Every nursing home in the state of Illinois is required to follow established procedures and protocols anytime there is any incident or allegation of abuse involving a resident at the facility. These protocols are designed to protect the victim from further abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Unfortunately, the Chenoa elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many nursing home victims who have suffered additional harm and injury from the perpetrator because the nursing staff or Administrator failed to follow the law.
Meadows Mennonite Home
Meadows Mennonite Home is a 130-certified bed Medicare/Medicaid-participating non-profit corporate nursing facility providing services to residents of Chenoa and McLean County Illinois. The facility is located at:
24588 Church Street
Chenoa, IL 61726
In addition to providing independent and assisted living options, the facility also offers memory care, skilled nursing care, and therapies.
Chenoa Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
In an effort to keep the public informed, Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system to reflect the complete history of filed complaints, opened investigations, health violations, and safety concerns. The updated information can be found on numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Meadows Mennonite Home maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the national Medicare star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for quality measures and health inspections.
The Chenoa nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, filed complaints, and investigations involving this facility. One serious deficiency occurring at the facility involved:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Any Case or Allegation of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/11/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "report allegations of verbal and physical abuse immediately to the Administrator.” In addition, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to immediately remove an alleged perpetrator from direct care, [...and a failure] to notify the State Agency.” The investigator noted that “this failure had the potential to affect all remaining residents residing on Unit #1 and #2.”
A review of the facility’s 03/11/2016 Resident Nursing Notes at 11:25 PM document that “at approximately 4:00 PM, [the resident] complained of someone covering [their] face with their hand and tried to kill [the resident].” The documentation revealed that the resident’s power of attorney [POA] “came in this evening and [the resident told the POA of the incident].” The power of attorney asked the nursing staff who was in charge of providing care to the resident.
The investigation revealed that a Licensed Practical Nurse asked the facility’s Certified Nurses’ Assistant (CNA) who was providing the resident care about the complaint. The CNA stated they had not covered the resident’s mouth and “would not do that.” The Power of Attorney was upset with the Certified Nurses’ Assistant and spoke with the facility’s Director of Nursing about the allegations of abuse.
When interviewed nearly 2 months later, the Licensed Practical Nurse stated that they had talked to the Certified Nursing Assistant on the day of the allegation in a face-to-face interview. At that time, the Licensed Practical Nurse stated that the Director of Nursing called the facility’s Administrator. However, documentation indicates that the Certified Nursing Assistant who had allegedly covered the resident’s mouth “was not removed from duty and worked [their] entire shift.”
The facility’s Director of Nursing indicated at 11:40 AM on 05/11/2016 that they “did not remember the 03/11/2016 allegation of abuse [...and] stated that the incident was reported to [them] then [the CNA] would have been removed from the floor.” The Director of Nursing “confirmed that [the CNA] worked the entire shift [on the day of the alleged incident of abuse and] confirmed that [the CNA] is still an employee of the facility and is currently working.”
The state investigator noted that the actions of the nursing staff and Administrator at Meadows Mennonite Home failed to follow established procedures and protocols enforced by nursing home regulatory agencies and the facility’s 01/06/2015 Abuse Policy that reads in part:
“Any employee who has knowledge or reason to believe that the resident has been a victim of abuse, by anyone… is under a duty to immediately report such incident or suspicion to his/her immediate supervisor and Administrator… The investigation will begin immediately… Do not make the decision yourself about whether an allegation is justified or not. All allegations must be reported.”
“If an allegation is against a [facility] staff member, then that person will be immediately placed on administrative leave pending the investigation… The Administrator and Director of Nursing or their designee will initiate an investigation immediately [...and] the preliminary investigation will be faxed immediately and not to exceed within 24 hours to the State Agency.”
Chenoa Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been injured, abused or mistreated while residing at any Illinois nursing facility including Meadows Mennonite Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take immediate action to stop the mistreatment now. Our Chenoa nursing home neglect attorneys can handle the entire process of obtaining the financial compensation the victim and their family deserves.
To successfully resolve your case for recompense, we encourage you to contact our McLean County elder abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today. We provide free, no-obligation case evaluations to determine the merits of your claim and accept all nursing home neglect cases on contingency to avoid the need of an upfront payment.