Symphony of Morgan Park
Most recent quality of care and staff ratings for Symphony of Morgan Park, located at 10935 South Halsted St. on Chicago's South Side, remain dismal on the U.S. Government for Medicare website, Nursing Home Compare. The 294-bed skilled care facility sits with a below normal 2-star rating when care standards were last evaluated and received the lowest rating at just 1-star for staffing. The ratings likely match 2018 Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports on nursing homes performing poorly, as Symphony of Morgan Park and its Type B violations made the list. In Illinois, Type B violations are occurrences that would likely cause mental or physical harm to a resident. At Symphony of Morgan Park, the causes of these violations are often related to resident falls or medication errors, most of which could have been prevented.
IDPH inspectors cited that one Symphony of Morgan Park resident's fall was caused by the facility, formerly Renaissance Park South's, failure to maintain an appropriate care plan that included fall intervention screenings and fall prevention strategies. The resident fell from the bed and suffered a serious brain bleed, also known as hematoma of the head, and a potential spinal fracture. Additional resident falls were caused by known accident hazards within a patient's room or bathroom as well as insufficient staff supervision to prevent avoidable fall accidents.Many Nursing Home Falls Could be Prevented
There are many contributing factors that increase the risk of nursing home falls by elderly residents or patients sent there to rehabilitate. For example, residents may have diseases that trigger muscle weakness, changes in bone density and bone deterioration, lessened visual acuity and focus, be on medication, and have physical conditions that simply make mobility, standing and walking more difficult. These residents fall risk should be known and facilities need to:
- Develop and follow a care plan that includes a medication review and several fall prevention strategies for residents and each of their support staff.
- Staff members should provide frequent, consistent checks to easily prevent residents from attempting to move around while medicated, unaided and unsupervised.
The sad truth is that many for-profit nursing homes don't offer the watchful eye on resident safety they promise in fancy marketing pieces. Overwhelmed, overworked and undertrained staff consistently prove to overlook medication interactions and fall prevention measures or follow post-fall procedures. Even residents with a comprehensive fall risk prevention plan in their chart continue to suffer from fall related injuries.
Reviewing Symphony of Morgan Park's many violations is just one-way family members can research or be alerted of a loved one's nursing home care and neglect risk. Symphony of Morgan Park has been cited for more than 45 health deficiencies over the past three years.Illinois Nursing Home Care Act Violators Must be Known, Falls Reported
If a loved one has sustained serious injuries resulting from a fall at Symphony of Morgan Park, they may be entitled to compensation and should contact the skilled legal team at Levin & Perconti for a case discussion. As one of the most widely-known and respected nursing home abuse and neglect law firms in Illinois, we have achieved multiple million dollar verdicts and settlements for falls resulting from nursing home neglect and want to help you and your family.
There is a time limit to file a nursing home neglect or abuse case in Illinois. Call us now at (312) 332-2872 or complete our online case evaluation form for a free consultation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.