Many residents of Illinois long-term care (LTC) homes are placed in the facility by a guardian, who are often a responsible family member, state agent or foster care parent. By law, the LTC must notify the guardian of any change in their condition to assist in making important decisions in their medical needs through signed informed consent. Unfortunately, not all LTC centers follow these protocols, which can be detrimental to the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC represent abused and injured residents of Illinois long-term care facilities like Group Home #4 to ensure their rights are protected.
Group Home #4
This facility is a 16-certified-bed ‘for profit’ LTC Home providing services and cares to residents of Godfrey and Madison County, Illinois. The Center is located at:
314 Bachman Ln.
Godfrey, IL 62035
Godfrey LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to obtain a complete list of all filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, and opened investigations. The regularly updated information is often used to make a well-informed decision on which LTC facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Madison County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed various deficiencies, violations and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Provide Protection of Resident’s Rights
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/13/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator involving the nursing home’s failure to “ensure appropriate guardianship for [a resident].” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected a 37-year-old female resident functioning “in the moderate range of intellectual disabilities with additional diagnoses of Paranoid Schizophrenia, Depressive Psychosis, Obsessive Control Disorder and Autism.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 04/13/2016 Annual Social Service Assessment revealing that the resident “has no contact with her family [...and] guardianship was obtained by her previous foster mother in 2000.”
The investigator noted that the resident’s “maladaptive behaviors include self-abuse such as picking at her skin, pulling out her hair or eyelashes; aggression including pulling others’ hair, or hitting others, cursing at others, threatening others, breaking personal possessions purposefully taking and is a do not belong to her, making inappropriate statements; repeating questions or statements; running out of the building, using obscene gestures and inappropriate sexual behaviors….”
Upon review of the resident’s Interdisciplinary Notes written by a Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP), it was revealed that the resident’s “annual consents were mailed to the Guardian on 04/26/2016 [...and] Guardian has not returned [the resident’s] consent for this year and the previous year.” It was noted that the resident’s “guardian has moved out of the area and there has been no contact with the Guardian since the beginning of 2015.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on 07/12/2016 who stated that “a letter was sent out to [the resident’s] Guardian [at their last known address] on 05/13/2015 in reference to their guardianship and approval of [the resident’s] medication. No response has been made by [the resident’s] Guardian.”
The investigator noted that “there is no evidence in [the resident’s IHP (Individual Habilitation Plan)] that the Interdisciplinary Team has discussed the appropriateness and effectiveness of [the resident’s] current Guardian.”
- Failure to Ensure Notification of a Change in the Resident’s Condition Has Been Received and Responded by the Resident’s Guardian
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/13/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide Guardian consent for [a resident] to receive psychotropic medications to control maladaptive behaviors.”
The resident stated above receives various medications to control her maladaptive behaviors. These medications include:
- Depakote take
A review of the resident’s Interdisciplinary Notes documented by the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) revealed that “annual consents were mailed to the Guardian on 04/26/2016. As of 07/12/2016, there is no evidence that the Guardian has reviewed or approved [the resident’s] medications to control maladaptive behaviors” in accordance with state and federal laws.
- Failure to Ensure Every Resident Is Protected from Unnecessary or Unauthorized Physical Restraints
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/13/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to ensure that a resident “assessed for current need to utilize mechanical restraints during dental procedures.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional on 07/12/2016 who confirmed that the resident’s Individual Habilitation Plan (IHP) “does not identify the need/justification for mechanical restraint.”
Godfrey Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have been injured or harmed while residing as a patient at Group Home #4, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC law firm. Let our knowledgeable Godfrey attorneys file and successfully resolve your mistreatment, neglect or abuse case that happened in an Illinois nursing home.
We urge you to contact our Madison County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers for legal answers during a comprehensive, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because we accept every wrongful death lawsuit, personal injury case and nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation on contingency. Our legal fees are paid only after we have won your case at trial or negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf.