Many residents in long-term care facilities suffer from cognitive impairments that require a higher level of ongoing supervision and care. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes provide proper training to their staff or ensure there are adequate numbers of caregivers during the shift to ensure that the resident’s cares are being met. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have been mistreated, abused or neglected in Illinois long-term care facilities like Adloff Place.
This Nursing Home is a long-term care ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Springfield and Sangamon County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Facility is located at:
50 Adloff Lane
Springfield Il 62703
Springfield LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois regularly updates their nursing home database system with complete details of all safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The search results can be found on numerous online sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – [ltc.dph.illinois.gov]).
The Sangamon County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care facility including:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Treatments Necessary to the Resident’s Well-Being
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2015, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during a second certification follow-up survey of the facility’s failure to “report a significant incident to the Illinois Department of Public Health [involving an] individual who required on-site medical consultation.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 03/24/2015 Individual Unusual Incident Report that revealed a resident “came in the living room when the Social Services Provider noticed [the resident’s] mouth was really white around his lips/mouth.” The staff member asked the 35-year-old male resident with a moderate intellectual disability, depression and Down syndrome “what he was eating.” The resident responded “nothing”.
During the event, the Director Service Provider requested that the resident “remove his false teeth/dentures [and noticed a] white substance on the teeth and noted [the resident] was still chewing on something white.” The staff member requested that the resident remove the item and noticed that it was “a denture cleaning tablet.” At that point, the Poison Control Hotline was notified by the facility’s Qualify Intellectual Developmental Professional.
Documentation shows that Poison Control requested the resident “be observed for 60 minutes and request emergency services for adverse reactions.” The documentation revealed that the resident did not have a reaction in the facility’s Registered Nurse Consultant was contacted along with the facility Administrator.
The investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator and nursing staff at Adloff Place failed to follow their 04/01/2014 policy titled: Reporting Individual Unusual Incidents Policy that reads in part:
An unusual incident includes but is not limited to… injury of an individual or any activity which could cause injury…”
“Upon be notified of any incident involving serious or suspicious injury… notify the Public Health Department in Springfield Illinois within 24 hours…”
The facility administrator “confirm that Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) was not notified as staff failed to call and send the incident report and after its completion.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/10/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “report serious injuries to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).” The deficient practice involved three residents at the facility.
One failure involved an individual at the facility “who functions within the moderate range of individuals with intellectual disabilities.” In addition, the resident was diagnosed with extrapyramidal movement disorder, organic brain syndrome, dementia with disturbance of behavior and possible psychosis, depression, bilateral hearing loss, bipolar, OCD and osteoporosis.”
The incident involving the resident was documented as occurring at 1:30 PM on 11/03/2014 in the facility’s Incident Report from Day Training. Staff members witnessed the resident “walking with a walker… One staff started to go to [the resident and assist the resident with the walker when the resident] began to get mad.” The documentation also reveals of the resident “fell on the floor, hitting their face mostly on the top lip with two front teeth appearing to be loose.”
The resident was taken to the Express Care Unit “with a diagnosis of facial contusion, chest contusion, and dental trauma.”
Springfield Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment as a resident at Adloff Place, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Allow our reputable Springfield attorneys to handle every aspect of your claims for compensation against every individual an entity that caused harm to your loved one. Our years of experience in handling nursing home and medical malpractice recompense claims/lawsuits can ensure a successful resolution of your case.
We urge you to contact our Sangamon County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your complimentary initial case review. No upfront fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation on contingency. This means we are paid for our legal fees only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.