Every incident or allegation involving abuse at an Illinois long-term care facility must be reported immediately to the State Agency followed by a written report mailed within five days. This federal and state regulation ensures that a comprehensive investigation will be conducted and completed by the facility Administrator or their designee to protect the victim from further abuse. Unfortunately, many facilities determine which incidences and allegations of abuse to investigate and which cases are invalid, which is often highly detrimental to the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of abuse who reside in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Broadway Terrace.
This Nursing Center is a 6-certified-bed Home providing services to residents of Chicago Heights and Cook County, Illinois. The LTC Nursing Facility is located at:
Chicago Heights, IL 60411
Chicago Heights LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The Illinois nursing home regulatory agency regularly updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health [ltc.dph.illinois.gov] information contains a historical list of health violations, incident inquiries, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations of each facility in every county.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies, inquiries and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols Concerning Allegations of Resident Theft
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "follow its policy and procedure regarding allegations of another person taking the wallet of an individual with a history of making false allegations regarding his wallet.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s records and the 11/17/2015 Addendum that revealed the resident “has a history of making false allegations that he or others steal his wallet.” The Facility Representative validated on the afternoon of 01/13/2016 that they were “unaware of [the resident’s] allegations and validated that [the resident’s] allegation should have been reported and investigated.”
An interview was conducted on 01/13/2016 with the facility Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) who revealed “that there is no record of the times [the resident] reported to [them] about he/others taking his wallet [...and validated the resident] last made a report to [them] in November 2015.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the staff and Administrator failed to follow the facility’s revised May 2011 policy titled: Facility Policy 5.24 – Investigative Committee, Purpose that reads in part:
“The Investigative Committee shall be responsible for identifying, reviewing and determining if alleged violations of any individual’s rights, including abuse and neglect, have occurred…
The facility Administrator shall report the matter within 24 hours, send a written report within five working days to the individual’s representative and to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)…”
- Failure to Appropriately Change or Monitor Program Involving the Use of a New Medication Designed to Manage Maladaptive Behaviors
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure that Human Rights Committee members were present when they met to review and approve the use of a new medication to address behaviors of [an individual] who uses medication for maladaptive behaviors.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s records that revealed “the individual with the prescription to start Medroxyprogesterone [used only to control pregnancy will be] given by intramuscular shot every three months to decrease behavioral changes around the menstrual cycle.” The action was signed by the Community Support Team consisting of the facility Representative, Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional, Residential Services Director and a Registered Nurse.”
The Facility Representative “validated the 10/20/2015 Meeting did not include the participation of the Community Representative nor the Day Training Representative to review and approve the use of a new medication for [the resident] to manage maladaptive behaviors.”
- Failure to Ensure a Resident’s Drug Regimen Was Free from Unnecessary Medications
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/11/2014, a state investigator noted the deficient practice concerning the nursing home’s failure to “develop a medication reduction plan for [two residents] who receive a behavior-altering medication.”
The state investigator review two residents’ medical records where both residents received an antipsychotic medication twice daily and at bedtime. The state investigator noted that “there is no evidence of a reduction plan for the use of the medication” which was confirmed by the Facility Representative.
Chicago Heights Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe that your loved one suffered serious injury or harm while a resident at Broadway Terrace, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable Chicago Heights attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved.
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