Sexual assault occurring in Illinois long-term care facilities continues to be a serious problem, especially when the Administrator and nursing staff fail to take appropriate measures in investigating and reporting the incidents. These failures by the facility can lead to repeated assaults by caregivers and other residents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abused, injured or sexually assaulted patients residing at Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Clyde L Choate Health and Development Center.
Clyde L Choate Health and Development Center
This Facility is a ‘for profit’ Long Term Care Center providing services to residents of Anna and Union County, Illinois. The 285-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
1000 North Main Street
Anna, Illinois 62906
Anna LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the services and care that every long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Illinois routinely updates their comprehensive list of opened investigations, filed complaints, incident inquiries, safety concerns and health violations of Homes statewide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-run home.
The Union County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols in Reporting and Responding Appropriately to an Allegation of Sexual Assault
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/24/2016, the state investigator noted during an incident investigation of the facility failed “to ensure [a resident] did not have a need for programming to be implemented when they failed to reassess [their] sexual expression after an allegation of sexual abuse.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s 03/15/2016 Unit Roster revealing that the 49-year-old female resident “functions at a Mile Level of Intellectual Disability.”
The facility’s 03/05/2016 Significant Event Report revealed that “at approximately 3:20 PM, on … 03/15/2016, [the resident] approached [the writer] in front of the gym and stated that an employee… entered her bedroom on the midnight shift and was sexual with her. She [the resident] said he touched her sexually." The writer “asked her if she had notified security to which she replied ‘No’, but indicated he had told her lead workers, but nobody wanted to do anything about what happened, and if [the resident] told security that a doctor would have to be called to check sh**out." The employee documenting the incident “told her to reported anyway."
A review of the facility’s 03/05/2016 Injury Report revealed that there were “no injuries or bruising noted to [her] bilateral breast or genital areas upon examination done by the physician.” During the investigation process, two staff members (both mental health technicians) were removed from contact with individuals [they] served on 03/05/2016."
During the investigation, the resident stated that an employee “came into [her] room last night and woke [her] up” and took covers off from her bed and asked the resident if she “was naked.” The resident stated that the male employee “said don’t tell nobody (sic) about this. He looked out in the hall and touched [her breasts] and ‘right here’ [pointing to her vagina]."
The interviewer asked when this occurred and the resident responded “on the night shift. One o’clock or something like that.” The resident was asked if she yelled or said stop. The resident responded “No. Why? He told me to stay quiet and don’t say nothing.”
The state investigator conducted an interview with the Public Service Administrator on 03/22/2016 stated “we noted on this morning meeting minutes that [the resident’s] sexual assessment dated 09/10/2015 was reviewed and due to the fact that she did not have any deficits, we did not implement programming. We just make sure [the resident] was aware of the reporting process.”
It was noted that the facility “failed to reassess [the resident] and ensure [the resident] did not have a decline in her sexual expression skills and did not have a need for programming to be implemented after [the resident] alleged [an employee at the facility] had sexually assaulted her in a peer’s room." The resident’s “interview statements documents [the resident] stated she did not call out for help during the alleged event.”
Anna Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one was victimized by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at Clyde L Choate Health and Development Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Anna nursing home attorneys have represented clients with victim cases involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. We can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We encourage you to contact our Union County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.