Any change in the health and well-being of a resident living in an Illinois long-term care home must be immediately reported to their family and doctors. This notification ensures that the families immediately inform and the physician can provide the medical attention the resident requires to ensure their health and safety. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers follow these procedures and protocols, which is often detrimental to the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals whose rights have been violated while residing at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Chamness Square.
This LTC Home is a 16-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Bourbonnais and Kankakee County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
340 Heritage Drive
Bourbonnais, Illinois 60914
Bourbonnais LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of health violations, filed complaints, safety concerns and opened investigations on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database websites 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 Kankakee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Notify a Resident’s Guardian or Family of a Change in Their Condition Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/14/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “ensure that reproducible documentation of Guardian Notification is available for [an incident] involving four [residents at the facility].”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility 09/07/2016 Progress Notes documenting that at 10:00 PM, a Direct Support Person (DSP) and a coworker [another DSP] “were in the living room folding towels when [they] overheard an argument between [two residents] who were back in the boy’s side of the house.” When the DSP caregivers were asked what the problem was, one resident replied that the other resident “was recording his roommate naked in the bedroom.”
A review of the facility 09/08/2016 Safety Committee Minutes documented the incident stating that one resident had “taken videos of [another resident who was] naked with his electronic tablet device.” At that time, a staff member asked the allegedly recording resident “if she could view the tablet, then the staff skimmed through and saw videos of the male individuals in the bathroom naked, toileting and showering. There were also videos of [one resident] on the toilet and [the recording resident] talking sexually inappropriately to the other male residents…”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s Progress Notes that revealed a note written by the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) stating that the “guardians [were] notified…” As a part of the investigation, the surveyor “asked whose guardians were notified since the progress note only indicates" three residents involved in the incident and not the fourth resident.”
The facility said that they attempted to call their Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) “but unfortunately had no luck in reaching [them].” However, the QIDP “from another home” verified just after noon on 09/14/2016 “that the facility does not have any reproducible evidence to show whose guardians were notified regarding the incident.”
- Failure to Administer Medications in Accordance with Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure the blood pressure was checked in accordance with physician’s orders, before giving an antihypertensive medication.”
An observation was made of the Direct Support Person (DSP) during an afternoon medication pass on 03/01/2016 involving a resident diagnosed with Hypertension and Atrial Fibrillation. Per the resident’s February 2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) and March 2016 MAR (Medication Administration Record) the resident “is to receive her antihypertensive medication only if her blood pressure is over 95/65. The medication and blood pressure check the schedule at 5:00 PM.” However, the DSP gave the resident “her hypertensive medication and then conducted the blood pressure check.”
The Home’s Registered Nurse trainer stated in the late morning of 03/02/2016 “that the blood pressure should have been checked before administering the medication.” The facility was reminded that “the system for drug administration must assure that all drugs, including those that are self-administered, are administered without error.”
Bourbonnais Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was harmed while residing at Chamness Square, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Bourbonnais attorneys have legally represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Kankakee County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.