Any physical assault involving Illinois long-term care residents perpetrated by caregivers cannot be tolerated. Even so, cases involving physical, mental and emotional abuse occur all the time, which is often highly detrimental to the health and well-being of the victim. Many cases involving neglect and abuse go unreported and unnoticed because families and friends often fail to see the signs of mistreatment. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent abused, neglected, mistreated and injured residents of Illinois long-term care homes like Clearbrook Center to ensure their rights are protected.
This LTC Home is a 85-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Rolling Meadows and Cook County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Facility is located at:
3201 West Campbell Street
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
This Home is part of the Clearbrook Health Care System, providing personalized clinical and residential services to children and adults throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.
Rolling Meadows Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations and safety concerns 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 information to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled health care and hygiene assistance.
The Cook County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations 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 10/04/2016, the state investigator revealed during an incident investigation that the facility failed “to ensure clients were free from abuse and neglect.” The failure of the nursing staff involved a resident “who was allegedly slap in the face by a Direct Care Staff (DCS) member.”
The investigator also noted the facility’s failure to ensure that “clients were free from abuse and neglect” after a resident “was witnessed being slapped on the right cheek by a Direct Care Staff [member] on 09/05/2016." It was documented that “the allegation of abuse was reported immediately to the Administrator [...and] the allegation of abuse was thoroughly investigated [...and] the potential for further abuse was not prevented when the accused abuser remained in contact with [the resident] for 5 to 10 minutes after the witnessed abuse.”
The investigator noted that “staff were trained annually [and] were retrained on their Abuse and Neglect Policy, ensuring staff are aware abuse will not be tolerated, any witness or suspected abuse needs to be reported to the Administrator immediately, further potential abuse needs to be prevented while the investigation is in progress, and appropriate corrective action must be taken."
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocol to Prevent Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/04/2016, a notation was made by the state investigator of the home's failure to “follow its policy and procedure to prevent abuse [involving] one allegation of abuse [that was] reviewed, affecting one resident.”
An observation was made of a resident on the afternoon of 09/14/2016 “in the multipurpose room.” The resident “was observed to be up in ambulating. When asked the question, [the resident] did not respond, but when requested by staff to follow direction, [the resident] was able to do so.”
The facilities 09/04/2016 Injury Report stated that a registered nurse “walked into the Redcap TV Room, and upon entering the room witnessed a staff member [a Direct Care Staff Member] reach out and slap [the resident] on his left cheek of his face/upper body.” The resident “was assessed and has no bruising, discoloration or signs of injury. Facial expressions of movements are at baseline [...and the Staff Member] was placed on administrative leave.
However, at the end of the investigation, it was concluded that the action of the staff member was not abusive. But the state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s revised September 2015 policy titled: Abuse and Neglect Policy that reads in part:
“Under no circumstances shall any abuse or neglect of a client be tolerated… Any person witnessing, hearing about or observing evidence of abuse or neglect of a client must report it immediately to the Administrator or the Administrator’s designee.”
“Abuse is defined as any physical or mental injury or sexual assault inflicted on a resident other than by accidental means in the facility…”
Rolling Meadows Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was injured or harmed while a patient at Clearbrook Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Allow our seasoned Rolling Meadows attorneys to file your claim for compensation against every party responsible for causing harm to your loved one. Our years of experience can ensure a successful financial resolution to make sure your family receives the financial recompense they deserve.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive recompense claim evaluation. 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. 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.