CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has opened an investigation after receiving various reports that there was no medical staff on duty at Warren Barr Lincolnshire, a skilled nursing home facility. The facility is also facing violations for an incident resulting in a resident falling caught on camera.
Warren Barr Lincolnshire, located at 150 Jamestown Lane, was reported to nursing home surveyors after being notified by the lack of medical staff. When surveyors arrived, no nursing or clinical staff was on duty at the facility.
In a video caught on camera, an 87-year-old resident Marilyn Glass fell face-first on the ground from her wheelchair.
“It kills me inside because you don’t want to see your family member go through this,” said Andrea Contreras of her mother.
Contreras mentioned there were no foot petals on her mother’s wheelchair where a staff member pulled the wheelchair from the front and jerked it enough to the point her mother went flying forward and landed on her face.
When Contreras arrived to the nursing home facility, she was told a doctor had yet to see her mother.
Lincolnshire police made a report and obtained the video of Contreras’s mom fall. IDPH investigated and found the facility “failed to ensure a wheel bound resident was transported in a safe manner.”
Glass’s care plan stated she was at a high risk for falls and is “to have leg rests on at all times during transportation,” and while she’s in “in her wheelchair, to make sure her footrests are on for safety.”
IDPH found Warren Barr Lincolnshire was in violation of Improper Nursing Care and Resident and Injury. Due to the violation, the nursing home was fined $1,100.
As of May 1, the nursing home changed ownership concerning families of residents in which they contacted police and state officials stating there wasn’t enough medical staff onsite to care for patients – an on-going issue that continues to plague the industry.
The facility has now rebranded to change its name to Wealshire Center of Excellence.
While IDPH continues to investigate the incident, the report states there was no medical director on staff and no licensed nurses in the building from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Multiple residents were taken to the hospital by their own family due to the lack of care patients received including not receiving their morning medications and lack of staff patients unable to get out of bed.
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