomingdale
- Lexington of Chicago Ridge
- Lexington of LaGrange
- Lexington of Lake Zurich
- Lexington of Lombard
- Lexington of Orland Park
- Lexington of Schaumburg
- Lexington of Streamwood
- Lexington of Wheeling
- Lexington of Elmhurst
While not every Lexington Health Network facility is operating at an extremely poor level, a number of them are continually struggling to provide even adequate care.
Ignoring the resident’s toilet needs, letting some go for most of a day without being checked on. One resident was observed to have apparently removed their own overfull incontinence brief, return to the bed, and then thoroughly wet the bed. Another had sat in a wheelchair for most of the day, with urine and feces soaking through to the cushion.
Not properly following safe transfer protocols - not providing adequate assistance moving from a wheelchair to toilet or bed, resulting in falls and broken bones.
Leaving patients in pain for over an hour before responding to calls. A resident was observed crying out in pain, waiting for someone to bring her relief. She was left waiting for over and hour before she was given medication to relieve her pain.
Dirty, haphazardly cared for kitchen items, including a dishwasher that wasn’t actually distributing disinfectant, caked on food on pans, and supposedly clean meat slicer that had meat and other “multicolor” particles in it.
Irresponsible care of patients with contagious infections such as MRSA, Not changing gloves after assisting a MRSA infected resident use to bathroom, not properly washing hands in preparation and after taking care of wounds in the tailbone area.
Multiple problems due to inadequate staffing, including a staff member resorting to locking down several residents in the dining hall as she couldn’t provide assistance for them all while alone, several with toilet needs all at once.
A fall that resulted in broken legs, due to negligent supervision of a known fall-risk resident. This resident unfortunately passed away due to complications from the fractures.
Lexington Health Network facilities have been cited by the U.S. Federal government for serious violations related to all of these examples. These nursing homes must be held accountable for these tremendous failures in caring for their residents. These failures have - and will continue to - cost the lives of loved ones, unless they are resolved.Nursing Home and Elder Abuse Cases Handled by Levin & Perconti
Of course, negligence and abuse can happen at any nursing home or health care facility. Lexington Health Network nursing homes happen to stand out as a repeat offender, with neglect and abuse happening all too often. At Levin & Perconti, we represent the residents of nursing homes who have been injured as a result of abuse or neglect, as well as the families who have lost their loved one. These cases have included matters like:
- Alzheimer's and Other Forms of Dementia
- Pressure Sores, and Decubitus Ulcers
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Malnutrition and Dehydration
- Medication Errors
- Physical or Chemical Restraints
- Physical and Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Verbal Abuse
- Wandering from Facilities
If you have concerns about the treatment of your loved one while in the care of a Lexington Health facility, we can help. You have the right to know what kind of situation your loved one is living in, and ask questions about their care.
Your questions should be met with honest answers and any diversion or hostility should not be tolerated. Abuse and neglect should not be happening, but when it does, your action and inquiry may save your loved one from negligent care, abuse, and may even save their life.
Levin & Perconti is a well known and well respected nursing home neglect and elder abuse law firm in Illinois. We have produced multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements for the families and residents who have been affected by nursing home neglect, abuse, or malpractice. Contact us at Levin & Perconti online or call us at 877-374-1417 for a free and confidential consultation with a skilled nursing home abuse attorney.