Any incident or allegation involving inappropriate sexual activity, abuse or assault must be immediately investigated by the facility’s Administrator and reported to specific State Agencies in accordance with the law. Unfortunately, not every nursing facility assisted living center or long-term care facility follows procedures and protocols. Many times, these facilities choose instead to determine what activities constitute sexual inappropriateness that requires a thorough investigation and those that are deemed to be without harm, which is often detrimental to the health and mental well-being of the victim. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were neglected, abused or mistreated at Illinois long-term care centers like Group Home #6.
Group Home #6
This Nursing Facility is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Godfrey and Madison County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Center is located at:
320 Bachman Ln.
Godfrey, IL 62035
Godfrey LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The state of Illinois routinely updates their long-term care home database systems to reflect all health violations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, opened investigations, filed complaints, and dangerous hazards. This information can be reviewed on numerous sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov).
The Madison County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious deficiencies, violations, hazards and safety concerns at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Document Incidents Involving Sexual Abuse and Mistreatment as Required by Law
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/19/2013, the state investigator noted the facility failed to “ensure thorough documentation in resident records of inappropriate touching for [one resident at the facility].” The failure by the nursing staff involved a 58-year-old resident functioning “at the Mild range of Mental Retardation.” The investigator noted that the resident’s ISP does not document “the 01/21/2013 incident of [the resident] inappropriately touching a peer.”
As a part of the investigation, a review of the Allegation/Incident Complaint revealed that “this is a review of an incident that occurred on 01/23/2013, [where one resident] reported [the abusive resident] touched his genitals.” The investigator noted that “under the summary of evidence [revealed]: Witnesses: Supervisor states, ‘[the resident] admitted to me that he touched [another resident’s] penis. He stated they were playing and tickling each other.”
The document also revealed that [the assaulted resident] asked [the abusive resident] not to touch and because it made him feel uncomfortable. When [the resident] did not listen, [the assaulted resident] separated himself from the situation and reported the incident staff.” However, the investigator noted that a review of the resident’s Nurse’s Notes between 10/01/2012 through 03/01/2013 and the Interdisciplinary Notes from 01/11/2013 through 04/07/2013 does not document “the incident of [the resident] touching a peer’s penis.”
In addition, after a comprehensive review of the facility’s Monthly QMRP (Qualified Mental Retardation Professional) Review Notes from 01/20/2013 through 02/17/2013 does not document the resident “inappropriately touching a peer’s penis.”
Records of the incident were found in the Behavior And Documentation dated 01/21/2013 through 02/17/2013 notes that a resident “engaged in inappropriate touching while horse playing.” However, the facility’s 01/21/2013 Incident/Injury Report failed to document that the resident touched the assaulted resident’s “penis or of the tickling that led up to the inappropriate touching.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) on the afternoon of 04/18/2013 and the morning of 04/19/2013 who confirmed “that the incident of [the abusive resident] touching [the assaulted resident’s] penis was not in the current ISP (dated 03/06/2013) and stated ‘it was not in the ISP because it was an isolated incident’.”
When the investigator asked for additional documentation over the incident, “no further written evidence of thorough documentation of [the resident’s] inappropriate touching on 01/21/2013” was provided. The state investigator then interviewed the facility’s Administrator on 04/19/2013 who confirmed “that she was unable to provide [the surveyor] with the policy that identifies the facility’s use of [Incident and Injury] Reports in the accurate documentation of behaviors/incidents that occur.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report Allegations of Sexual Abuse to Appropriate State Agencies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/19/2013, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to provide thorough investigations for [three residents] who made allegations of inappropriate touching.”
In response to the above incident involving inappropriate sexual touching, the facility’s Administrator stated on 04/16/2013 that “she had no further written evidence of her interviews of residents related to the facility’s investigation of the allegations of inappropriate touching made on 01/21/2013 or 03/02/2013.”
Godfrey Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one suffered harm while a resident at Group Home #6, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our team of reputable Godfrey nursing home attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your case for financial recompense against all parties who caused your loved one’s harm.
We encourage you to contact our Madison County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in court.