Nursing homes throughout the United States are required by law to follow established protocols anytime there is a case of abuse or alleged abuse occurring in the facility. The protocols are designed to provide immediate protection to the victim and give guidance to the investigators to determine exactly what happened. If the nursing staff and administrators at the nursing facility failed to follow protocols, it could place the health and well-being of the resident in jeopardy and thwart the effort to stop any further mistreatment. Sadly, the Maryville Indiana elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have handled many abuse cases where the victims suffered serious harm or premature death through resident to resident assault or caregiver abuse.Golden Living Center – Merrillville
Golden Living Center – Maryville is a government county owned, 164-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-accepting nursing facility providing services to residents of Merrillville, Lake County Indiana and Cook County, Illinois.
8800 Virginia PL
Merrillville, Indiana 46410
In addition to providing skilled nursing care, the facility also offers:
- Physical, speech and occupational therapies
- IV therapy
- Wound care
- Pain management
- Short-term care
- Long-term care
- Memory care
- Dialysis care
To ensure the public has accurate information, state and federal nursing home regulatory agencies update their nursing home databases that detail the history of opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns on facilities nationwide. The results can be found on numerous sites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Golden Living Center – Merrillville maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare star rating summary comparative analysis system. This includes one out of five stars for quality measures, staffing issues and health inspections. Our Merrilvilleville Indiana nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints, investigations and safety concerns involving the facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Allegation of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/20/2015, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "thoroughly investigate allegations of abuse and report allegations of abuse to the Administrator and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) related to allegations of staff to resident abuse.”
As a part of the investigation, a review of the facility’s 06/22/2015 State Reportable Incident and Investigation indicated “an allegation of staff to resident abuse was reported by [a resident] on 06/20/2015 to [a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)].” The resident had indicated that “a CNA had treated him roughly and used inappropriate language during care." The report indicated that ISDH "was notified by [the facility’s] Assistant Director of Nursing on 06/22/2015, who waited two days to file a report with the State Agency.
While the Licensed Practical Nurse followed protocols and attempted to notify the Assistant Director of Nursing at the time of the incident, the nurse “further indicated she did not attempt to notify the Executive Director" as required by law. At the time of the investigation, the Certified Nursing Assistant alleged who caused an assault had “finisher shift and was no longer in the building to interview.” The state surveyor noted that “the investigation had not indicated whether the alleged perpetrator had ever been interviewed.
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies to Prevent Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/20/2015, the investigator noted the facility’s failure “to ensure the facility’s Abuse Policy was followed, related to not immediately reporting allegations of abuse to the Executive Director of the facility, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) and not thoroughly investigate allegations of abuse.”
In regards to the above allegation of abuse, the investigator noted that upon an interview with the facility’s Assistant Director of Nursing at 11:10 AM on 07/28/2015, the Assistant Director “indicated she was unaware of the allegation or the attempt to notify her until hearing the voicemail from [the LPN] on 06/21/2015. She further indicated she did not notify the Executive Director and proceeded to wait until the morning of 06/22/2015 to file a report [with the State Agency].” The investigator noted that the actions of the employees at Golden Living Center – Merrillville failed to follow federal and state nursing home regulations and the facility’s 01/15/2015 policy titled Verification of Investigation of Alleged Mistreatment, Abuse, Neglect, Injuries of Unknown Origin… that reads in part:
“Any employee who suspects an alleged violation immediately notifies the ED (Executive Director), or designee. The ED notifies the appropriate State Agency in accordance with state law. The investigation includes interviews with employees who may have knowledge of the alleged incident.”
If your loved one has been seriously harmed or died prematurely due to abuse while residing at any nursing facility including Golden Living Center – Merrillville, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Lake County elder abuse attorneys can work on your behalf to ensure your family receives the financial recovery they deserve for the harm or death of your loved one.
To ensure that your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved, we encourage you to contact our Merrillville Indiana nursing home abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to speak with one of our attorneys through a free, no-obligation case consultation. We are only paid for our legal services after we negotiate an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf or win your case at trial.