In accordance with state law, any form of physical, mental or verbal abuse against the patient in a nursing facility must be reported in a timely manner to the County Board or State Agency. Any failure to investigate or report an incident or allegation of abuse could place the health and well-being of the resident an additional jeopardy. Unfortunately, not every facility follows procedures and protocols when handling cases of abuse. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented patients who were abused while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Clayberg Nursing Home.
Clayberg Nursing Home
This Center is a ‘for-profit’ 49-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing facility providing services to residents of Cuba and Fulton County, Illinois. The nursing home is located at:
625 East Monroe Street
Cuba, Il 61427
Cuba Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois and the federal government regularly update their nursing home database system with complete details of all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations. The search results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Clayberg Nursing Home maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary system compared to all other nursing homes nationwide. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, three out of five stars for health inspections and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Fulton County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility including:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/23/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "ensure that one resident was free from verbal abuse.” This failure by the nursing staff “resulted in [the resident] being verbally abused by the facility Administrator and being fearful of the Administrator.” The deficient practice by the Administrator affected a cognitively intact resident “without behavioral issues or memory loss.”
At approximately 10:00 AM in the morning on 02/17/2016, a resident stated that the Administrator “had recently yelled at her when she questioned some charges from the beauty shop that were listed on her Resident Trust Account [...and stated the Administrator] yelled at her and that wasn’t right [...and] stated she was scared when [the Administrator] yelled at her and is still scared of [the Administrator].”
During the interview, the resident “was still unable to recall the exact date of the incident but stated ‘[the Administrator] yelled at me when I asked about the money and it was hurtful… She spoke to me so rough’. The resident also stated that [the Administrator] “can be hard on us. I don’t like [the Administrator] to talk to me or anyone in that tone of voice. If she [the Administrator] is going to speak to me that way, she shouldn’t do that job.” The resident also stated that she “certainly felt the way [the Administrator] spoke to her was abusive.”
As a part of the state investigation, a Licensed Practical Nurse stated that seven days previously, she, a visitor and a Registered Nurse “were at the nurse’s station and they observed [the resident] propel her wheelchair into the Administrator’s office [...and] stated she heard the Administrator yelling at the resident ‘you’re just here to argue about money aren’t you?’” The visitor who had observed the incident stated “it was an uncomfortable situation. It sounded bad” and described the Administrator’s tone as “mean.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator failed to follow the facility’s 03/06/2014 Abuse Prevention, Identification and Reporting Program Policy and Procedure that reads in part:
“Verbal abuse is the use of oral, written or gestured language that willfully includes disparaging derogatory terms to residents… The facility makes every effort to provide a resident a sensitive and secure environment.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation of Abuse to the State Agency
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/23/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "ensure the Administrator investigate an allegation of verbal abuse by the Social Services Director toward [a resident and failure to] ensure that an allegation of verbal abuse by the Administrator toward the resident was immediately reported to the County Board and investigated.”
The actions by the Administrator at the facility failed to follow the facility’s abuse policy that reads in part:
“Employees are required to immediately report any occurrences of potential and/or actual abuse or mistreatment they observe, hear about, or suspect to the Administrator [who] shall ensure the media initiation of an investigation.”
Cuba Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured or harmed while residing at Clayberg Nursing Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC. Our Cuba seasoned attorneys provide legal representation to nursing home residents who have been mistreated, neglected or abused. Our legal team has years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
We urge you to contact our Fulton County elder abuse law office at 888 424-5757. Schedule your appointment today to speak with one of our experienced lawyers for your free full case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee agreements.