ManorCare of Homewood
You do everything you can to pick the safest, most comfortable nursing home for your loved one. After thorough research and comparisons, you hope you’ve picked the right one; with the elder care industry booming right now there should be plenty of great options to choose from. But unfortunately, all too often that facility that looked so great on the tour turns out to be a nightmare for your senior loved one and you.
With record numbers of seniors needing late-life care, the elder care market is getting stretched thin. They’re always looking to do more with its limited resources. This means cutting corners where possible, which often leads to reductions in staffing and thus less attention and personal care for residents.
When nursing home residents are not getting the care they need, they are at risk for elder abuse and neglect. Always thoroughly research an assisted living facility before moving a loved one there and keep tabs on changes in its ratings for the duration of your relative’s residency there.
We at Levin & Perconti are dedicated to helping you keep your senior loved ones safe in a place where they receive compassionate, dignified care. Therefore, in addition to our law practice, we also research ratings and reviews of Illinois nursing homes and compile our findings so you can be informed as to the quality of care to expect at individual facilities and hopefully prevent cases of abuse and neglect.About ManorCare of Homewood
940 Maple Avenue
Homewood, IL 60430
ManorCare of Homewood has 132 beds and offers both short- and long-term care for residents, as well as memory care and outpatient rehabilitation. However, they have a below average rating on medicare.gov, with a below average health inspection rating and only average staffing and quality measures ratings.
While ManorCare of Homewood has an average number of staff per resident, their percentage of residents with bedsores, urinary tract infections, and moderate to severe pain was higher than average, which is worrisome. Recent health inspections reported the following incidents:
3/21/18 Failure to provide appropriate treatment and care according to orders, resident’s preferences and goals. A resident complained of soreness and swelling in their leg. A doctor ordered an exam but the exam was postponed by nurses until seven days later, allowing the swelling and pain to get worse and putting the patient at risk for a pulmonary embolism and death. Staff stated that the facility does not have a policy on following physicians’ orders, and this is a standard practice.
3/20/18 Failure to provide appropriate pressure ulcer care and prevent new ulcers from developing. It was found that two residents did not receive adequate repositioning required to prevent and treat existing bedsores.
3/23/18 Failure to provide enough food/fluids to maintain a resident’s health. Staff failed to assess a resident’s lack of food intake and weight loss and neglected to notify the patient’s physician and spouse in a timely fashion. Incomplete meal intake sheets and once-a-month weight checks were blamed.What You Should Look For
It can be difficult for an elderly resident to recognize or report abuse and neglect, so always be vigilant when you visit or speak to them and be aware of signs of mistreatment. Don’t be afraid to question the facility about practices that seem incorrect or if anything about your loved one’s care seems inadequate or lacking.
Some signs of abuse and neglect will be physically obvious, such as unexplained fractures, burns, bruising, or scars. Other signs to look for include poor hygiene, untreated pressure ulcers, frequent trips to the hospital, and sunken cheeks or eyes indicating poor blood circulation.
New behaviors may also indicate mistreatment and trauma. If your relative begins to withdraw from loved ones, lash out violently, have trouble sleeping, rocks back and forth, or displays signs of confusion or depression, there may be cause for concern.
Also pay attention to the care of the facility and staff behaviors. If you become aware of instances of the wrong type or dosage of medication being administered or any disregard for privacy or dignity, or if you observe signs of uncleanliness or personal belongings being lost or misplaced, it’s time to take some action.
Levin & Perconti have seen and prosecuted cases with every type of abuse, including the following:
- Physical or Sexual Assault or Abuse
- Clogged Breathing Tubes
- Falls, Improper Transfers, Drops by Staff
- Malnutrition and/or Dehydration
- Wandering and Elopement from facilities
- Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
- Pressure Sores
- Sepsis and Other Infections
- Unauthorized Physical and/or Chemical Restraint Use
- Verbal Abuse
- Medication Errors
If you see any signs of abuse or neglect of your elderly loved one at ManorCare of Homewood, act now. Begin documenting your observations and bring your findings to the facility’s administration. Question them about protocols and staff qualifications pertaining to your discoveries. If they do not provide satisfactory answers and solutions, or become defensive and uncommunicative, it is time to get help elsewhere.
With our experience and expertise in elder care and personal injury law, the attorneys at Levin & Perconti are prepared to take on any elder abuse case. Our goal is to reduce the number of cases of elder abuse in Illinois and seek justice for victims and their families per state laws. If your family is looking for a resolution and reparations for mistreatment at the hands of an assisted living facility, click or call Levin & Perconti at 888-424-5757 any time for a free consultation and the help you need.
Disclaimer: The above health inspection findings are taken from public records kept and published by Medicare and the state of Illinois and are not complete. Levin & Perconti cannot confirm that this page’s content includes the latest information available. Any corrections or additions made to these public records after publication of this page will not be found here. For the most up-to-date information, visit www.il.gov or medicare.gov. This page is a legal advertisement and informational resource for visitors and is not endorsed by the named facility or any government agency. Levin & Perconti does not have any affiliation with the named facility.