Many families have no other choice than to place their loved one in a long-term care home to ensure they receive the highest level of care in a protected environment. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide their residents the level of service they deserve. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent abused and injured residents of Illinois long-term care centers like Kreider Ashton Terrace to ensure their rights are protected.
Kreider Ashton Terrace
This Home is a 16-certified-bed Long-Term Care (LTC) Center providing cares and services to residents of Ashton and Lee County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Facility is located at:
307 Allen St.
Ashton, Illinois 61006
Ashton Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing home in the state can be viewed on government-run database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH—ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies regularly update the list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations on facilities statewide.
The Lee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Maintain a Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/29/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “ensure three allegations of abuse and neglect reported during interviews during the survey process were reported to the administrative staff.” The state investigator also noted the facility’s failure to “ensure to allegations of known abuse and neglect reported to the Public Health, affecting 12 clients who reside in the facility.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 01/15/2016 Behavior Program that documented that revealed the resident apostates “target behaviors of destructiveness, the inappropriate wearing of clothing, wandering, taking others belongings, and aggression.” The document also revealed that the resident’s “potential reinforces are music, socks, and stuffed animals, among others. The program does not dictate to remove items that [the resident] prefers (such as socks in small stuffed animals) as part of his program plan.”
A Direct Care Staff Member at the facility told the surveyor on 04/22/2016 that “he heard that staff takes socks and toys (small bears) away from [the resident].” The Direct Care Staff (DCS) Member also stated that another DCS Member “told him that she took away [the resident’s] bears, but told [the Assistant Administrator/Quality Intellectual Disability Professional] about it, so she is aware.”
The DCS member also stated “that he himself never took things away from [the resident and was] asked if he reported this information to his supervisor.” The DCS member stated “that he did not [...and] said he did not directly observe it, just heard about it from [the other DCS], so he did not report it. He stated [the Assistant Administrator] is already aware.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator and Assistant Administrator on 04/26/2016. Both were asked “if they had any staff report to them that staff is suspecting that some staff person is taking socks and small stuffed toys away from [the resident].” Both administrators “stated that no staff had reported to either of them this allegation [...and that the Assistant Administrator] stated that she was aware that for short time [the resident’s] bear was missing, and that staff found the bear and another client’s room. But no staff told her or alleged that another staff person took the bear away and hid it from [the resident].”
Both administrators “stated that they would begin to investigate this allegation, now that they are aware.”
- Failure to Ensure There Is At Least One Direct Care Staff Member in the Facility to Provide Protection, Cares, and Services to the Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/29/2016, it was noted that a telephone interview was conducted with a Direct Care Staff Member on 04/22/2016. The staff member indicated that “when he was coming into work”, another DCS “was outside in the parking lot, digging for night crawlers, instead of being in the facility, watching the clients.” The DCS member who witnessed the event “stated on the night shift, there’s only one person working, so when [the other DCS in charge] left the building to dig for worms, no one would be in the facility to watch the clients.”
A third DCS member stated on the morning of 04/26/2016 that “she did see [the DCS member] out in the parking lot when she was arriving for work one day [...and] confirmed that there is no one in the home watching the clients, because it was the night shift, and there is only one staff member on duty for that shift.”
Ashton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one died prematurely or suffered serious injury while a resident at Kreider Ashton Terrace, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Let our experienced Illinois attorneys represent your family in filing and resolving your claim for compensation against those who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Lee County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your complimentary initial claim evaluation. There is no need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements.