Many families have no other choice than to place a loved one in a Long-Term Care Center to ensure that they receive the highest level of care and ongoing supervision. Unfortunately, not all facilities provide the utmost care by highly trained staff members. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Carlinville Estates.
This facility is a 16-certified-bed ‘for profit’ LTC Home providing services and cares to residents of Carlinville and Macoupin County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
221 South Plum Street
Carlinville, Illinois 62626
Carlinville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that the long-term care facilities offer in their community, the state of Illinois routinely updates their comprehensive list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of Homes statewide. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-operated facility.
The Macoupin County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers viewed serious deficiencies, violations, hazards and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/18/2015, a formal complaint was opened against the facility for its failure to “implement their system to prevent neglect and abuse for two individuals [at the facility].” The state investigator also noted additional failures that include:
- A failure to “ensure the safety of one individual… who receive burns to her body resulting in hospitalization and a surgical procedure.”
- A failure to “prevent individual abuse for one individual… who was given a non-drinkable liquid [that] the individual drank.”
- A failure to “stop abuse and follow the facility’s Abuse Policy of reporting abuse to management against residents.”
The incident at the facility involved in individual functioning “in the profound level of intellectual disability” with a diagnosis of Compulsive Epilepsy Generalized, Autism, Incontinence Urinary… and other nonspecific Eruptions, and Anxiety. A review of the facility’s 10/31/2014 Annual Interdisciplinary Team Evaluation, it was revealed that the resident “does not shower independently requires assistance to complete… such as washing her body and washing her hair [...and] also requires the use of the shower chair.”
The facility’s 10/24/2015 Incident Report revealed that at 3:40 PM, a Direct Person Staff (DSP) stated “when I arrived at work I was informed [the resident] didn’t seem to be feeling well. I took her vitals (vital signs) and they were within normal range.” The resident “got up to go to the bathroom and I saw [the resident’s] bottom of her shirt in the top of her pants were damp, when [the resident] pulled her pants down to sit on the toilet I saw blisters and skin peeling off of her inner thighs down her inner leg to her calves. I helped [the resident] undress into a gown and slippers and transported her to the local hospital.”
Documents from the local hospital revealed that at 4:35 PM on 10/24/2015 the resident arrived with “a chief complaint of burns” occurring just before arrival that were described “as being red, painful and blisters.” Doctors at the hospital determined 10 percent of the burns were estimated to be second-degree burns located just right of her vagina, vulva, hip, thighs, and knee.” The hospital stated that “from records, we [the hospital] really did not receive an exact story of how the burn occurred.” The document also revealed that the burn “was of second and third degree, very large in the inner thighs and vaginally area.”
After treatment, the resident stayed in the hospital and developed “fevers to 100.7” with a high white blood count (13,000). After conducting a consultation with another hospital, the doctors at the hospital determined to transfer the resident to the local burn center.
The state investigator conducted an interview with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on the afternoon of 10/29/2015 who stated “she was unaware of how [the resident] received her burns, but state that a hot water heater had recently been replaced and the tempering/mixing valve was not replaced at that time.”
The hospital’s Medical Physician stated that “due to the appearance and consistency [it] doesn’t appear as a shower provided the burn, but hot liquid burned the affected area.” The investigator noted that the actions of the staff failed to follow the facility’s abuse policy that states “the resident safety and welfare will be monitored at all times.”
Carlinville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered a serious injury or harm while residing as a patient at Carlinville Estates, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Carlinville attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their long-term care facility.
We encourage you to contact our Macoupin County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive recompense case review. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or win your case at trial.