Physical assault and sexual abuse are common violent crimes that occur nearly everywhere. However, when the victim is residing in a nursing home, the crime is especially heinous. This is because nursing home residents are some of the most vulnerable members of society. Sadly, the Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handle many cases of sexual and physical abuse involving victims in assisted-living homes, nursing facilities and health care centers.
Our legal team remains dedicated to serving as a legal advocate for Illinois nursing home residents. We post currently available data on the safety concerns of Illinois nursing facilities. This information serves as a valuable tool when deciding where to place a loved one who requires skilled nursing or rehabilitative care.
Albany Care is a 417-bed intermediate care facility that provides medical services, recovery and treatment to residents of Evanston and Cook County, Illinois. The health care center is located at:
901 Maple Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202
The facility provides psychiatric rehabilitation services including anger management, medication management and substance abuse care through various services that include:
- Psycho-social therapies
- Psychiatric rehabilitation
- Dietary and nutrition management
Nursing Facility Patient Safety Concerns
The annual star rating summary updated and released by www.Medicare.gov indicates that Albany Care maintains an overall five out of five star rating (much above average) when compared to facilities nationwide. This includes a four out of five stars for health inspections, and five out of five stars for quality measures.
However, the Evanston nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found filed complaints and resident safety concerns involving Albany Care. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Implement Social Service Interventions to Identify Inappropriate Sexual Behavior:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/21/2011 a complaint investigation was opened concerning the facility’s failure “to implement social service interventions to assist the identified inappropriate sexual behavior of [a resident].” This is in response to the nurses notes dated 5/15/11 noting that a resident “was observed offering money for sexual favors.” In addition, the same resident was “observed entering into other residents rooms without permission” and was “interacting with female staff inappropriately.”
On a date a few days later, the resident was “involved in a physical altercation with a female resident asking female peer for sexual favor” and was “noted as pulling a female peer into a closet and presented pornographic materials and asked the female resident to look at it.” And “asked female peer to perform sexual favor for money, after female resident refused [the resident] was noted to continually ask for sexual favors for money.”
- Failure to Prevent Physical Abuse of a Resident:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/29/2010 during an annual licensure and certification survey, a notation was made that the facility “failed to prevent the physical abuse of [a resident]. This is in response to an interview and record review indicating that the facility “did not implement their abuse prohibition program or perform a risk assessment on the [Identified Offender] which resulted in [the injured resident] being taken to the hospital with 3 fractured ribs, 4 fractured lumbar vertebrae and 1 collapsed lung after being assaulted by [the identified resident offender].”
The assault occurring on 8/14/2010 involve the attacker and another resident who indicated “he beat me with his fists of steel. He threw me across the room into the bathroom. I was unconscious. After I woke up, I went back to bed. I didn’t tell anyone because I was afraid that he would hit me again.”
The facility’s assistant administrator, corporate staff and clinical director received notification of the Immediate Jeopardy at Albany Care, which placed every resident, staff member and visitor in harm’s way. Contraband was later discovered in the offender’s resident room which included an exacto-knife, iron and shaving razor.
Evanston Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys
If you, or loved one, have been harmed, injured, abused or sexually attacked while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois, including Albany Care, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our legal team of Evanston nursing home abuse attorneys can stop the assault and abuse immediately. Our efforts can thwart any future attacks and hold those legally responsible for your harm financially accountable for your damages.
We encourage you to call our law offices now at (888) 424-5757 or contact us through our online chat rooms to speak with a legal representative. We accept abuse, neglect and sexual attack cases on contingency. This means you will receive immediate legal representation, advice and counsel without the need of paying upfront fees.