Peer to peer assault, sexual abuse, and mistreatment are serious issues that happen at many Illinois long-term care facilities. These problems are often caused to a lack of training of staff members, minimal supervision or failure to monitor the residents. Statistics indicate that many cases involving mistreatment and neglect are never investigated or reported to appropriate State Agencies in accordance with Illinois state law. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent individuals who were mistreated, neglected or abused by caregivers and other residents at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Hartemayer Home.
This facility is a 15-certified-bed LTC Center providing cares and services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The Home is located at:
6300 N. Ridge Ave.
Chicago, IL 60660
In addition to providing health and therapy programs, the facility also offers fitness and nutrition programs, psychological support, education, recreational and social activities, and a self-help workshop.
Chicago LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on every Illinois long-term care facility can be reviewed on government-operated sites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). These regulatory agencies routinely update their list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints, dangerous hazards, health violations, and incident inquiries on long-term care homes throughout the state.
The Cook County attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have viewed numerous violations, deficiencies, and safety concerns at all Illinois long-term care facilities.
Why Assessments Are Important
Upon admission to the long-term care facility, the nursing staff must assess the medical, physical and mental condition of the resident within the first two weeks. In addition, all reassessments must be performed at least one time every year or if there is a significant change in the health and well-being of the resident. In the state of Illinois, the staff must perform limited assessments and document their findings in the patient’s MDS (Minimum Data Set).
Every assessment can be a useful tool in developing the individual's comprehensive Plan of Care. These plans provide valuable guidance to the nursing staff and caregivers on how to provide cares and administer any necessary medication in accordance with physician’s orders and manufacturer’s guidelines. Any significant change in the resident’s condition would automatically trip a review or revision of the individual’s Care Plan due to necessity.
Preparing and developing the Plan of Care usually involves the resident’s physician, a Registered Nurse, the nursing staff and other caregivers in charge of meeting the resident’s requirements. In addition to the team of health professionals, all decisions involving the resident’s care should also include the resident and/or their legal representative which could be a state guardian or family member.
Common Problems in Long-Term Care Centers
There are significant problems that occur in long-term care centers that could be corrected immediately if the staff and administration followed established procedures and protocols. The most common problems include:
- A Lack of Freedom of Choice – Quite often, the staff tells the resident they are unable to accommodate the resident’s schedule or preferences. As an example, they may inform the resident that they must awaken each morning at a specific early time due to the scheduling of the staff or failed to provide meal options due to the need to feed many individuals in the Facility.
- A Lack of Necessary Services – By law, every nursing home, assisted living center and long-term care facility must provide a level of care that allows the resident to attain their highest practical level of functioning. This legal responsibility does not provide any valid excuse involving a lack of care, treatment or services. Refusing to provide necessary care often leads to a complaint investigated by the Illinois state inspection agency.
- An Unauthorized Use of Physical Restraints – Many nursing facilities use physical restraints to prevent the patient from standing, walking or wandering without supervision. However, the use of physical restraints is highly restricted by federal and state laws and imposing a restraint on the resident instead of exploring options, increasing supervision and/or developing could be deemed illegal if its use is not authorized by the resident or their legal representative.
- An Unauthorized Use of Behavior Modifying Drugs – A behavior-modifying (psychoactive) medication is not allowed to be used as a disciplinary measure or convenience of the nursing staff to minimize their need to directly interact or supervise the resident when necessary. The use of psychotropic medications must involve a recommendation by qualified staff members including the resident’s doctor only after other alternatives have been proposed or attempted.
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your family believes your loved one suffered harm or injury while residing at Hartemayer Home, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers now. Allow our reputable Chicago attorneys to handle and resolve your compensation case involving abuse or mistreatment that occurred in a long-term care home in Illinois.
We encourage you to contact our Cook County area nursing home law office today by calling (888) 424-5757. Speak with one of our representatives to schedule your no-obligation, comprehensive case evaluation. There is no need to make any upfront payment for our legal services because we accept all nursing home abuse and neglect cases through contingency fee agreements. Our fees are paid only after we have successfully resolved your claim for compensation by negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement or after winning your case at trial.