Lexington Health Care Center of Wheeling
It is no new fact that as a nation, the United States has a problem ahead of it. We will soon be caring for a generation of elderly people that our system likely is not ready to handle. Already we are seeing yearly increases in the amount of people who either need to go and live the rest of their lives in a nursing home or need to use nursing home facilities as a place to recover and rehabilitate after surgeries or hospital stays.
The hope, and maybe often the impression given by companies, is that each member of the staff in nursing home has a calling to help people as they age. Sadly, that is not always the case. Some people are just in it for the job. Some people have been beaten down by years of less-than-stellar pay or overwork due to understaffing. Whatever the case may be, it is up to you to be able to spot signs of neglect and abuse in your loved one in a nursing home.
Lexington Health Care Centers have a fairly decent reputation for their centers in Illinois. When visiting medicare.gov and searching for their ratings, this facility in particular has a much better ratings than other facilities. However, that does not mean they are not without their infractions, and you should be aware of them before you choose to place your loved one in their facility.
Levin and Perconti wants anyone going through a situation where they must find care for an elderly family member to be as informed as possible. If you are informed you will know what to look for, what to ask for, and be able to spot an issue coming or stop one while it is going on. Here are a few of the infractions listed in the health inspection completed on 3/3/2018
Lexington Health Care Center of Wheeling
730 W Hintz Rd
Wheeling, IL 60090
3/27/2018 Failure to honor the resident’s right to a dignified existence, self-determination, communication, and to exercise his or her rights.
A resident was observed sitting alone at a table in the dining area when a meal was being served. Upon being asked, she said she was waiting for a certified nursing assistant to assist with feeding her. She was faced away from the rest of the residents toward a window in the dining area. The director said there was no policy on dignified eating practices for the residents.
3/27/2018 Failure to provide appropriate treatment and care according to orders, resident’s preferences and goals.
A resident who was nonverbal was observed moaning while being moved, but nursing assistant said it was hard to tell if it was pain or just noises resident made because resident makes the noises often. Review of the records indicate that in 2017, the resident was diagnosed with many injuries including multiple healed rib fractures and a fracture of the right humeral.
Investigation concluded that there was no abuse, but because of resident’s own erratic movements injuries occurred. The facility failed to alter the plans of the patient to account for these issues.
What to Look For
Your loved one may not always be able to tell you when they are being abused— in fact, they may not want to. There is a sense of pride that keeps people from telling their loved ones that someone is hurting them. They feel embarrassed that they are letting it happen. You have to vigilantly look for signs of abuse and neglect.
These signs can be weight loss, unexplained bruising, distraction of loved ones, withdraw from social situations, repeatedly soiled undergarments, or foul smells in room. Levin and Perconti want you to know what to do if you have concerns.
The first thing you should do is document the day, time, and sign of concern you had about your loved one. Take your documented incidents to the administration of the nursing home facility. They may be able to fix your concern, but you will have to watch carefully to ensure their follow up. If they do not address your concern for your loved one sufficiently you may have to get an attorney to help.
Do not feel guilty if you have made the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, because you still have an important role to play as their biggest advocate for proper health care while in the facility. Remember, it is your job to speak up if you feel things are not going well in the facility your loved one is in. Levin and Perconti have made it their goal to stamp out all elder abuse and neglect in nursing homes. Click here to contact Levin & Perconti or call us at 877-374-1417 for a zero cost, completely confidential, and no obligation consultation today.
Disclaimer: The above inspection findings are taken from public sources, including the Illinois Department of Health and from Medicare inspection conducted at the facility. Levin & Perconti cannot confirm that this page’s content represents the latest information available. The inspection findings published here are not complete. You may find the most up to date information at www.il.gov or medicare.gov. Any deficiencies/citations listed on this page may have been corrected or substantially corrected after the date of the inspection and date of publishing this material. This page is a legal advertisement and a resource of information for visitors. This material is not endorsed by the facility identified or by any governmental agency. Levin and Perconti does not have any affiliation with the facility mentioned.
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