Every individual who administers medications to developmentally disabled residents living in long-term care facilities must receive proper training in accordance with Illinois state law. Any failure to receive proper training and ongoing supervision could jeopardize the health and well-being of the resident. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes, long-term care centers, and rehabilitation facilities follow established procedures and protocols when providing care by allowing Direct Care Staff members to administer drugs without proper authorization. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented residents who were abused, mistreated or neglected at Illinois long-term care (LTC) centers like Hickory Point Terrace.
Hickory Point Terrace
This LTC Home is a ‘for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Forsyth and Macon County, Illinois. The 16-certified-bed Long-Term Care Facility is located at:
260 E. Lucille Ave.
Forsyth, IL 62535
Affiliated with J and J Maupin Group Homes, Hickory Point Terrace offers supervised and plan community activities along with occupational, physical, language and speech therapies. The Long Term Care Home is staffed with professionally trained caregivers, registered nurses, and a registered dietitian.
Forsyth LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
A comprehensive list of incident inquiries, safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and opened investigations on statewide long-term care homes, nursing centers, and rehab facilities can be reviewed on database websites including the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov). Many families use this data to determine the best facility to place a loved one who requires the highest level of skilled health care and hygiene assistance. It is important to review every incident, allegation, violation, or concern documented at these facilities before making a decision of where to relocate your loved one.
The Macon County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Ensure Medications Are Administered in Accordance with State Law and as per Physician’s Orders
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/18/2014, an Illinois state investigator noted during an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “follow medication administration in accordance with state law.” The failures involved 16 individuals living the facility who require medications.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing the facility’s roster validating 16 individuals in the facility function at varying ranges of intellectual disabilities from mild to profound.
The state investigator reminded the facility that “Authorized Direct Care Staff shall be reevaluated by a Nurse Trainer at least annually or more frequently at the discretion of the Registered Professional Nurse [RPN] …”
The state investigator reviewed the facility’s “competency-based training assessment (CBTA) for medication administration by non-licensed Direct Care Staff (DSP) in the community for those with A Developmental Disability.” A comprehensive review was performed of the DSP’s “CBTA for Medication Administration by Non-License Direct Care Staff dated 08/12/2013 and the CBTA for Medication Administration dated 07/09/2013 and the CBTA for Medication Administration dated 11/26/2012 and the DSPs CBTA for Medication dated 10/21/2011.
An interview was conducted on the afternoon of 09/16/2014 with the Facility Administrator who was “asked if these CBTAs were the most current. The Administrator replied “Yes.” The investigator reminded the facility, staff members and Administrator that:
“The system for drug administration must assure that unlicensed personnel is allowed to administer drugs only if state law permits.”
“Individuals listed on the state Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) – Eligible Registered have completed a DHS approved 40 hour QIDP training program and spend 20 percent or more of their time providing direct support to persons with developmental disabilities may be added to the Health Care Worker Registry as a DD Aide (DSP) [only after the individual has competed] a 49-hour abbreviated DSP training program consisting of [certain] components of a DHS-approved DSP training program.”
The Illinois Health Care Worker Registry provides a comprehensive list of caregivers that reveal their background check and training information. The registry follows the Health Care Worker Background Check Act containing data on every unlicensed individual retained or employed by a health care employer. These include personal care assistants, nurses aides, home health care aides, day training personnel, private duty nurse aides, or individuals who work in some health-related job providing direct care.
Forsyth Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected while a resident at Hickory Point Terrace, call the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers law offices now. Let our skilled Forsyth attorneys file and handle every aspect of your financial compensation claim against all those who caused your loved one harm. Our years of experience can ensure a successful resolution and provide your family with the financial recompense they deserve.
We urge you to contact our Macon County abuse law office at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your appointment today. Speak with one of our experienced lawyers to determine all of your legal options during a comprehensive, no-obligation case review at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. This means our legal fees are paid only once we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.