Liberty Village of Freeport
Every incident or allegation of abuse in an Illinois nursing home must be immediately reported to the facility’s Administrator and the State Agency. Failure to do so places the health and well-being of the victim and all other patients at the facility in immediate jeopardy. Unfortunately, not every nursing home adequately trains their nursing staff on procedures and protocols that protect their residents. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers represent victims of abuse who reside in Illinois nursing facilities including Manor Court of Freeport.
Manor Court of Freeport
This Nursing Home is an 117-certified-bed Center providing nursing services to residents of Freeport and Stephenson County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-accepted ‘for-profit’ facility is located at:
2170 West Navajo Drive
Freeport, IL 61032
Freeport Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can visit Medicare.gov to obtain a comprehensive historical list of all filed complaints, safety concerns, health violations and opened investigations of every facility nationwide. The publicly available information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its residents.
Currently, Manor Court of Freeport maintains an overall four out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns and quality measures and three out of five stars for health inspections. The Stephenson County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found many health violations, safety concerns and deficiencies at this nursing home including:
- Failure to Provide Cares and Treatment to Prevent the Development of a Life-Threatening Pressure Sore or Allow an Existing Pressure Sore to Heal
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/17/2016, the state agency surveyor noted the facility’s deficient practice during an annual licensure and certification survey of their failure to “implement pressure reducing interventions for a resident with a Stage II pressure injury to the right heel.” The deficient practice also involved the failure to “have a dressing in place on the resident with a Stage II pressure injury to his coccyx.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a resident’s 07/05/2016 MDS (Minimum Data Set) revealing the resident “has a Stage II pressure injury” on his coccyx.” The resident’s 06/20/2016 through 08/04/2016 Record Documentations and 08/17/2016 Physician Order Sheet (POS) show the resident “has an order for daily dressing change to cleanse the wound with wound cleanser.”
The investigator made an observation of two Certified Nursing Assistants assisting the resident on the morning of 08/17/2016 with toileting. One CNA removed the resident’s “soiled brief.” The notation was made of the resident’s “open area to his coccyx with white slough.” At that time, the Certified Nursing Assistant stated that “there was no dressing on [the resident’s] open area and did not see a dressing in his brief when she removed the brief.”
An interview was conducted with the facility Director of Nursing later that morning who stated “an open area should have a dressing on at all times. [The staff] should have notified the nurse immediately and have her [the nurse] put on the dressing to the area when [the resident] was still in the bathroom.”
- Failure to Investigate and Report an Allegation or Incident Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/25/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “recognize a derogatory statement is a potential allegation of abuse. The facility failed to do an investigation of the allegation of abuse.”
Two days earlier, the investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on 05/23/2016 who stated: “there [have been] no abuse investigations since the annual survey of 10/16/2015.” However, later that morning a certified occupational therapy assistant stated that during a therapy session, the resident “reported night shift Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) called her a B****. She immediately took [the resident] to the Social Service Director [...and] then took [the resident] to the Administrator’s Office.”
The resident described the alleged perpetrator. In response, the Administrator stated, “the only CNA fitting that description was someone who ‘did not work on the wing the [the resident] resided on’.” The Administrator also stated that “no one was suspended during the investigation [...and] the allegation was not reported because he felt it was not abuse.”
The Administrator defined verbal abuse as the use of derogatory terms [...and] in hindsight he should have reported the investigation.”
Freeport Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you and your family know that your loved one was victimized by employees, caregivers, residents or visitors while residing at Manor Court of Freeport, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable seasoned Freeport attorneys can assist your family in successfully resolving your financial compensation claim against the nursing facility, Administrator, and/or nursing staff that caused your loved one harm.
Schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive case review today by calling our Stephenson County elder abuse law offices at 888 424-5757. Make no payment upfront for our legal fees which are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case by winning at trial or negotiating an acceptable out of court settlement on your behalf.