Incidents of resident to resident abuse occurring in Illinois long-term care homes are serious problems that are not always properly addressed by the facility’s Administrator, in compliance with state and federal guidelines, rules and regulations. Any incident of abuse, neglect, mistreatment or assault must be thoroughly investigated by the Administrator and/or their designee and reported to the State Agency within twenty-four hours. Any failure to do so has the potential of causing additional harm, injury or premature death of the victim(s). Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal services to abused, injured or mistreated patients residing at Illinois long-term care homes like First Street Group Home to ensure their rights are protected.
First Street Group Home
This Long-Term Care Facility is a ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Ashton and Lee County, Illinois. The 4-certified-bed LTC Home is located at:
407 N. First St.
Ashton, IL 61006
Ashton Long Term Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the services and care that they long-term care facility offers in their community, the state of Illinois regularly updates their comprehensive list of dangerous hazards, safety concerns, health violations, incident inquiries, opened investigations, and filed complaints of Homes statewide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a private or government-run facility.
The Lee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found serious deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care (LTC) facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident Environment Free of Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/24/2014, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “ensure that all allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse were reported immediately.” The deficient practice affected four residents “who live in the home.” Two of the resident’s function with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities and the other two function with Severe Intellectual Disabilities.
A review of the facility’s 7:25 PM -- 08/21/2014 Incident/Accident Report revealed that the resident “laid on the floor, [...and] poked [another resident’s] lower legs and lightly tapped on top of his feet." The second resident “began to cry, scream and ran into his bedroom.” The assaulting resident “would not stop and touched [the resident] for ten minutes off and on." When the victimized resident “left the room" the assaulting resident “smiled.” The investigator noted that “nothing else is noted on this form to indicate that anyone else was notified of the situation.”
The 8:10 PM -- 08/21/2015 Incident/Accident Report indicated the resident “laid on the floor and open-handed hit [a resident] on her lower calf [while repeating the saying] that she was ‘not hitting [the resident], not hurting her, not pulling hair.” Then the assaulting resident “would say that she would pull hair, … then… would smile. Nothing else is noted on this form to indicate that anyone else was notified of the situation."
The facility’s 04/17/2014 Incident/Accident Report revealed during a review that “an unidentified peer at day training had scissors and went over to [a resident] acting as though she would cut him. Staff escorted her away and removed scissors. Nothing else is noted on this form to indicate that anyone else was notified of the situation.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) in the afternoon of 09/22/2014 who said “that the aforementioned incidences had not been reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH).” An interview was conducted with the facility’s Administrator on the morning of 09/24/2015 who maintain that the “08/21/2014 incidents were not ‘peer to peer’ incidents because [the assaulting resident] was not hurting anyone in these behaviors and are [the resident’s] usual behaviors. Also [the victimized resident] will go to his room to get some private time as well.
The state investigator noted that “as peer to peer incidences these should have been reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health." In addition, the facility:
“Must ensure that all allegations of mistreatment, neglect or abuse, as well as injuries of unknown source, are reported immediately to the Administrator or to other officials in accordance with State law through established procedures.”
Ashton Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your family, believe that your loved one was victimized by employees, caregivers, visitors or other residents at First Street Group Home, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our Ashton nursing home attorneys have represented clients with victim cases involving abuse, neglect, and mistreatment. Our law firm working on your behalf can ensure your family receives adequate financial recompense for the injuries, losses and damages your loved one has endured due to the inappropriate actions of caregivers or other residents.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Lee County abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.