Any change in treatment involving an Illinois long-term care facility resident’s Behavior Management Program must include a notification to the resident’s guardian along with a signed informed consent, as required by law. This consent ensures that the resident is receiving the type of care and treatment that they, their family or guardian believes is necessary to maintain or improve their quality of living. Unfortunately, not every long-term care facility follows established procedures and protocols, which can be detrimental to the resident’s well-being. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent Illinois nursing home residents who have suffered neglect, abuse, and mistreatment at long-term care (LTC) homes like Harris Place.
This LTC Center is a ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of East Peoria and Tazewell County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Long-Term Care Home is located at:
209 Harris Rd.
East Peoria, IL 61611
East Peoria LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
To become fully informed about the level of care nursing homes provide, families routinely research the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) database system for a complete list of opened investigations, safety concerns, incident inquiries, health violations, dangerous hazards, and filed complaints. This information provides valuable content to make a well-informed decision of where to place a loved one who requires the highest level of health care and hygiene assistance.
The Tazewell County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies and safety concerns at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Injury of Unknown Origin
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, a state investigator noted the care home’s failure to “report an injury of unknown origin that resulted in two fractured ribs to the Department [that involved an individual] who had an unwitnessed fall.
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing and 83-year-old male resident’s 04/15/2015 Individual Service Plan (ISP). The plan reveaed multiple diagnoses included “moderate intellectual disability.” The state investigator observed the resident using “a wheeled walker for ambulation.”
As part of the investigation, the surveyor reviewed 08/14/2016 Report revealed a Reportable Incident documenting that on 01/01/2016, a Direct Service Person (DSP) “noted bruising to [the resident’s] left abdomen.” The resident had “reported that he fell in the dining room.”
An interview was conducted with the facility’s Vice President of Intermediate Care Facilities Operations and the Residential Service Director (RSD) at noon on 01/20/2016. The RSD “was asked when she was notified of [the resident’s] bruises of unknown origin, which [the resident] stated was from an unwitnessed fall.” The RSD responded “she was notified on 01/01/2016” on the day when the incident occurred.
The RSD “was asked when she reported the incident to the Department” of Public Health and “was asked if she notified the Department within 24 hours of becoming aware of the bruising.” The DSP responded “No.”
- Failure to Obtain an Informed Consent of Any Change in a Resident’s Behavior Management Program as Required by State Law
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/22/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to ensure two residents “who required a Behavior Management Program had guardian consent.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 01/01/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) revealing that the resident “functions at a Mild Intellectual Disability Level with current diagnoses of Depression, Anxiety, Schizoaffective Disorder.”
As a part of the record review, the investigator reviewed the resident’s Annual Individual Service Plan and Behavior Management Program held on 09/16/2015. However, it was noted that there was “no evidence of guardian consent obtained for [the resident’s] Behavior Management Program.” This was verified by the facility Vice President of Intermediate Care Facilities Operations.
A separate review of another resident’s Behavior Management Plan revealed that the resident who functions at the level of Moderate Intellectual Disability “had changes made including an increased level of supervision to behaviors on 10/26/2015. No guardian signature was found.” This failure to notify the resident’s guardian was confirmed by the facility’s Vice Resident of Intermediate Care Facilities Operations on the late afternoon of 01/19/2016.
The facility was reminded of appropriate established procedures and protocols enforced by state agencies that include:
“The committee should ensure that these programs are conducted only with the written informed consent of the client, parents (if the client is a minor) or legal guardian.”
East Peoria Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injury or harm while residing as a patient at Harris Place, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our seasoned East Peoria attorneys provide legal representation to LTC home residents who have been mistreated or abused. Our legal team has years of experience in successfully resolving claims for compensation against caregivers and residents who harm nursing home patients.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Tazewell County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a comprehensive case review at no charge. You are not required to make any upfront payment or retainer to receive immediate legal services. We receive payment only after we have successfully resolved your case by negotiating an out of court settlement on your behalf or winning your case in court.