Unfortunately, abuse and neglect occurring in nursing facilities in the state of Illinois are not uncommon occurrences. However, the abuse that happens in nursing facilities is often difficult to define and hard to identify. In many incidences, the abuse goes unreported by the victim who lives in fear of retaliation or never identified by family members and friends who are unaware that the abuse is occurring. Sadly, the Gibson City elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have been abused, neglected or mistreated by their caregivers.
Common warning signs that a nursing home abuse is occurring will often involve specific symptoms or indicators that include:
- Bedsores (pressure wounds; pressure sores; pressure ulcers; decubitus ulcers)
- A negative unexpected change in the resident’s behavior
- Emotional withdrawal
- Silence or visible signs of fear when around caretakers
- Unexplained bruises, wounds or sores
- Marks or bruises around the genital area
- Physical discomfort or signs of emotional trauma
- Unexplained or sudden appearance of diseases, viruses or infections
Heritage Health – Gibson City
Heritage Health – Gibson City is a 75-certified bed facility participating and Medicaid/Medicare programs. This for-profit center provides nursing services to residents of Gibson City and Ford County. The center is located at:
620 E. 1st St.
Gibson City, Illinois 60936
In addition to providing long- and short-term skilled nursing care, the facility also offers physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and respiratory therapy. They also provide hospice care, respite care, and daily care.
Gibson City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Both the federal government and Illinois routinely update their nursing home databases to reflect the total and complete history of every nursing facility in the United States. The information reflects all opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations in facilities nationwide. The updated results can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Heritage Health – Gibson City maintains an overall three out of five available star rating in the national Medicare comparative analysis star rating summary system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing issues, three out of five stars for health concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. Our Gibson City nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints and safety concerns involving this facility that include:
- Failure to Report and Investigate Any Act or Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "immediately report an allegation of abuse.”
The investigation involved a review of the facility 10/20/2015 Final Abuse Investigation Report that noted that on 10/20/2015, was reported that [the resident] was speaking to her son on the phone and stated ‘They are rough with me’.” The state investigator also reviewed the investigative packet involving the abuse incident that included interviews with the resident’s son, the facility Administrator, a Licensed Practical Nurse at the facility in two certified nursing assistants. The investigative interviews were conducted the day following the alleged abuse.
The facility Administrator stated that the resident’s son “called and informed [the Administrator of the resident’s] concern being treated roughly.” The son had “received a call from [the resident] on 10/20/2015 stated that they were rough with the resident.” One of the certified nursing assistants witnessed the statement when the resident was speaking to the sun over the phone expressing that “the girls [the Certified Nursing Assistants] are rough.” When the Certified Nursing Assistant asked the resident what that meant, the resident declined to give any details.
- Failure to Develop Policies that Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, a notation was made by a state investigator during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "operationalize their abuse policy by failing to immediately report an allegation of abuse.”
The state investigator noted that the deficient practice by the nursing staff at Heritage health – Gibson City failed to follow established procedures and protocols and failed to follow the facility’s 04/23/2014 Policy and Procedure regarding Abuse and Neglect, Involuntary Seclusion, Misappropriation of Resident Property and Injuries of Unknown Origin that reads in part:
“The facility employee or agent who becomes aware of alleged abuse or neglect of a resident shall immediately report the matter to the facility Administrator.”
Gibson City Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe your loved one has been abused by their caregivers, other residents, friends or family members while residing at any Illinois nursing home including Heritage Health – Gibson City, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate action to stop the harm now. Our Illinois nursing home abuse lawyers can handle the entire process of obtaining the financial compensation your family and the victim deserves.
Contact our Ford County elder abuse law firm today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a no-obligation free case consultation. We handle all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse claims for compensation through contingency fee agreements. This means we are only paid for our legal services after we have negotiated your out-of-court financial settlement or have won your case at trial.