While many families fear that their loved one residing in a nursing facility will be abused by their caregivers, the threat of mistreatment or assault is more likely to come from other residents. Unfortunately, many cases involving resident on resident abuse go undetected and unreported. Sadly, the Frankford elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have been victimized by physical, sexual, emotional and mental abuse from other residents.
Perpetrators in nursing facilities that use aggressive inappropriate behavior tend to be those suffering from mood disorders or cognitive impairment. The proximity of residents living in a closed environment increases the potential of both men and women becoming a victim of resident on resident assault. If the nursing staff fails to take appropriate measures to supervise the aggressive perpetrator or take steps to have them transferred to another facility, the lives and well-being of every resident could be jeopardized.Frankfort Terrace Nursing Center
Frankfort Terrace nursing Center is a 120-certified bed for profit corporate Medicaid-participate nursing facility providing services to residents of Frankfort and Will and Cook counties. The facility is located at:
40 North SmithFrankfort Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Frankfort, Illinois 60423
As a way to provide the public the most current information, the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns on every facility nationwide. The updated information is posted on numerous websites the Medicare.gov.
Currently, Frankfort Terrace Nursing Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the national star rating summary system. This includes five out of five stars for quality measures, two out of five stars for health concerns one out of five stars for staffing issues. Our Frankfort nursing home neglect attorneys have found a significant deficiency involving this facility that includes:
- Failure to Provide Specialized Rehabilitative Services in Accordance with the Resident’s Plan of Care and Assessments
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/03/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "provide to residents with comprehensive psychosocial rehabilitative services needed to address her socially inappropriate behaviors between peers, staff, and provide one resident with training skills to cope with possible independent living, and discharge from the facility.” The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Frankfort Terrace Nursing Center applied to two residents at the facility “who have a need for mental health rehabilitative services.”
As a part of the investigation, the state surveyor reviewed the resident’s November 2015 and December 2015 Physician Orders Sheet (POS) that revealed the resident “is being treated with… antipsychotics.” In addition, the resident’s 09/17/2015 Level of Functioning Scale Assessment reveals of the resident “needed supervision with self-maintenance [...and] had problems with maintaining friendships, socializing and interacting with others [...and] this assessment identified [the resident] had poor conflict avoidance skills and behaviors of threatening, screaming, cursing at others.”
A review of the resident’s 09/12/2015 psychosocial Care Plan identified that the resident “had behaviors of inappropriate sexual behaviors, manipulation, being verbally and physically abusive [...and the resident’s] Care Plan did not identify specific way staff was to monitor for these targeted behaviors and intervene before the behaviors are exhibited toward other residents.” The investigator also noted that the resident’s “care plan did not identify the social coping skills the nursing staff should encourage [the resident] to use [...and] did not identify what symptoms of [the residents] behaviors may signal decompensation in his condition before conflicts with peers.”
The investigator noted five documented incidences of inappropriate behavior with others including making “sexually inappropriate comments in the dining room” on 09/26/2015, being “physically and verbally aggressive” on 10/11/2015, “yelling at a peer as she sat in a chair” on 10/20/2015, “yelling at staff” on 11/04/2015 and “calling a co-peer a fat b----, because she was on the phone and he wanted it to call his mother [so he] snatched it out of her hand” on 11/18/2015.
Documentation recorded on 11/13 2015 show that the resident “expressed a desire for transfer to another facility and go to [another] community.” However, the two assessments say that the resident “is ready, but gave no details of the rehabilitative services given to make the dramatic change in his condition.” The investigator also noted that “the interventions are not specific to an individualized [in the resident’s Care Plan] in identifying what staff is doing to prepare [the resident] and help them cope with a possible discharge or transfer to another facility.”
If your loved one was physically, sexually, mentally or emotionally assaulted by another resident while residing at any Illinois facility including Frankfort Terrace Nursing Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can assist you in taking immediate legal action to stop the abuse now. Our Will County elder abuse attorneys can protect your loved one’s rights and hold those responsible for their harm civilly liable.
To ensure your financial compensation claim is successfully resolve, we encourage you to contact our Frankfort Illinois nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757. We accept every nursing home abuse case on a contingency fee basis, meaning your family will not pay any attorney fees until we negotiate your out-of-court settlement or win your case at trial.