Physical, mental, verbal and emotional assaults occurring between peers in Illinois long-term care homes are serious problems, especially in facilities that fail to properly train their caregivers to act quickly to stop the aggression. Unfortunately, many of these facilities fail to train the staff to investigate, interview and document acts of aggression, mistreatment or abuse, which can be highly detrimental to the physical, emotional and mental health of the victim. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal advice, counsel, and representation to individuals who have been neglected, mistreated and abused at Illinois long-term care (LTC) facilities like Hammett House.
This LTC Home is a ‘for profit’ 16-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Sterling and Whiteside County, Illinois. The Facility is located at:
1845 First St.
Sterling, IL 61081
Sterling LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A list of incident inquiries, safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and opened investigations on statewide long-term care homes can be reviewed on database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance.
The Whiteside County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Mistreatment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, a notation by a state investigator referred to the facility’s failure to “ensure [two residents] with allegations of mistreatment were reported immediately to the Administrator in accordance with established procedures.” These failures by the nursing staff involved two residents at the facility who function “in the Moderate range of Intellectual Disability and two residents who function “in the Severe range of Intellectual Disability.”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s 12/18/2015 Progress Note that revealed a resident “was talking nonstop and upset residents.” The resident “was asked to stop and take a bite of her breakfast but kept talking with food in her mouth. The staff thought she did not know what others were saying but [another resident] called her a whore and told her to shut up.” The verbally abusive resident “responded that she is not a whore and still kept talking.”
The document reveals that the resident “was disruptive to the rest of the resident. The record review of the Progress Note does not include any documentation of any persons notified of this incident.”
A review of the facility’s 08/22/2015 Progress Note revealed that two residents “were sitting in the dining room.” One resident “stood up and scratch the back of [the other resident’s] neck and then walked in the kitchen. The record review of this progress note does not include any documentation of any persons notified of this incident. The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on the early afternoon of 03/02/2016 who stated “that she was not informed of these incidents.”
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols during Program Monitoring and Changes
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/03/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “ensure that the Specially Constituted Committee for [a resident] had a community representative in attendance” at the meeting. The deficient practice involved 49-year-old resident “who has Severe Intellectual Disability and whose diagnosis also includes Autistic Disorder with Aggression.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s Behavior Management / Resident Rights Committee meeting forms documenting a meeting that occurred on 07/22/2015. The document revealed that one community representative was in attendance. However, “from July 2015 through the present day, there were meetings on 10/14/2015 and 01/06/2016 where [the resident’s] Behavior Plans and Interventions were reviewed, neither of these meetings had any community representatives in attendance.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) midafternoon on 03/02/2016 who after reviewing the facilities two community representatives’ documents “confirmed that there were no community representatives in attendance at the meetings noted above” in accordance with Illinois state laws. The facility was reminded that they:
“Must designate and use a Specially Constituted Committee or committees consisting of members of the facility staff, parents, legal guardians, clients (as appropriate) and qualified persons who have either experience or training in contemporary practices to change inappropriate client behavior, and persons with no ownership or controlling interest in the facility.”
Sterling Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was victimized while residing at Hammett House, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Our seasoned Sterling attorneys have legally represented nursing home patients who were abused, neglected and mistreated. We have years of experience of successfully resolving recompense claims to ensure our clients receive the compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Whiteside 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 that all of our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.