Symphony of Buffalo Grove

Symphony of Buffalo Grove Staff Ignore Patient Care Plans

Symphony of Buffalo Grove is a 200-bed recovery home located in suburban Chicago. One of the for-profit rehabilitation facility's recent lawsuits was for the alleged neglect and under supervision of a patient's care plan that led to the cruel and untimely death of the 81-year-old woman. The deceased was admitted to the facility in June 2016 and over the course of just 15 months became dehydrated and malnourished on several occasions, suffered multiple unoccupied falls, and developed painful, untreated pressure ulcers due to failure of being properly cared for.

The goal for all residents of rehabilitation facilities should be to get better, not worse. When a patient is admitted, a care plan should first be established to ensure that detailed information will be followed for staff to help maintain or improve a patient's physical and mental well-being. In addition, fall risk determination and necessary fall prevention methods should be acknowledged, a detailed list of current medications given, and a strict nutritional guide established. Trends in patient needs should be evaluated over time and reflect any care plan changes.

Breaking Down the Patient Care Plan Process

In order for a facility to properly care for and rehabilitate a patient, an initial health assessment should be completed by the first day of admission or before. The assessment information should be discussed in a meeting with family members, staff, and medical professionals and be used to develop a care plan that will serve as a guide to discuss the resident's needs and progress outlined in a timeframe.

The nursing home must work with the patient, supporting clinicians, or family to develop this individualized, written care plan. The guide must be updated every 90 days and any time the resident's condition changes. The care plan will be used to help the patient on a daily basis and clarifies what each staff person will do and when they will do it. It may also include answers to questions such as:

  • What kind of equipment or supplies are needed?
  • How often will the patient need staff support and what is the schedule?
  • Are there any known dietary restrictions or requests?
  • What medications have been prescribed?
  • What type of staff should be in charge of each of the services?

In 2017, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented new changes to the basic requirements that must be met by nursing homes in order to receive funding. The new rules say, "the baseline care plan should strike a balance between conditions and risks affecting the resident's health and safety, and what is important to him or her, within the limitations of the plan's timeframe."

At a time when nursing home neglect and abuse occurrences remain at an all-time high, care plans should be taken seriously to improve life for the more than 1.5 million Americans who reside and rehabilitate in nursing homes.

Call a Respected Nursing Home Negligence Attorney for Help

Levin & Perconti has become one of the most widely-known and respected nursing home abuse and neglect law firms in Illinois, achieving multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements. If your loved one is or was a resident of the Symphony rehabilitation facility in Buffalo Grove and did not receive the services outlined in their care plan and the result caused them physical or mental harm, or sickness, we want to hear about it and help.

There is a time limit to file a case in Illinois, so please contact us now for a free consultation with one of our skilled nursing home attorneys.

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