Many parents place their loved one in a long-term care home trusting that they will receive the highest level of hygiene assistance and nursing care. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to properly train their direct care staff members to ensure they follow procedures, protocols and the resident’s Plan of Care, which can be detrimental to the resident’s health. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent many residents of Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Bellefontaine Place who have suffered harm or injury caused by the negligent actions of their caregivers.
This Center is a ‘for profit’ facility providing services and cares to residents of Waterloo and Monroe County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
98 Deborah Ln.
Waterloo, IL 62298
Waterloo Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be reviewed through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH -- ltc.dph.illinois.gov) nursing home database that details every opened investigation, safety concern, filed complaint, incident inquiry, and health violation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care LTC homes in their community provide their residents.
The Monroe County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Adequately Train the Staff to Provide Cares and Services
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/05/2014, a complaint investigation was opened for the facility’s failure to "Ensure the staff are trained to perform their duties efficiently and competently when staff failed to provide the identified supervision level for [a resident] who had an incident of physical aggression while in the community.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facilities 05/20/2014 ISP/Individual Service Plan that identified the resident “as a 24-year-old individual [who] functions at the Severe level of Intellectual Disability.” The document also revealed the resident suffered from various diagnoses of “intermittent explosive disorder and psychotic disorder.”
In addition, the document states that “on community outings, two staff are required to go when [the resident] goes, because she requires a little more one-on-one with staff especially on outings that are a little more crowded than others such as [to] the library.” The resident “will hit, kick, stripped her clothes off, yell/scream, throw items such as her shoes, coloring books, and hangers at any given point in time when asked to do some if she does not want to do.”
The resident’s 12/27/2014, 7:15 PM Behavior Progress Notes stated that “at the local community fair, she [the resident] wanted to ride the baby rides. Told her she’s too big.” In response, the resident threw “shoes at kids, hit [another resident who] hit and pulled her hair back. (Grabbed) staff, hit, tore clothes, tried to bite. Two cops helped get her under control.”
The resident’s Progress Note summarizes the resident “had behaviors at the entrance of the community fair and hit [another resident] who hit [the resident] back and pulled [the resident’s] hair.” The report also indicates that the resident “had scratches on her face and the left side of her head [...and] had a small amount of missing hair.”
A review of the resident’s Individual Service Plan indicates that the resident’s mother “express concerns about taking [her daughter] in large crowds. They don’t take her in crowded places.”
The Direct Support Person interviewed on the afternoon of 08/01/2014 “confirmed that she had taken six individuals on the outing to the fair on 07/27/2014” and confirmed “that she was the only staff present on the outing. When asked if she knew [the resident’s] supervision level while on outings [the staff member replied] ‘I thought that I could handle her’.”
As a part of the investigation, the facility was reminded that they:
“must provide each employee with initial and continuing training that enables the employee to perform his or her duties effectively, efficiently and competently.”
- Failure to Administer Medications in Accordance with Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/05/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "Ensure medications were administered as ordered.” The failure involved a resident “who did not receive his ordered medication.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 01/24/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing the resident was to receive “fiber powder one tablespoon in eight ounces of liquid [taken] by mouth one daily at 4:00 PM to prevent constipation.” In an interview with the Authorized Direct Staff Person it was confirmed that the resident “did not receive his [fiber powder] due to the medication being unavailable to administer.”
Waterloo Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm or injuries while residing at Bellefontaine Place, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. Our seasoned Waterloo attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated, neglected or abused. We have years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation initial claim evaluation. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment and we are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or through a negotiated out-of-court settlement.