The staff at nursing facilities are legally bound to report any incident or allegation of neglect or mistreatment of the residents in accordance with state and federal nursing home regulations. Any failure to report the incident in a timely manner could place the health and well-being of the abused resident, or any other resident, in immediate jeopardy. Unfortunately, the Roanoke elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home residents who have been mistreated by their caregivers or other residents at the facility.
Not every form of abuse occurring in nursing facilities is physical. Often times, a resident can be victimized through verbal words, humiliation, intimidation or other non-physical assault. To ensure their safety, the nursing staff is required to report any allegation of abuse or an actual witnessing of the abuse to their Administrator immediately.Apostolic Christian Home
Apostolic Christian home is a 60-certified bed non-profit church -related Medicare/Medicaid-participating facility providing nursing services to residents of Roanoke and Woodford County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
1102 West Randolph
Roanoke, Illinois 61561
Services provided by Apostolic Christian Home include:
- Skilled nursing care
- Rehabilitation therapies for outpatients and inpatients
- Senior living options including duplexes, apartments, and a skilled nursing facility
On a routine basis, the federal government and the state of Illinois update the databases in an effort to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns at every nursing home in the United States. The updated information is posted on various websites including Medicare.gov through its star rating summary system and comparative analysis tools used by many families make the best decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled nursing care.
Currently, Apostolic Christian Home – Roanoke maintains an overall five out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, four out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for health concerns. However, our Roanoke nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents in a Timely Manner
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/21/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "immediately report and investigate an allegation of resident to resident abuse to the Administrator.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to notify the State Agency” that directly affected two residents at the facility.
The failure was first noted in the facility’s 01/09/2016 Progress Note for a resident that documented the resident “was inappropriate to another resident in the dining room, calling her a ‘stupid b----‘. A dietary staff member overheard and immediately told resident that such language was inappropriate.” The Progress Note indicated that the staff “will monitor [the] resident for behaviors.
The state investigator noted that according to the facility’s fax transmission record for the state agency was notified on 01/11/2016, two days after the initial 01/09/2016 abuse allegation. During an interview with the facility’s Administrator 1:45 PM on 01/20/2015, the Administrator that they are “to be notified immediately of any abuse allegation that is made [...and stated that they were instead] notified on 01/11/2016 of [the resident’s] abuse allegations and should have been notified [2 days earlier on] 01/09/2016 when [the abused resident] originally made the allegation.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Mistreatment, Abuse or Neglect of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/21/2016, state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow their Abuse Policy and Procedure by not reporting immediately to the Administrator or the State Agency” once the nursing staff had recognized that resident to resident abuse had occurred.
The state investigator noted the failure after interviewing the facility’s Director of Nursing on 01/20/2016 stated that the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in charge or reporting the incident “did not report [the resident’s] verbal abuse allegation of [another resident to the] Administrator on 01/09/2015 because [the LPN] thought it was just [the resident’s] behavior. The facility’s 08/04/2015 Abuse Policy and Procedure documents in part that:
“Any administrator, agent, or employee of a long-term care facility has knowledge that the resident has been subjected to abuse or neglect, they should immediately report the allegation to the Administrator, at any time of the day or night. This policy also documents within 24 hours after the occurrence, allegations of abuse, neglect, and misappropriations of funds IDPH Tentative Report Form shall be sent to the Department of Public Health.”
If you believe your loved one has become the victim of abuse while residing at any Illinois nursing, including Apostolic Christian Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action to stop the harm now. Our Woodford County elder abuse attorneys have access to every resource needed to begin an investigation, gather evidence and speak to eyewitnesses to build a case for the financial compensation your family deserves.
We urge you to contact our Roanoke Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation, free consultation. We accept every nursing home neglect and abuse case on contingency to avoid the need of you paying any upfront fee.