Placing an elderly loved one a nursing facility is usually a gut-wrenching decision made by caring family members. This is because our seniors are often the most vulnerable among us. Additionally, nursing home abuse is an all too common occurrence, affecting nearly 150,000 seniors every year. In fact, the Joliet nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers handle many cases involving residents who suffered mental, emotional and physical abuse in nursing facility statewide.
Our team of seasoned attorneys remain dedicated to serving as legal advocates to vulnerable elders residing in Illinois nursing homes, assisted living facilities and health care centers. We post the most up to date publicly available data on safety concerns in Illinois nursing homes. This information can help family members make a fully informed decision when choosing to place their loved one in a home who requires the best care for their health and hygiene.Joliet Terrace Nursing Center
Joliet Terrace Nursing Center is a 120-bed Medicare-certified nursing center that provides medical care to residents of Joliet and Will County, Illinois. The facility is located at:
2230 McDonoughNursing Facility Residents Safety Concerns
Joliet, IL 60436
The federal government through www.Medicare.gov routinely updates their star rating summary system that reflects the current status of nursing facilities nationwide. Currently, Joliet Terrace Nursing Center maintains an overall one out of five star rating, which is much below average compared to other nursing homes in the United States. This includes a one out of five stars for health inspections, two out of five stars for staffing and four out of five stars for quality measures.
The Joliet nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints against Joliet Terrace Nursing Center involving abuse. These include:
- Failure to Immediately Report an Allegation of Abuse on a Resident:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/20/2011 during an annual licensure and certification survey, it was noted that the facility “failed to ensure that an allegation of abuse involving [a resident] was immediately reported to the administrator which resulted in a delay in their investigation.” This is in response to a 50-year-old male diagnosed with cerebral palsy and schizophrenia who had been found “to have another resident’s cell phone on his person. Resident gave staff the phone and it was returned to its rightful owner.”
The following day, the 50-year-old male indicated that “staff abused him and roughed him up while searching for [the phone].” They head nurse on duty was not made aware of the incident nor was an investigation immediately initiated, which can place the safety and well-being of other residents in the facility in jeopardy.
- Failure to Report and Investigate Alleged Abuse Incidences:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/08/2009, during an annual licensure and certification survey, it was noted that the “facility failed to report and investigate incidences of unusual occurrences to rule out abuse, neglect and mistreatment [involving two residents]. This is in response to results from laboratory tests that a resident “tested positive for Cocaine and Marijuana on 5/15/09.” Additionally, five other residents at the facility at the time “tested positive for either Cocaine and/or Marijuana.”
In nurses notes dated 5/15/09, it was indicated that “in the past he went out and got drunk and police took him to hospital from the store.” In addition, “it was noted that [the resident] demonstrated to be a danger to self and others, using illicit drugs and supplying other peers, acting in a threatening manner toward staff and peers, escalating without successful redirection.”
If you, or a loved one, have suffered abuse, assault, mistreatment or neglect while residing at any nursing facility in Illinois, including Joliet Terrace Nursing Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can help. Our experienced Joliet nursing home abuse attorneys can take legal steps to stop the harm immediately to ensure your safety and well-being.
We urge you to call our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 or speak with us through our online chat rooms now to schedule your initial, free consultation. We accept abuse, mistreatment and neglect cases on contingency. This means you receive immediate legal representation without the need of paying any upfront fees.