By law, every long-term care facility must provide the highest level of care to each resident and immediately report any injury or harm involving abuse, neglect or mistreatment to the facility’s Administrator and Illinois State Agencies. Any failure to do so is in violation of laws and regulations. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers follow established procedures and protocols, which can be highly detrimental to abused, neglected or mistreated residents.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to mistreated victims who reside at Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Davies Square.
This Nursing Home is a Long-Term Care Center providing services to residents of Pekin and Tazewell County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
1817 Crescent Drive
Pekin, IL 61554
Pekin LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each long-term care facility in the state can be obtained on government-run websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, and incident inquiries on nursing homes statewide.
The Tazewell County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols That Do Not Abuse or Neglect Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/04/2016, the state investigator noted during an incident investigation that the facility failed “to ensure Direct Care Staff (DCS) notify the Administrator to incidences in a timely manner." The failures involved individuals in the facility who:
- “ Received a burn to the fingers when lifting the lid on the stove"
- “Remained in a wheelchair all night.”
One deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 05/11/2015 Individual Service Plan (ISP) revealing that the resident “functions in the mild range of Intellectual Disabilities and is her own guardian.” The documentation also revealed that the resident “is on a behavior program for negative thinking and attention seeking behaviors.”
The investigator reviewed the individual 7:30 AM 02/21/2016 Progress Note stating that a Direct Service Person (DSP) documented that the resident “told her on 02/20/2016 that [the resident] went to the kitchen to the stove and lifted the lid on the pot and steamed her thumb and first finger.” In response, the DSP “put ice on her fingers" on the resident’s affected “right thumb and two fingers.”
In a statement, the DSP said that “he stepped outside to assist [the resident] and left vegetables cooking on the stove.” He could “see the stove area from the window outside" but “did not see [the resident] go to the kitchen or near the stove.” The investigator noted that “there is no evidence that the Direct Care Staff reported the incident to the Administrator until the next day.”
A separate incident was noted in the facility’s 02/24/2016 Progress Notes documenting that between 12:15 AM and 12:30 AM, a Direct Service Person (DSP) checked on a resident and noticed that the resident “was not in bed as she thought when she first checked her." The DSP stated that the resident “was in her wheelchair and [the DSP] was unable to adjust the sling under [the resident] to put her into bed.”
As a part of the facility’s investigation, the Facility Representative stated that the resident “was up in her wheelchair all night" between 12:30 AM and 6:40 AM. The investigator noted that “there is no evidence that this incident was reported to the Administrator prior to 6:40 AM."
An interview was conducted with the DSP who stated that “she works the 11:30 PM to 9:30 AM” shift. After finding the resident in the wheelchair, she “stated she was unable to position the sling under [the resident] correctly to use the lift [...and] then brought [the resident] to the living room and checked her frequently all night long and positioned the wheelchair.”
An interview was conducted with the resident’s roommate a few days later who stated that “when she went to bed around 9:30 PM, [that night, the resident] was still up in her wheelchair sleep [...and] stated that she did not tell anyone that [the resident] was still up.”
The state investigator noted that the facility, Administrator, and staff members fail to follow protocols established by federal and state nursing home regulations. One protocol includes:
“The facility must ensure that all allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse, as well as injuries of unknown source, reported immediately to the Administrator or other officials in accordance with State law through established procedures.”
Pekin Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family believe your spouse, parent or grandparent has suffered injuries or harm while residing at Davies Square, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our Pekin attorneys have represented clients who have been abused, mistreated or neglected by caregivers and other residents at their long-term care facility.
We encourage you to contact our Tazewell County area nursing home law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.