Symphony of Joliet

Basic Hygiene Issues Create High Infection Risks for Symphony of Joliet Patients

It's expected that most nursing home residents will require some minor or major assistance with toileting and keeping up with related personal hygiene to prevent injuries or infections. It is up to a nursing home's infection prevention plan for staff to follow when seeking to fulfill those needs and provide the care and assistance needed to perform daily living activities as simple as using the restroom. Unfortunately, even with a higher than average Medicare rating for quality of care and staffing, the Symphony care facility located in Joliet has been cited several times through state health inspection reports for staff failing to provide the assistance necessary to prevent infection and maintain hygiene at a sanitary level when helping residents who require extra help toileting.

Examples of the fails were shared in a Spring 2018 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) inspection report stating that activities as simple as providing grooming and bathing assistance to giving support care for residents who are continent or incontinent of the bowel or bladder, require catheter care, and appropriate hygiene to help prevent urinary tract infections just isn't happening.

  • "Based on observation, interview, and record review, on one visit by state health surveyors from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), the facility failed to clean residents 4 of 6 residents during bladder or bowel incontinence care in a manner that would prevent potential infection."

Urinary tract infections would be the most common infection outcome from this neglect. Though the mostly painful infections rarely lead to complications, they seem to too often be misdiagnosed or left untreated in nursing home settings. And since urinary tract infections are easily preventable, the infection injury may likely trigger a relation to further neglect of a resident by staff. Untreated infections of any sort can have serious consequences and cause permanent organ damage from an acute or chronic or even death if left undiagnosed or untreated.

Hand Washing and Hand Hygiene Are Basic Infection Control Measures

Hand hygiene is a critical component to standard and enhanced precautions against sickness at nursing homes, yet Symphony of Joliet staff is proving at failing to stay true to hand hygiene adherence.

  • "Based on observation, interview and record review the facility failed to follow standard infection control practices related to hand washing and glove changing during provisions of care, failed to ensure that indwelling catheter bag was not directly touching or resting on the floor, failed to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) while entering contact isolation room and failed to ensure that there is soap in the bathroom of a resident who was on contact isolation."

These sorts of situations demand proper analysis and accountability so that those involved are held responsible. Symphony of Joliet is a 214-bed facility, located at 306 North Larkin Avenue in Joliet, Illinois. The home holds an overall rating of Above Average ranked by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Chicago Nursing Home Neglect Attorneys

If your loved one was neglected or suffered an infection due to staff ignoring basic hygiene and bathroom support services while staying at Symphony of Joliet or any other nursing home and, contact the legal team at Levin & Perconti to discuss your case.

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