Every incident involving abuse, neglect, mistreatment or an injury of unknown origin must be properly and thoroughly investigated by the facility's Administrator and/or their designee and reported within 24 hours to the appropriate State Agency. Any failure to do so is in violation of state and federal laws. Unfortunately, not all care centers complete a comprehensive investigation of an incident or allegation involving abuse or injury of unknown origin, which is often detrimental to the resident’s well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment and abuse who reside in Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Edwardsville Terrace.
This LTC Home is a ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Edwardsville and Madison County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Facility is located at:
808 Southwest Pl.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Edwardsville Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, and safety concerns. This information can be found on numerous sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Madison County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care (LTC) facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Abuse and Mistreatment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/03/2016, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “have evidence of a thorough investigation for [an individual] who alleged that staff had slapped him.” The failure of the nursing staff involved a 29-year-old resident functioning “at a Mild Level of Intellectual Disabilities.”
The state investigator reviewed the resident’s 12/22/2015 Day Training Injury Report Form completed by the Day Training Executive Director that revealed the resident “said a staff member hit him.” The document also revealed that “there are two red marks above his eye and one under his eye.” It was also revealed that the resident “arrived that day training with an injury.”
As a part of the Day Training Investigative Report, it was revealed that the resident “had made an allegation that the overnight staff at Edwardsville Terrace had hit him.” The allegation was made to the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP). The summary report of the facility’s investigation revealed that the resident “was in the hallway leading to the date area and that [a caregiver] had closed the fire door due to [the resident] not being fully clothed.” That employee stated that the resident “was yelling and cursing so she closed the fire door and said that the other individuals would not be upset.”
It was revealed that the facility also conducted “an investigation that identifies that only Day Training Staff, Edwardsville Staff and [the resident] were interviewed [...and] there was no documentation that the individuals who reside at the facility were interviewed.”
The investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator in the early afternoon of 08/03/2016 who confirmed “the resident should have been interviewed.” The investigator reminded the facility that they “must have evidence that all alleged violations are thoroughly investigated.”
- Failure to Ensure Residents Receive Medications as per Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/03/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator of the facility’s failure to “ensure compliance with physician’s orders for [an individual] observed receiving as needed medications.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a 37-year-old resident’s September 2015 Physician Order Sheets (POSs).
The resident functions “at a moderate level of intellectual disability and has additional diagnoses of epilepsy and migraines.” The Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealed that the resident “has been prescribed PRN (as needed) diphenhydramine [ an antihistamine], fluticasone [decongestant/steroid], guaifenesin DM elixir [cough suppressant/expectorant] and acetaminophen [Tylenol] as needed for headaches."
However,an observation of the facility’s medication administration was made between 3:00 PM and 4:20 PM on 09/30/2015 when an authorized Direct Service Person (DSP) assisted residents with their medication administration. At that time, the resident “exhibited minimal cleared nasal drainage" and complained “about a headache" indicating discomfort in the sinuses and a hurting head.
The Registered Nurse Trainer was consulted and directed the DSP to administer the antihistamine and coffee elixir. However, the surveyor “did not observe [the resident] coughing and asked [the resident] if he had been coughing during the day [when he replied], ‘No’.”
The state investigator reminded the facility that “the system for drug administration must ensure that all drugs are administered in compliance with physician’s orders."
Edwardsville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you or your family suspect that your loved one was the victim of abuse, neglect or mistreatment by visitors, caregivers, employees or other residents while a resident at Edwardsville Terrace, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our knowledgeable Illinois nursing home attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against every party who caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Madison County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive recompense claim evaluation. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.