Many families have no other option than to place a loved one in a nursing facility in the hopes that they will receive the highest quality medical care and hygiene assistance. Unfortunately, many nursing home residents become victims at the hands of their caregivers who are in charge of providing their care. Sadly, the Clinton elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many residents who have been abused, neglected or mistreated.
Statistics released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) reveal that there are nearly 1 million cases of elder abuse occurring in the United States every year. Many of these incidences occurring in nursing facilities, including those in the state of Illinois. Anytime a caregiver is negligent or mistreats a resident, they and the facility can be held liable for their unacceptable behavior by the victim and family members through a civil action brought by an attorney who specializes in personal injury claims for compensation.Liberty Village of Clinton
Liberty Village of Clinton (formerly Manor Court of Clinton) is a 134-certified bed non-profit facility accepting Medicaid/Medicare patients. The facility is situated within a continuing care retirement community serving the residents of Clinton and DeWitt County Illinois.
1 Park Lane West
Clinton, Illinois 61727
In addition to offering skilled nursing care, Liberty Village offers supportive living services for independent residents, Alzheimer’s care, and their Bounce Back Rehabilitation program.Clinton Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Information on every nursing facility in the United States is available on state and federal database websites including Medicare.gov. Federal and state regulatory agencies routinely update the information to include opened investigations, safety concerns, health violations and filed complaints on facilities throughout the US. Currently, Liberty Village of Clinton (formally known as Manor Court of Clinton) maintains an overall two out of five available star rating compared with other nursing homes nationwide. This involves three out of five stars for staffing issues and two out of five stars for quality measures and health concerns.
Our Clinton nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened investigations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these concerns include:
- Failure to Provide Care for Every Resident in a Way That Builds or Maintains Their Dignity and Respect of Individuality
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 04/28/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "ensure dignity for [a resident] when a staff member spoke to [the resident] in a loud and disrespectful tone. The staff member also removed an object from [the resident’s] grasp against [their] wishes.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff at Liberty Village of Clinton involves the resident who is “severely cognitively impaired and requires extensive assistance with two staff members for bed mobility and transfers.”
The failure was first documented in the 04/07/2016 Final Investigation Report at the facility noting that at 1:50 PM, on 04/02/2016, the facility’s Director of Nurses received a phone call from the Assistant Director of Nurses claiming that “a verbal altercation had occurred between [a resident and a Licensed Practical Nurse].” The Assistant Director of Nursing was documenting the incident because of its escalation.” At the time of the incident, a resident at the facility call the Certified Nursing Assistant “into her room and pointed to a clothing protector and bedsheet that had crumbs laying on top of it.” The Certified Nursing Assistant told the resident “that it was toast crumbs from breakfast this morning [...and] tried to remove the clothing protector [when the resident] became upset.” The incident escalated to the point where the Certified Nursing Assistant approached the resident in the room and [the CNA] became very loud and told [the resident] there were no bugs on the clothing protector” and that the Certified Nursing Assistant “was going to remove the clothing protector in the room.” At that point, both the CNA and resident “started yelling at each other and were pointing fingers in each other’s faces.”
The acting Administrator stated 11:35 AM on 04/27/2016 that they had “investigated the incident as an allegation of verbal altercation.” The Administrator claimed that “I followed the company’s investigation policies [...and] did not feel [that the Certified Nursing Assistant] had the intent to abuse a resident [… but] was rude and discourteous to [the resident], by following the facility’s policies [the Certified Nursing Assistant] was discharged from our employment.”
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies That Prevent Mistreatment, Neglect or Abuse of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 01/14/2016, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "operationalize their Abuse Prevention Policy by failing to check the Health Care Worker Register for disqualifying offenses for one of 10 direct care staff and failing to check the license status of three nurses prior to allowing them to perform direct resident care. These failures have the potential to affect all 120 residents residing at the facility.”
If you suspect your loved one is the victim of negligence or abuse while residing in any Illinois nursing facility, including Liberty Village of Clinton, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal assistance. Our team of dedicated DeWitt County elder abuse lawyers can take appropriate measures to hold those responsible for the harm legally and financially accountable.
We urge you to make contact today with our Clinton nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We accept nursing home neglect cases on contingency, to avoid the need of making any upfront payment.