Abuse and neglect by caregivers and other residents occurring in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities are common occurrences, especially in centers that lack adequately trained staff members and/or from insufficient staff to provide ongoing monitoring and supervision. The abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent mistreated patients who reside at Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Brauns Terrace.
This facility is a ‘for profit’ 16-certified-bed Nursing Center providing cares and services to residents of Greenville and Bond County, Illinois. The LTC Home is located at:
1115 E. Washington St.
Greenville, IL 62246
Greenville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be viewed through the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – [ltc.dph.illinois.gov]) nursing home database that details every health violation, safety concern, filed complaint, incident inquiry and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
The Bond County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have located numerous violations, inquiries, safety concerns and deficiencies at this LTC home including:
- Failure to Ensure That a Resident’s Drug Regimen Is Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/23/2016, the state investigator noted during an inspection of care that the facility failed “to identify and ensure a gradual withdrawal of drugs used for behavior control at least annually.” The deficient practice involved a 64-year-old resident diagnosed with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities, Depression, and Anxiety.
The resident’s Individualized Service Plan (ISP) stated that the resident “receives the medication Zoloft daily for maladaptive behaviors related to anxiety that disrupts his daily life/routine.”
According to the resident’s 01/21/2016 Human Rights Committee (HRC) and Individual Service Plan/ISP minutes, the resident “began receiving Zoloft 50 milligrams by 01/31/2015.” The resident’s March 2016 MAR (Medication Administration Record) and 01/21/2016 Behavior Management Minutes failed to “specify any medication reduction or attempt to reduction of the behavior-modifying medication.
On 03/23/2016, the Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) at the facility confirmed that the resident “did not have a medication reduction since January 2015 and the team had planned to reduce the medications when [the resident’s] new physician reviews the current criteria.” The staff member also indicated that “there was no reproducible evidence to support the holding of an annual reduction or attempt to reduce.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Environment Free of Abuse And/or Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/04/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "have reproducible evidence that all allegations are thoroughly investigated for possible allegations of abuse and/or neglect.” The deficient practice affected one resident at the facility.
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a 11/05/2014 letter sent to Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The letter stated “Please allow this letter to serve as notification of the staff (no staff stated) to resident physical contact that was reported to [the facility Administrator on that evening] by a Direct Support Person (DSP) on 11/05/2014.”
On the evening stated in the letter, the resident “reported to a DSP at the residential home that another DSP at Date Training shoved [the resident].” The resident told the DSP that “he was sleeping at work when the Direct Support Person said ‘you better get to work or you won’t have any money’.” The resident stated “he smarted off to the DSP and the DSP shoved him [...and] stated he did not tell anyone at the Day Training.”
The facility staff member “reported the incident to the Day Training Coordinator at 9:15 PM on 11/05/2014.” A review of the facility’s 11/07/2014 Safety Committee report “noted the facility committee reviewed the letter sent to IDPH and noted the staff member from the Day Training was removed from client contact and [the resident] was examined by a nurse with no reports of pain or discomfort.”
During an interview with the facility Administrator on 02/02/2014, it was confirmed that the incident had occurred but stated “there was no neglect/abuse involving the incident [...and the Administrator was unable to reproduce] evidence that the alleged incident was thoroughly investigated, appropriate actions implemented in all revenant information was obtained and considered with final outcome stated based on the facility being unable to determine if the internal investigations reviewed all staff and [the resident’s] and unidentified individual statements and finding/recommendations.”
Greenville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at Brauns Terrace, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Greenville LTC home attorneys have represented clients in victim cases that involve abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We urge you to contact our Bond County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a complimentary, no-obligation initial recompense claim evaluation. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.