Any allegation or incident involving mistreatment, abuse and neglect must be immediately investigated by the facility’s Administrator and reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health in a timely manner. Any failure to do so is in violation of federal and state rules and regulations. Unfortunately, not every long-term care Center, nursing home or assisted living facility follows these procedures and protocols, which can be detrimental to the alleged victim. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent nursing home residents who have been mistreated, abused or neglected in Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes like Gordon Jones Terrace.
Gordon Jones Terrace
This LTC Facility is a 16-certified-bed Center providing services to residents of Lanark and Carroll County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Home is located at:
421 N. Rochester St.
Lanark, IL 61046
Lanark LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The State LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a historical list of safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, and incident inquiries of every facility in each county.
The Carroll County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Allegation of Abuse or Mistreatment of Residents by Caregivers
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/05/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “thoroughly investigate all alleged violations of [residents] who made statements that were not fully investigated.”
The investigator reviewed the facility’s April 2014 Inspection of Care that states that a 35-year-old female resident with a Mild Intellectual Disability made an allegation that a Direct Service Person (DSP) “hollered at her.” As part of the investigation, [the resident] was interviewed regarding the incident.” A statement released by the resident revealed that the DSP “was loud [...and] went on to say ‘I can tell you the way she sounds to some people I am surprised a lot more haven’t broken down. That is why I hide from her when she is here. I don’t want any more conflicts with her…”
The initial allegation investigation summary notes “that the allegation against [the DSP by the resident] ultimately was unfounded. It also notes that due to [the DSP’s] inappropriate approach with residents, it was determined that [the DSP] would be terminated. There is no documentation that would address the allegations made in [the resident’s] statements.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on the afternoon of 11/19/2014 who “reviewed the details of the investigation and said they did not follow up on [the resident’s] statements. However, the investigation does not contain reproducible documentation specifically addressing the allegations made in [the resident’s] statement.
- Failure to Protect the Dignity and Respect of Individuality of Every Resident
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 12/05/2012, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure for one resident with bruised toes that nursing services implement appropriate health and hygiene methods during an examination.” The failure by the nursing staff affected a 67-year-old male resident functioning “in the severe range of mental retardation” with diagnoses including osteoporosis and epilepsy.
An observation was made of the resident and a Registered Nurse on the late afternoon of 12/03/2012 when the RN “asked [the resident] to remove his shoe to examine his right toes in the dining room area.” An interview with the Facility Administrator revealed that the Registered Nurse “should not examine [the resident’s] right toes and foot in the dining room area.”
- Failure to Protect the Resident’s Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/05/2016, an Illinois state agency investigator made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey of the facility’s failure to “ensure that one resident maintained his dignity when out in public sitting on a Chucks Absorbent Pad. The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected 177-year-old male resident with a “moderate intellectual disability” was also diagnosed with “seizure disorder.”
An observation was made of the resident in the afternoon of 10/03/2016 when the resident “returned from his workshop and on 10/04/2016 when he got on his bus to go to work for the day.” During the observation, it was noted that the resident “was sitting on a chucks absorbent pad that was visible. On 10/04/2016, the pad was tucked in more than it was on the previous day, but could still be seen at the corners of the cushion he was sitting on in his wheelchair.”
An interview was conducted on 10/04/2016 with the Facility Representative who acknowledged that the resident’s “chucks absorbent pad should not have been visible and said that she would fix the situation.”
Lanark Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was harmed by caregivers, visitors, employees or other residents while residing at Gordon Jones Terrace, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our skilled Lanark attorneys can file and successfully resolve your victim cases involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse to hold those who caused your loved one harm financially accountable.
We encourage you to contact our Carroll County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. No upfront payment is necessary because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements.