Every allegation or incident of abuse that occurs in a nursing facility must be reported to the Illinois State Agency within 24 hours, and a follow-up final report sent when completed. Any failure to do so is in violation of state and federal government nursing home regulations. Unfortunate, many Administrators and nursing facilities failed to take appropriate measures to investigate and report any incident of verbal, physical, sexual or emotional abuse when it occurs in their nursing home. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were abused or mistreated at Illinois nursing facilities like Aledo Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center to stop the harm and assist them in seeking financial compensation.
Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
The Center is an 80-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Medicare/Medicaid-approved nursing facility providing services to residents of Aledo and Mercer County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
304 SW. 12th Street
Aledo, IL 61231
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center provides skilled nursing care, memory care, Alzheimer’s care and their Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Aledo Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can gather information from Medicare.gov including a historical list of all safety concerns, health violations, opened investigations and filed complaints of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every nursing home in the community provides its residents.
Currently, Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available rating in the Medicare star rating analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes two out of five stars for health inspections, quality measures, and staffing concerns. The Mercer County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Allegations of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/22/2015, a state investigator noted a deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "report an allegation of verbal abuse to the State Agency.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Aledo Rehab and Health Care Center affected one resident at the facility.
The investigator’s findings included a signed 09/15/2015 Investigation of Possible Neglect/Abuse that documents that a resident “reported to [The facility Administrator] that the [Social Services Director] yelled at [the resident].” It was noted that “this report does not include any documentation of the State Agency being notified regarding this alleged verbal abuse.”
As a part of the investigation, the resident stated at 9:30 AM on 09/22/2015 that seven days earlier “on 09/15/2015, [the Social Services Director] yelled at me and told me I could not keep my door closed.” The Social Services Director also “talks to me like I am a child that does wrong.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator in the late morning of 09/22/2015 who stated: “I did not follow the facility policy in regards to reporting to the State Agency an alleged verbal abuse.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies on Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/22/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “follow their Abuse Prevention Policy in regards to external reporting of potential abuse.” The deficient practice affected one resident at the facility in the incident documented above. The investigator noted that the facility’s undated abuse prevention program That Facility Policy reads in part:
“The State Agency should be notified not later than 24 hours after forming the suspicion of neglect or abuse, and a final five-day final investigation report should be sent to the State Agency with the conclusion of the abuse allegation.”
Failure to Ensure Residents Remain Free of Unauthorized Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/09/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "identify, obtain an order, obtain a consent, have a plan of reduction for restraints for [two residents at the facility] reviewed for restraints.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to have a medical justification or plan of reduction in place for a restraint for [one resident].”
The investigator reviewed a resident’s 01/29/2015 Physical Restraint Assessment that reads in part that the resident “uses side rails for diagnosis of seizures [...and that the resident] has not had any active seizure activity, therefore, padded side rails are not needed… Side rails do not restrict movement.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s current 01/31/2015 Physical Restraint Care Plan does not document a “plan of reduction for the use of the bilateral side rails.”
Aledo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of mistreatment or abuse while a patient at Aledo Rehabilitation and Health Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Illinois nursing home attorneys can assist you in seeking financial recompense for your loved one’s damages.
We encourage you to contact our Mercer area elder abuse law office today by calling 888 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free full case review. We accept all nursing home abuse and mistreatment cases through contingency fee agreements, so no upfront fees are necessary.