Every incident involving peer-to-peer assault or abuse occurring in an Illinois long-term care facility must be reported to the Administrator on Duty and the appropriate State Agency immediately. These actions and notifications help ensure the victims are protected from further abuse by the assaulting peer. Unfortunately, not all long-term care centers follow procedures and protocols which could place the health and well-being of the victim an additional jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent victims of abuse occurring in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Division Street Home.
Division Street Home
This Nursing Center is a Home providing services to residents of Amboy and Lee County, Illinois. The 6-certified-bed Home is located at:
317 W. Division St.
Amboy, IL 61310
Amboy Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
Illinois LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a historical list of opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, and incident inquiries of every facility in each county.
The Lee County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/03/2014, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey of the facility’s failure to “Ensure … that written policies and procedures prohibit abuse of the clients.” These failures affected a resident who “functions in the Severe Range of Intellectual Disability, and five other residents who “function in the Profound Range of Intellectual Disability."
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s Monthly Behavior Summary and noted that:
- On 07/08/2014, the resident “walked up to a female peer and pushed her down.”
- On 07/12/2014, the same resident “pushed a female peer while she was sitting on the couch.”
- On 07/14/2015, the same resident “punched a female peer on the bus after day training.”
- On 07/15/2015, the same resident “slammed doors all morning, threw a couple of chairs and pushed a peer down in the hallway.”
- On 07/16/2015, the same resident “slammed doors from 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM.” The resident “also pushed a peer to the ground when going out of the door.”
- On 07/19/2015, the same resident “yelled, ‘I push you down’.” One of facility employee came out of the kitchen and they found another resident “on the floor and [the resident] walking away.”
- On 07/25/2014, the same resident “was pushing a peer (unidentified) on the van on the way home yelling and cussing.”
- On 07/29/2015, the same resident “shoved a peer to the floor and screamed at her.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s 07/25/2014, monthly Behavior Summary that revealed that the resident “was pushing a peer (unidentified) on the van on the way home yelling and cussing. The surveyor was not given any documentation that this incident was reported to Public Health or the Administrator on Duty. The facility failed to investigate this incident.”
An interview was conducted on the late morning of 09/03/2015 with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) who stated “that there was no incident report on 07/25/2014 for [the resident] pushing a peer (unidentified).”
The investigator also reviewed the facility’s Incident/Accident Report that revealed that “
- On 03/05/2015, another resident “was walking to the garage door, [when the resident above] was behind her and [that resident pushed her] causing her to fall to the floor.”
- On 03/05/2015, [the abusive resident] was pushing and yelling at [the resident] while on the van.” The assaulted resident “appeared to be upset because she was yelling.”
- On 03/11/2014, while serving breakfast, the abusive resident “let out a scream in the living room area [...and] pushed [another resident down who] fell backward onto her bottom but did not hit the recliner going down.”
- On 04/22/2015, while driving, another resident “was just sitting in her seat r iding to work when [the abusive resident] grabbed her arm and started hitting her and shaking it for no apparent reason.”
- On 05/21/2015 [the abusive resident] yelled something and walked up to [a fourth resident] and pushed her causing her to run into the wall and cabinet under the television.” The injured resident “yelled out because she seemed to be upset.”
Additional cases involving the abusive resident were documented through 07/29/2014. However, in an interview conducted with the facility Administrator midafternoon on 09/02/2014, it was revealed that “the incident on 07/12/2014 was not reported to the Administrator on Duty and was not reported to the Public Health” which violates the facility’s October 2013 Abuse and Neglect Prevention Policy.
Amboy Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while residing as a patient at Division Street Home, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Our qualified Amboy attorneys represent victims with cases that involve abuse, negligence, and mistreatment occurring in Illinois LTC facilities.
We urge you to contact our Lee County elder abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment but accepts all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.