Individuals with an intellectual or developmental disability often have no other option than to move into a sheltered care facility to ensure they receive care, assistance, and daily guidance from caregivers. Unfortunately, not every Home trains their staff members to provide the highest level of care and services, which can be detrimental to the resident’s well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who have been neglected, mistreated and abused at Illinois shelter care centers like Hancock County Sheltered Care.
Hancock County Sheltered Care
This Sheltered Care Center is a county-owned 45-certified-bed Facility providing services to residents of Augusta and Hancock County, Illinois. The Home is located at:
97 Main St.
Augusta, IL 62311
The Facility provides cares and services to individuals who are 18 years and older and not pregnant. The Home accepts public aid and private pay in semi-private and private rooms. The center also provides cares and services to individuals in the early stage of Alzheimer’s and other related disorders. Licensed nurses are on staff during the day and evening shifts. Medication passes and physician order treatments are performed by a licensed nurse.
Sheltered Bed Facility Regulatory Agencies
The state of Illinois requires every sheltered care beds facility is licensed, regulated, certified and inspected by public state agencies including the IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health). While the sheltered care bed facilities are regulated by the state, they operate under the jurisdiction of federal agencies including the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services).
Routine surveys are performed at least annually at every sheltered care bed home in Illinois. Public investigators and surveyors inspect the home. During the survey, the staff, procedures, equipment, finances and policies of the facility will be evaluated and scrutinized. In some cases, the surveyor may return to the facility throughout the year to respond to complaints of incidents, failures, and deficiencies by the staff, management or Administrator.
Annual licensure and certification surveys usually happen over a 3 to 4 day period compared to complaint investigations which might only last a day or two. These inspections and complaint investigations will involve every aspect of the facility and their employees including the Administrator, Director of Nurses, Assistant Director of Nurses, Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professionals, Certified Nurses’ Aides, licensed practical nurses, registered nurses and Direct Service Persons.
If Deficiencies Are Found
The state of Illinois provides ongoing guidance and assistance to sheltered care facilities, nursing homes and assisted living centers to minimize the potential of deficiencies by the administrator, management or staff. These guidelines have been established through federal and state regulatory agencies to help protect the residents’ physical, mental, emotional and psychosocial well-being.
If the state surveyor or investigator determines that the facility has created a deficiency in violation of specific state and federal regulations, action by the Administrator must be taken immediately. Usually, the sheltered care bed home is provided one week to 10 days to develop a plan of correction and submit it to the Illinois Department of Public Health or other State Agency in accordance with law. Creating a plan of correction is also required if an investigation into a complaint determines a deficiency has occurred that requires immediate correction or the development, change or enforcement of policies/protocols is required.
Augusta Sheltered Care Home Resident Safety Concerns
To be fully informed on the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) website database system for a complete list of safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, and incident inquiries. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of hygiene assistance and health care.
The Hancock County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed deficiencies and safety concerns at all Illinois shelter care facilities. In many incidences, family members will recognize a sign or symptom of abuse, neglect or mistreatment occurring to their loved one in a sheltered care bed facility. When this occurs, they typically have no other option than to hire a skilled personal injury attorney who specializes in abuse and mistreatment cases. Usually, the law firm can work on behalf of the family to ensure their loved one’s rights are protected and there is quick action to remedy the mistreatment or abuse.
Augusta Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has suffered abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing as a patient at Hancock County Sheltered Care, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our skillful Augusta attorneys have successfully resolved many victim cases involving mistreatment in Illinois nursing facilities. Our legal team can work on your family’s behalf to ensure your family receives the financial compensation they deserve.
We encourage you to contact our Hancock County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive recompense case review. You do not need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. This means our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or we win your case at trial.