Resident-to-resident assault happens all too often in Illinois long-term care facilities, especially when there is minimal ongoing supervision and monitoring by a competent staff. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide an adequate number of staff members or fail to train their caregivers to develop and maintain a safe environment for everyone. The abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated, abused, and injured patients residing at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers including Boyd Avenue Home.
Boyd Avenue Home
This Nursing Center is a long-term care 6-certified-bed Facility providing services to residents of Amboy and Lee County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
110 S. Boyd Ave.
Amboy, IL 61310
Amboy LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH -- ltc.dph.illinois.gov) database system for a complete list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints, incident inquiries and health violations. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance.
The Lee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed incidents, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Safe Environment Free of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/06/2015, the state investigator noted during an inspection of care that the facility failed to “report three instances in which [the resident] hit or threatened to hit his peers… and two clients… who also live in the home.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the 01/03/2015 Facility Data Sheet revealing that one resident “has a moderate intellectual disability”, two other residents “have severe intellectual disabilities… [and a fourth resident] has a profound intellectual disability.”
A review of the facility’s Incident Reports “for the past year, three [incidents] that involve peer-to-peer aggression had no notation that they had been reported to Public Health.” These incidences involve:
- On 03/03/2015 – A resident “swung his fist at peers while on the way back to work on the van (this form did not identify the specific peers).”
- On 03/17/2015 – A resident “tried to hit his peers with a hat while they were on the bus (did not identify specific clients).”
- On 02/28/2015 – A resident hit another resident “in his head with his (the aggressive resident’s) hat.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) in the early afternoon of 10/06/2015 who said “regarding the first two incidences above, [the resident] did not come in contact with his peers.” The QIDP confirmed “that the forms did not contain identifying information [...and] also said she didn’t have any excuse for the 02/28/2015 incident (it slipped through).” The facility was reminded that they:
“Must ensure that all allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse, as well as injuries of unknown source, are reported immediately to the Administrator or to other officials in accordance with State law through established procedures.”
- In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/22/2014, the state investigator noted during an incident report investigation that the facility failed to “develop and implement written policies and procedures that prohibit mistreatment, neglect or abuse.” The failure of the nursing staff involved one resident “was the recipient of [a resident’s] inappropriate behavior.”
The deficient practice involved a 62-year-old profoundly deaf man with a severe intellectual disability who is also diagnosed with auditory and visual hallucinations. The investigator reviewed the facility’s 03/22/2014 Incident/Accident Report stating that a Direct Support Person (DSP) “was assisting a client in the bathroom and she heard a client in the living room saying ‘stop it’ than the client came to the bathroom and said to her [the resident’s name].”
Upon entering the room, the DSP saw one resident holding another resident’s “wrist and was holding [the resident’s] and onto [the assaulting resident’s] penis” who “had his pants undone.” The DSP then states that the victim “had a terrified look on his face, so she removed [the victim] from the situation and escorted him to the bathroom to wash his hands.” The DSP then described the aggressive resident’s anger “when asked to go to his bedroom and [began to throw] things in his room.
Amboy Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a resident at Boyd Avenue Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Amboy attorneys represent clients with victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our lawyers can help your family successfully resolve your financial recompense case against all 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 an initial, complimentary recompense claim evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront retainer or payment to receive legal services immediately. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning your case at trial or negotiating an out of court settlement.