The Administrator of every Illinois nursing home required by law to thoroughly investigate any allegation of abuse that occurs in the facility and files the final report with the Illinois Department of Public Health. To complete a comprehensive investigation, it must include interviews with all parties involved in all discrepancies in the investigation must be resolved. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow the strict and procedures, or their facility’s abuse policies. These failures have the potential of placing every resident in the facility in immediate jeopardy. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC provide legal representation to injured residents of Illinois skilled nursing homes like Freeburg Care Center who have been abused by their caregivers.
Freeburg Care Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 118-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Freeburg and St. Clair County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
746 Urbanna Drive
Freeburg, Il 62243
Freeburg Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Comprehensive research results can be found through the federal government/Illinois Medicare.gov nursing home database that details every filed complaint, safety concern, health violation and opened investigation. Many families use this information to determine the level of medical, health and hygiene care nursing homes in their community provide their residents.
Currently, Freeburg Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating comparison analysis system compared to all other facilities nationwide. This includes three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for both quality measures and health inspections. The St. Clair County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous health violations and safety concerns occurring at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Allegations or Incidences of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/31/2015, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "report allegations of abuse immediately to the Administrator, delay the initial investigation of abuse, accurately report abuse allegations to the Department, and thoroughly investigate all abuse allegations, including bruises of unknown origin.” The deficient practices were noted to have the potential to affect all 91 residents living the facility.
The failures were first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing “a final report to the Department for [the resident], dated 01/22/2015.” The document revealed that a resident “stated on 01/15/2015 at 11:30 PM, to a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), that a staff member ‘slapped me in the face’. Immediately, the CNA reported the statement to the nurse.”
The document reveals that “the nurse immediately spoke to [the resident] who stated that ‘she (the CNA) slapped me on the arm (holding her left arm) reporting that the incident happened around 9:30 PM while she was preparing for bed.” The resident “also gave a description of the CNA staff member. The nurse assessed the resident’s arm with no apparent redness, bruising or swelling. The nurse returned to the nurse’s station, called the Director of Nursing, sent immediate notification to the Department and notified the Medical Doctor.”
The Nurses Notes the following morning at 8:30 PM on 01/16/2015 written by a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) documents that the nurse “looked at the resident’s right arm, [and] noted a 0.5-centimeter old fading purple bruise – [the resident] did not know how the bruise got there. No complaint of pain to arm noted at this time – will observe.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Director of Nurses and asked: “about the discrepancies between staff members documented interviews that [the resident] was consistent with her account being hit on the arm in the final report documenting [the resident] had stated she was ‘slapped in the face’.” The Director “shrugged her shoulders and stated ‘I don’t edit the nurses’ documents’.”
The Director also stated that “at the time of [the resident’s] allegation, the Facility did not have a licensed Administrator and she was the acting unlicensed Administrator at the time.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Abuse Policies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/31/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “follow its Abuse Policy by not reporting allegations of abuse immediately to the Administrator… and thoroughly investigate all abuse allegations including bruises of unknown origin” detailed above.
The state investigator noted “there is no documentation that any other resident or staff were interviewed for this investigation. The final report does not reflect the same story from interviews with [the resident] by other staff documented in the Nurses Notes.”
Freeburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one was mistreated or abused as a patient at Freeburg Care Center, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Our respected Freeburg knowledgeable attorneys offer legal representation to patients with cases that involve abuse and mistreatment happening in Illinois nursing homes.
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