When family members place a loved one in a nursing facility, they never expect that they will be treated with anything other than dignity, respect, and kindness. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents are subjected to physical assault, mental anguish, and sexual assault. Sadly, the Rock Island elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims of sexual abuse while residing in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
Nursing home victims of sexual assault often have difficulty in communicating what is going on and who the perpetrator of the event was that caused them so much harm. Other times, residents with specific mental challenges including dementia have a difficult time in not only understanding the event but remembering what happened at all. In many cases, the victim is intimidated by the alleged abuser. However, without appropriate measures, the perpetrator can easily repeat the sexual assault knowing that the victim will never speak up.
Generations at Rock Island
Generations at Rock Island is a 177-certified bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating for-profit corporate nursing facility providing services to residents of Rock Island and Rock Island County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2545 24TH Street
Rock Island, IL 61201
Generations at Rock Island rehabilitation services encompass:
- Occupational, physical and speech therapies
- Fracture care
- Orthopedic rehabilitation
- Stroke recovery
In addition, Generations at Rock Island provide dialysis services, pain management, IV therapy, respiratory care, hospice care, wound care, respite and skilled nursing care.
Rock Island Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government and the state of Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases in an effort to reflect the most currently opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations of every nursing facility in the United States. The updated information is then posted on various websites including Medicare.gov through their comparative analysis star rating summary system and used by families looking for information about specific nursing homes in their community and where to place a loved one who requires a high level of health and hygiene care.
Currently, Generations at Rock Island maintains an overall one out of five available star rating compared to other facilities nationwide. The rating includes two out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for health concerns and quality measures. Our Rock Island nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints, violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of those involve:
- Failure to Immediately Notify the Resident’s Doctor in Any Responsible Family Member of a Change in the Resident Situation Including a Decline in Their Health or Injury
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/09/2015, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "notify the physician [in a timely manner] of a change in the resident’s condition.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Generations at Rock Island were first noted in the facility’s 05/24/2015 7:03 PM Nurses Note the documents that a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) providing the resident care “alerted the nurse to the resident’s ‘red vaginally area’ upon examination [by a nurse who noted the] resident’s labia (right side) is red and swollen. Origin of swelling and redness is unknown, will pass information to oncoming shift to monitor and have [the facility’s Nurse Practitioner] examine the area in the [morning].”
Follow-up Nurse’s Notes at 12:46 AM on May 20 15,015 indicated the resident’s “vaginally area remains red and swollen and very tender to touch. Tylenol given for discomfort.” A member of the nursing staff asked a resident’s nurse at 3:05 PM on 05/29/2015 after supper to “come look at [the resident who was] acting withdrawn and fearful.” It was noted that the resident’s “the genitals were red and swollen [… with] bruising on the [resident’s] inner thighs.” The nurse reported that the resident “had a bruise to the right eye, around the cheekbone.” A decision was made to report it to the proper authorities.”
The Nurse Practitioner examined the resident at 3:50 PM on 05/29/2015 after getting a call 6:30 AM on Monday, 05/25/2015 after being told “there was bruising to [the resident’s] upper extremities, inner thighs, right eye and swelling and redness to [the resident’s] vaginally area.” The Nurse Practitioner said that “if I knew the way [the resident] was acting, how [the resident] was withdrawn and fearful along with all the bruising and scratches, I would have sent [the resident] to the emergency room that night to be assessed for sexual assault.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies That Prevent Abuse and Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/09/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to follow’s policy on abuse prevention by not immediately reporting an incident of potential sexual assault to the facility Administrator, physician, law enforcement, and responsible party. The facility failed “to follow their policy and investigate timely an incident of potential sexual assault involving [one resident at the facility].”
Rock Island Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been sexually assaulted while residing in any nursing home facility, including Generations at Rock Island, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help investigate the situation immediately. Our Rock Island County elder abuse attorneys can meet with you and your family to discuss the evidence in your case. Our Rock Island Illinois nursing home abuse law firm has immediate access to all the necessary resources to build a case for financial compensation.
We encourage you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, full private consultation. No upfront fees are required because we accept all nursing home sexual abuse cases through contingency fee agreements.