The state of Illinois requires that all private and public care facilities meet specific standards of care to ensure the health and well-being of every resident are protected. Unfortunately, not all administrators and management staff follow the established guidelines, procedures and policies as required by state and federal law, which can often be harmful to the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who have suffered abuse and mistreatment at Illinois intermediate and shelter care beds facilities like Eastern Star Home.
Eastern Star Home
This Shelter Care and Intermediate Beds Home is a 48 certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Macon and Macon County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
9890 Star Ln.
Macon, IL 62544
Macon Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, and health violations on statewide care homes can be reviewed on database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this information to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance.
The Macon County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed serious safety concerns and deficiencies all Illinois intermediate care centers and shelter care facilities.
Regulating Intermediate and Shelter Care Bed Facilities
Every sheltered care and intermediate care facility in Illinois must be licensed, inspected, regulated or certified by private and public agencies in accordance with state and federal laws. Often, these duties fall on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). While these agencies work separately, they often overlap in their jurisdiction of regulating and licensing these and other facilities including nursing homes, assisted living centers, and others.
Responsibility to ensure that the facility complies with the mandatory state regulations falls on the Illinois Department of Public Health and at times under a cooperative agreement with Medicare and Medicaid. Every Illinois care facility must undergo an on-site licensure inspection on a minimal annual basis. During the survey (inspection) the facility will be evaluated for its staff, equipment, procedures, policies and finances.
The annual licensure and certification inspections are usually conducted by 200 plus Illinois surveyors that arrive as a team to survey (inspect) the facility. These teams usually consist of an RN (registered professional nurse) and environmental health practitioner and a nutritionist. When conducting a survey concerning a complaint, the inspector will usually have years of experience in handling allegations of abuse, neglect, mistreatment or poor quality care.
All inspections usually occur at the facility and last 3 to 4 days (complaint investigations are usually shorter), and involve the facility’s Administrator, Assistant Administrator, Director of Nursing, Assistant Director of Nursing, Medical Director, Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Aides, Direct Service Persons and others.
When Deficiencies Occur
If the inspector or surveyor determines a deficiency has occurred in the facility has violated at least one specific regulation, a Plan of Correction must be developed by the facility and submitted to the agency in a timely manner.
The facility is provided the opportunity to invalidate every alleged deficiency. If there is no rebuttal, the facility is given 10 days to submit their written Plan of Correction. This plan must detail when and how every deficiency detected by the State Agency will be corrected. Often, the Illinois Department of Public Health will provide a detailed list of corrective measures that the facility is required to implement.
There are some situations that create an immediate jeopardy because they pose a significant risk to the safety and health of residents, employees, staff members, and visitors. When these deficiencies are identified, the State Agency can initiate or demand that intermediate corrective action is taken.
Procedures, Protocols, and Policies
Every sheltered care and intermediate facility in the state of Illinois must follow specific procedures, protocols, and policies that have been adopted by the State Agency. These guidelines help ensure that all residents remain safe in their environment and free of abuse, neglect or mistreatment.
Every Illinois care facility is required to meet the State’s mandatory standards and remains in compliance with the standards to ensure that every resident is receiving the highest level of care available. The inspection teams will evaluate whether the Center has met the required standards and provide certification of their success.
Any failure to follow these established guidelines by the nursing staff, administration or supervisors at every facility could result in a significant financial penalty or a revocation/suspension of their license. In many cases, the facility is placed on a provisional license.
Macon Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was victimized while residing at Eastern Star Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Illinois attorneys have legally represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Macon County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.