Abuse, mistreatment, and neglect in Illinois nursing facilities occur all too often. To minimize the potential harm to patients, the nursing staff and Administrator are required by law to investigate and report every incident of abuse or alleged abuse to the Illinois State Agency. Any failure to do so could cause immediate jeopardy to the victim and all other residents in the Home. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation to residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Heritage Health – Gibson City who have been abused and mistreated.
Heritage Health – Gibson City
This Center is a ‘for profit’ 75-certified-bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating Nursing Home providing services and cares to residents of Gibson City and Ford County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
620 East First Street
Gibson City, IL 60936
Along with providing long-term and short-term skilled nursing care, the facility also offers respite care, hospice care, and their Restore-to-Home program along with speech, physical and occupational therapies and respiratory therapy.
Gibson City Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure the families are fully informed of the provided care at nursing home offers in their community, the federal government and Illinois routinely update their completed list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of Homes nationwide. This data can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
Currently, Heritage Health – Gibson City maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare national analysis rating system. This includes three out of five stars for health inspections and staffing concerns and one out of five stars for quality measures. The Ford County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Incident or Allegation Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, a state surveyor noted the facility’s failure to “immediately report an allegation of abuse.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after a review of the resident’s 10/20/2015 Final Abuse Investigation Report.
The report indicated that “on 10/25/2015 it was reported that [the resident] was speaking to her son on the phone and stated ‘they are rough with me’.” The investigation packet conducted at the facility “included interviews from [the resident’s] son, the Administrator, the Licensed Practical Nurse and two Certified Nursing Assistants… the day after the alleged abuse.”
The facility Administrator stated on 02/17/2016 that “the investigation was started 10/26/2015, the day after the allegation because that is when [the resident’s son] called and informed me of [the resident’s] concern of being treated roughly.”
A Licensed Practical Nurse completed a witness statement documenting that they “heard [the resident] speaking to her son on the phone and expressed how the girls (the Certified Nursing Assistants) were rough. When [the LPN] asked [the resident] what was meant by that, [the resident] declined to give any details.”
The facility Administrator stated that the facility does “some type of abuse education monthly during our meetings, and everyone knows they are to report any allegation of abuse immediately to [the Administrator].” In addition, “the staff have specifically been told that when the words ‘rough or gruff’ are use that it is to be reported immediately because what one might think is rough behaviors, might not be for the other, but it is better to let the Administrator investigate it and determine what happened.”
The Administrator also stated that the Licensed Practical Nurse “should have reported the allegation to the Administrator on 10/25/2015, right after [they] overheard [the resident’s] conversation with [the resident’s son].” The investigator noted that the actions of the Administrator and nursing staff failed to follow the facility’s 10/23/2014 policy title: Policy and procedure Regarding Abuse and Neglect, Involuntary Seclusion… Injuries of Unknown Origin that reads in part:
“A facility employee or agent who becomes aware of alleged abuse or neglect of a resident shall immediately report the matter to the facility Administrator.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement and Enforce Policies on How to Handle Cases Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/18/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “operationalize their Abuse Policy by failing to immediately report an allegation of abuse” involving one resident.
The investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator in handling the case of abuse noted above failed to follow the facility’s 04/23/2015 Abuse and Neglect Policy that reads in part:
All residents have the right to be free from verbal, sexual, physical and mental abuse, corporal punishment, and involuntary seclusion.”
Gibson City Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while a patient at Heritage Health – Gibson City, contact the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law firm now. Our skilled Gibson City attorneys have years of experience in representing victims of mistreatment and abuse.
We encourage you and your family to contact our Ford County elder abuse law office today by calling (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment for a full case review. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment or fee. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or negotiated your out-of-court settlement.