Any type of peer to peer assault, mistreatment or abuse occurring in an Illinois long-term care facility must be immediately investigated by the facility’s Administrator and reported to appropriate state agencies in a timely manner. Failure to do so could place all victims in Immediate Jeopardy of recurring assaults that could cause harm, injury or death. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal services to abused, injured or mistreated patients residing at Illinois long-term care centers like Hunt Terrace.
This LTC Home is a16-certified-bed Center providing cares and services to residents of Kankakee and Kankakee County, Illinois. The ‘for profit’ Facility is located at:
1180 S. Fourth St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
Kankakee LTC Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government LTC home regulatory agency routinely updates their statewide nursing facility database system. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH – ltc.dph.illinois.gov) information contains a historical list of incident inquiries, safety concerns, health violations, dangerous hazards, filed complaints, and opened investigations of every facility in each county.
The Kankakee County abuse and neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this long-term care home including:
- Failure to Investigate Peer-To-Peer Aggression Causing Injury and Requiring Hospitalization and Reporting Multiple Incidents to the Appropriate State Agencies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 11/12/2015, an Illinois state surveyor performed an annual licensure and certification survey, noting the facility’s failure to “conduct a thorough investigation of an individual experience seven inpatient psychiatric hospitalizations after acts of physical aggression against staff and other individuals who live in the home. This failure potentially affects all residents served” in the facility.
As a part of the investigation, the surveyor reviewed the facilities 11/09/2015 and 11/10/2015 Incident Reports that revealed a resident had “started throwing items in the home that scratched and pushed a Direct Service Person (DSP), 911 was called and [the resident] was admitted to the hospital.”
Documentation revealed that on 01/09/2015, the resident “walked in telling staff to give him his medicine. The staff asked him to wait for his medication.” The resident “finished then through items and attacked staff. The incident failed to show evidence that the facility conducted an investigation.”
On 02/02/2015, letter to the Illinois Department of Health revealed that the resident “threatened to harm himself, other residents and staff, 911 was called and [the resident] was admitted to the hospital. The incident failed to have evidence that an incident report was written or that the facility investigated.”
A note without a title was reviewed on 02/18/2015 that provided an update on the resident indicating that “he is being admitted and he did break a table lamp at the facility trying to throw it at staff/residents, when he grabbed the lamp he hit himself in the face and broke his glasses. His newest behaviors getting in the face of other residents and yelling at them that they stole his ‘whatever’.”
A 05/10/2015 Progress Notes revealed that the resident “hit, spit, cursed, pulled staff care, through a printer and lamp on the floor, threatened to hit everyone in the house, 911 was called and [the resident] was hospitalized. The incident lacked evidence that an investigation was conducted.”
Again on 06/02/2015, the resident “displayed physical aggression the staff, 911 was called and [the resident] was hospitalized. The facility failed to show evidence that an investigation was conducted. On 08/02/2015, the resident “was admitted to the inpatient psychiatric unit after throwing objects, hit a female staff in the head, spit in the face of a police officer and pulled the fire alarm.” Documents on 08/26/2015 revealed a “peer to peer incident, [the resident] was aggressive to [another resident]. On 08/31/2015, a peer to peer incident was documented, where the resident “was aggressive to [another resident].
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff an Administrator failed to follow the facility’s policy titled Physical Injury and Illness/Individual Medical Emergencies that reads in part:
“The Quality/Administrator shall conduct any necessary interviews and inquiries to establish the probable cause of the injury and documents the findings on the Progress Notes.”
“The Quality Intellectual Disabilities Professional (QIDP) will transfer any pertinent information from the Progress Notes about the incident onto the Quality Assurance Meeting.”
“The investigation Committee shall be responsible for the following: To protect individuals from harm… Any home employee or agent who witnesses or suspects a violation of individual rights, peer to peer shall immediately use the following protocol… The committee member shall meet to review allegations, conduct interviews and examine the information available that is pertinent to the incident.”
Kankakee Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If your loved one is suffering from abuse, neglect or mistreatment while residing at Hunt Terrace, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our Kankakee LTC home attorneys can represent your family in cases that involve mistreatment, neglect, and abuse. Our law firm will work on your behalf to ensure your loved one and family receives sufficient financial compensation for your damages.
Schedule your free, no-obligation comprehensive financial claim review today by calling our Kankakee County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. No upfront retainers or fees are required because we accept every nursing home abuse claim for compensation through contingency fee arrangements.