While physical abuse in a nursing facility is easy to spot in many cases when residents display unexplained injuries, verbal assault often leaves internal scars. Without proper supervision by the nursing home management and administration, nurses and employees can verbally and mentally abuse the resident that if not witnessed can go unreported or undetected. Sadly, the DeKalb elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many cases where residents were verbally and mentally attacked by their caregivers.DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center is a 190-certified bed DeKalb County owned Medicare/Medicaid-participating nursing facility providing services to residents of DeKalb and DeKalb County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2600 N. Annie Glidden Rd.
Dekalb, Illinois 60115
In addition to providing short-term and long-term care, the nursing center also provides rehabilitation services, dementia care, and Alzheimer’s care.DeKalb Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families search state and federal nursing home databases to find the latest information on safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations. The information is located on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center maintains an overall five out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary comparative analysis tool. This includes five out of five stars for health inspections, four out of five stars for staffing issues and three out of five stars for quality measures. However, our DeKalb nursing home neglect attorneys have located complaints filed against the facility that include:
- Failure to Protect Every Resident from Abuse, Physical Punishment or Being Separated from Others
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/14/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to prevent residents from being abused mentally, verbally and staff controlling resident choices by [a Registered Nurse at the facility] with documented abuse behaviors from June 2015 to the present date [08/14/2015] on two wings in the B Building.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff and Administration at DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center directly affected two residents at the facility “reviewed for abuse.”
The investigator noted that the “management technique that results in, or has the potential to result in, physical or psychological harm.” The failure was first documented at 10:30 AM on 08/12/2015 when a resident stated that the Registered Nurse “is mean and yells at me. She makes a full out of you in front of other residents. It makes me feel terrible, cheap and less of a human. They call [the Registered Nurse] the B***h. When I get done eating, I am expected to stay in the dining room and wait for [the Registered Nurse] to administer medications, like this is her house. If I want to lie down or use the bathroom, [the Registered Nurse] tells me I will just have to wait. By the time I medications are given, there is nobody available to help me and I’m stuck out there like an idiot.”
The state investigator interviewed a Certified Nursing Assistant working at the facility at 10:50 AM on 08/11/2015 who stated that the Registered Nurse “has been unprofessional in exchanges with residents and abusive in her appropriate tone of voice toward residents. [The Registered Nurse’s] behavior has been escalating and she continues to come to work.”
The Certified Nursing Assistant also claimed that on a day when the facility “was testing sprinklers and alarms” causing a buzzing, humming sound most of the day, a resident “repeatedly asked for help with her hearing aids and she thought they were causing the noise.” The resident asked the registered nurse to check your hearing aids and was told: “in a louder sharp voice to go sit down and again repeated she had had it with [the resident].” When the resident requested help with her hearing aids at the nurses’ station, the Registered Nurse “removed the hearing aids from [the resident’s] ears.”
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse and Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/14/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure staff immediately report allegations of abuse and the facility failed to investigate allegations of abuse.” The state investigator noted that the facility failed to perform any abuse investigation concerning the Registered Nurse who had been “unprofessional in exchanges with residents and abusive by her inappropriate tone of voice toward residents” is documented by the Certified Nursing Assistant at the facility at 10:50 AM on 08/11/2015.
If your loved one was the victim of any type of abuse or mistreatment while residing in an Illinois nursing facility, including DeKalb County Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate legal action. Our DeKalb County elder abuse attorneys have access to every necessary resource to obtain the financial compensation you and your family deserves for your damages.
To ensure that your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved, we encourage you to call our DeKalb Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule an appointment our attorneys for a full case evaluation. No upfront payment is required because we accept all personal injury cases on contingency.