By law, every Illinois nursing long-term care center must provide each resident a safe and clean environment free of odors, debris, stains and broken glass. Unfortunately, many facilities fail to properly maintain their Homes, which could place the health and well-being of every resident in immediate jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent residents who have been abused or neglected while residing at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Ellner Terrace.
This facility is a 16-certified-bed LTC Center providing cares and services to residents of Evansville and Randolph County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Nursing Home is located at:
801 Market St.
Evansville, IL 62242
Evansville LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each long-term care facility in the state can be obtained on government-operated online sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and health violations on nursing homes statewide.
The Randolph County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Safe and Clean Environment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/31/2015, a state survey team opened a complaint investigation against the facility for its failure to "provide general direction and oversight when they failed to ensure that the facility remains clean and odor-free, having the potential to affect [all 14 residents] residing at the facility.”
As a part of the investigation, a review of the facility’s Resident Roster revealed that three residents “function at a Severe Level of Intellectual Disability”, six residents “function at a Mild Level of Intellectual Disability and four residents “function at a Profound Level of intellectual disability. One resident was noted as functioning “had a Moderate Level of Intellectual Disability.”
The state investigator toured the facility and made observations beginning at 10:00 AM on 12/20/2015. Multiple violations were noted that include:
- “The facility’s entrance, living room, kitchen, bathroom on the male side and [a resident’s] room smells of a strong urine odor. The bathroom trash was checked and did not contain dirty/wet incontinence briefs.”
- The bedroom floor of two residents “contains debris and needs to be vacuumed.”
- The bedroom floor of a resident “contains debris that needs to be vacuumed and the carpet contains multiple black stains and is frayed.”
As a part of the investigation, the facility’s Administrator was interviewed on 12/30/2015 and stated that the floor of two residents “should have been vacuumed” and the bedroom floor of another resident “should have been clean with a carpet cleaner.” The administrator also “confirmed the bathroom on the male side had a strong urine odor and was unsure where the smell was coming from.”
During an additional observation, it was noted that “the facility smells of urine throughout so strongly that it permeates the individuals clothing." The Administrator noted that “the facility failed to provide oversight to ensure staff is maintaining a clean and odor free environment for [the residents] to reside in.”
In a separate summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/22/2015, the State investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that needed repairs are documented are completed within a timely manner, having the potential to affect [all 14 residents] of the facility.”
Observations were made between 1:50 PM and 2:05 PM on 11/12/2015. The investigator noted a series of deficiencies that included:
- The right bedroom window of two residents’ rooms “had a hole in the middle of the screen and the glass portion, which appeared to be consistent with a rock coming through the window, shot from a lawnmower. The glass around the hole had started ‘spidering’ across the entire windowpane. The left window’s locking mechanism was broken preventing the window from locking and/or unlocking.”
- The left bedroom window of another two residents’ room “was opened and the outer screen was bent, allowing for insects to enter the room. No storm window was between the screen and the glass pain and the cold air was felt coming through the window.”
- The bedroom window of two other residents' room “had a full-length curtain up [that] was off-track on the rod on the left side allowing anyone from the outside to see into the bedroom.”
The Administrator “was asked what the facility had done to address the shattered window since 08/04/2015.” The Administrator replied “someone is coming out to measure the window because it has to be special ordered.” This response came three months after the window glass was broken.
Evansville Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or injuries while residing at Ellner Terrace, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Allow our reputable Evansville attorneys to handle and resolve your compensation case involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment that occurred in a long-term care home in Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Randolph County area nursing home law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. 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.