Any incident or allegation of abuse occurring in an Illinois long-term care Center must be thoroughly investigated and reported, even if there is conclusive evidence the incident never occurred. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow these procedures and protocols, which could put the health and well-being of the victim in immediate jeopardy. The abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who have been abused or mistreated by caregivers or other residents while residing at Illinois long-term care centers (LTC) like Casa Willis.
This Nursing Home is a ‘for profit’ Long-Term Care Center providing services to residents of Sterling and Whiteside County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
910 Woodburn Avenue
Sterling, Illinois 61081
Sterling LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of [hygiene assistance and skilled health care.
The Whiteside County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed numerous violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Incident or Allegation Involving Sexual Abuse of a Female Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/09/2013, the state investigator noted during an inspection of care that the facility failed to ensure that "all allegations of abuse are reported immediately in accordance with State Law established procedures.” In addition, the investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.”
The failures of the facility involve a 27-year-old female resident who was diagnosed with Seizure Disorder and Hyperhidrosis and is functioning “in the Moderate Range.”
An interview was conducted by the facility’s Administrator on 02/14/2012 with the female resident. The Administrator stated, “last night when you came home, you told [a Staff Day Trainer] something, can you tell me?" The resident replied that there is “a boy at work that plays with her." The Administrator asked, “when did that happen?" The female resident responded “at break time" saying that the boy “lives in one of the group homes.”
The Administrator asked how she reacted “to the touch.” The female resident replied that “she likes it." However, when the administrator asked if the touching was inappropriate, the resident replied “Yes.”
The Facility Representative was interviewed and asked “if any staff or clients were interviewed in regards to the allegation of the inappropriate touch.” The Represented replied that the interviews were not conducted “due to [the resident] stating it did not occur.” The investigator was not provided “any documentation of a thorough investigation as to the allegation of the inappropriate touch of [the resident] by a boy that plays with her.”
The Facility Representative stated on the morning of January 2013 that “when asked if this allegation of inappropriate touching was reported to the Public Health, they replied, “it was not reported due to [the resident] stating that it did not happen.”
- Failure to Investigate All Allegations Involving Violations
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/28/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to ensure that “all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.” The failure involved a resident diagnosed with scoliosis and cerebral palsy who functions “in the Moderate Range of Intellectual Disability.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 10/10/2015 Observation Report indicating that a resident “was telling that on Wednesday that [another resident] was touching her leg and was looking at her and [a third resident].” The incident was not liked by the resident who “also said she said something to [the facility trainer] on that day [...and] also asked if she had to be friends with [the resident who was touching her leg].
Individuals documenting the event told the touching resident “to please keep her hands to herself” and had made that statement “plenty of times before.” The resident indicated that the [touching resident] was touching her private part [...and] was told to leave [the resident] alone and again to keep her hands to herself.”
The investigator noted that “there was no interview of [the facility trainer] and no other investigation of the 10/10/2014 incident available.” The facility was reminded that they must “have evidence that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.”
Sterling Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have suspicions that your loved one was sexually assaulted or harmed while residing at Casa Willis, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our knowledgeable Sterling attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against every party who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Whiteside County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means all payments for our legal fees are made only after we have successfully resolved your case in a jury trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.