Any allegation of abuse or neglect occurring in an Illinois long-term care facility must be immediately reported to the facility administrator/representative for investigation and a report sent to the appropriate state agency within 24 hours. Any failure to do so is in violation of the law. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes and long-term care centers follow these protocols, which can be highly detrimental to the health and well-being of all residents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent injured, mistreated and abused patients who reside at Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Dearborn Court.
This facility is a 6-certified-bed ‘for profit’ LTC Home providing services and cares to residents of Kankakee and Kankakee County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Center is located at:
520 S. Dearborn Ave.
Kankakee, IL 60901
KankakeeLTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that they long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Illinois routinely updates their comprehensive list of filed complaints, opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, and dangerous hazards of Homes statewide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-run facility.
The Kankakee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers viewed serious deficiencies, violations, hazards 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 04/03/2015, the state investigator noted that the facility “failed to assure that the Day Training site thoroughly investigated allegations of abuse.” The failure affected multiple residents.
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involving an incident record review of a 43-year-old female resident’s 01/06/2015 Individual Service Plan (ISP). The documentation revealed multiple diagnoses including cerebral palsy, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorder with obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a history of seizures and a right-hand deformity. The resident “has a moderate level of intelligence and ambulates independently using a helmet and knee pads.
A supervisor at the facility documented at 9:30 PM on 03/16/2015 in the facility’s Progress Notes that a resident came and told two staff members that another resident “was pulling her hair out.” When one staff member “went to her room [they] noticed a patch of what seemed to be hair glued together.” The resident told staff members that a Direct Service Person (DSP) [at day training] was putting barrettes in her hair and taking pictures and that the DSP was trying to get the glue out.”
A “golf ball size bald spots on the top of her head” was noted on her head. The Residential Service Director was not notified at 9:30 PM in accordance with law.
An interview was conducted by the Day Training Program Manager/Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP)/Office of Inspector General Liaison in the early afternoon of 03/19/2015 which revealed that the resident said that “staff put glue in my hair. It was staff from my house. When this interviewer asked her when this happened, first, she said St. Patrick’s Day but then she said that it happened the week before.”
The state investigator noted that “the day training site did not conduct an interview with [the resident] until three days after the allegation of abuse.”
- Failure to Ensure Staff Treated Clients at the Facility Respectfully
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/03/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to implement policy related to allegations of abuse/neglect investigated by the facility. The facility also failed to safeguard individuals following allegations of neglect and abuse. These failures potentially affected for [residents] living at the facility.”
The failure was documented in the incident noted above involving a resident with an allegation of abuse of a Direct Care Service employee “putting glue in her hair.” The Facility Representative stated in a 04/01/2015 interview that “she was not notified of the allegation of abuse until 03/17/2015 around 9:35 PM” which was 24 hours after the incident.
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s policy titled: Investigative Committee that reads in part:
Any facility employee who witnesses or a suspect a violation of resident’s rights, peer to peer incidents, reasonable suspicions of a crime, abuse or neglect as well as injuries of an unknown source shall immediately report the matter to the facility management using [established] protocol.”
KankakeeIllinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Dearborn Court, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our Kankakee 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 Kankakee County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, comprehensive recompense case review. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation.