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Posted by Jonathan Rosenfeldon August 23, 2011
Three surveys; one very negligent nursing home. At least that’s what it looks like after analyzing recent Illinois Health Department data about the Northwoods Care Centre in Belvidere, IL.
The surveys, conducted in late 2010, and June 2011, highlight several areas in which the home was consistently negligent. Key among them was the failure to distribute medications on time, failure to keep residents properly fed, and failure to develop proper care plans.
Along with noting disturbing trends at Northwoods, the surveys documented several unacceptable incidents, including:
- Physical Abuse and Improper Wound Care on October 17, 2010
Surveyors found that staff left the patient’s open wound “oozing with blood” for more than four hours, from 2 - 6 p.m. on October 17, 2010. The hematoma rapidly grew from the size of a half-dollar to the length of the patient’s calf. Only after the patient’s sheets became “saturated with blood” did nursing staff decide to take action.
When asked in an interview how often she monitored the patient, the primary care nurse replied: “Every 20-40 minutes. Even if we weren’t documenting, at least every hour.” The Director of Nursing claimed that Northwoods had no official policy regarding the assessment of injuries.
The Illinois Department of Health Considered the incident an “F-Tag 309,” or violation of quality of care.
- Head Injury on November 24, 2010 Due to a Dangerous Headboard
A December 2010 survey carefully noted an incident where a resident sustained a serious head injury as a result of contact with a dangerous headboard. According to the survey, the patient cut her head on an “ornate object with notable sharp edges” on November 24, 2010. The laceration was 1/4-inch deep with a “moderate amount of bleeding.”
As of December 6, 2010 - when the survey was completed - nurses still had yet to move the patient to a safer bed.
Northwoods, according to the Medicare data, has twice as many “health care deficiencies” (19) as the average nursing home in Illinois, which typically has eight. Its percentage of patients with pressure sores (28) is also more than twice the Illinois average of 13 percent.
The health department surveys noted that Northwoods has paid more than $16,000 in civil fees over the past year. An additional financial report says Northwoods presently owes $8,000 for a “Type A” violation “in the area of nursing.” (See that report below in red)
If you have a family member at Northwoods Care Centre who you believe is suffering from mistreatment, we would honor the opportunity to speak with you. As always, our consultations are free of charge and completely confidential.
FACILITY NAME: Northwoods Care Centre
FACILITY ADDRESS: 2250 Pearl Street
Belvidere, Illinois 61008
DOCKET #: NH 11-S0013
NAME OF OWNER OR LICENSEE: Northwoods Care Centre, LP
ADDRESS: 801 Skokie Blvd., Ste. 100
Northbrook, Illinois 60062
On January 31, 2011, sent Notice of Type “A” Violation relating to the area of nursing and Notice of Fine Assessment of $8,000. A hearing has been requested.