Every Illinois nursing home, long-term care facility and rehabilitation center are charged with protecting the rights and well-being of every resident. Failing to do could cause significant physical, emotional or mental harm. Unfortunately, not all care centers provide adequate training or supervision of outside services including day training facilities, which is often detrimental to the well-being of the resident. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of mistreatment who reside in Illinois long-term care centers like Hickory Street Place.
Hickory Street Place
This LTC Facility is a 6-certified-bed ‘for profit’ Home providing services and cares for residents of Decatur and Macon County, Illinois. The Long-Term Care Center is located at:
3905 E. Hickory St.
Decatur, IL 62521
Decatur LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
Many families visit Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) to review the comprehensive list of all safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, opened investigations, and incident inquiries. The regularly updated historical information can be used to make a well-informed decision on which LTC facilities in the community provide the highest level of care.
The Macon County neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed serious safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this long-term care facility that include:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Neglect and Mistreatment
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 06/26/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "assure outside services meet the needs of residents.” The deficient practice that was first noted in the state investigator’s findings involves a facility 05/02/2016 investigation “in regards to client safety involving an incident involving [the resident] on 04/20/2016.”
The state investigator noted that the incident “was reported to the resident facility on 04/25/2016.” An observation was made of a resident who “was in a training room at the day training provider sitting in her wheelchair with a gait belt incorrectly placed (high on her chest above her breasts).” In addition, “it was observed that [the resident] was restrained in the wheelchair with another plastic belt which was buckled in the back of her wheelchair out of [the resident’s] reach and limited her ability to release the plastic belt.”
The documentation also revealed that “despite the restraint belts, [the resident] was observed to be sliding out of the wheelchair with her bottom off the chair. Day training staff were alerted multiple times from members of the State Review Agency wwith the late response to [the resident’s] situation. It was noted after multiple attempts to inform day training staff of [the resident’s] safety issue, [the resident] was repositioned in her wheelchair.”
As a part of the facility investigation, the Illinois Department of Public Health was informed on 04/25/2016 that the resident “was observed at the day training provider with her wheelchair containing a blue belt that was threaded through the wheelchair seat and was demonstrated to be difficult to remove and not part of the wheelchair.”
An observation was made of the resident who “was on the floor on a map wearing a gait belt during the observation [...and that the resident] would not have been able to remove the belt independently if placed in the chair and the belt was secured by a staff member.” The facility informed them Illinois Department of Public Health “that a complaint regarding resident rights/client behavior had been received by the Department and a complaint investigation had been initiated.”
It was noted that “the facility investigation concluded that the complaint investigation was completed on 05/02/2016 at the facility determined the allegation to be founded/substantiated.” The investigator noted that the actions of the facility and the outside service provider failed to follow the facility’s undated Day Training Abuse/Neglect Policy that reads in part:
“Neglect: An employee’s agency or facility’s failure to provide adequate care, maintenance, or medical services that causes an individual pain, injury or emotional distress, results in either an individual’s maladaptive behavior or the deterioration of an individual’s visible condition or mental condition, or places an individual’s health or safety at substantial risk.”
“Reporting: All employees are required to report any incidents of defined misconducts to their supervisor immediately upon becoming aware of the misconduct.”
The investigator noted that the “State review agency in the residential facility investigation did not provide a review of the safety concerns observed at the day training agency by the state review staff members in relation to [the resident].”
Decatur Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your loved one has suffered injury or harm while the patient at Hickory Street Place, call Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable Decatur attorneys can offer legal assistance on your behalf to ensure your case for financial compensation is successfully resolved against every party who caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Macon County abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your comprehensive compensation lawsuit evaluation at no charge to you. We accept every nursing home abuse and neglect claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements. Our legal fees are paid only after we have negotiated an out of court settlement on your behalf or have successfully resolved your recompense case in a court of law.