Developmentally disabled individuals often suffer intellectual challenges and require the services that only an intermediate care facility (ICF) can provide. These medical care centers are bound by laws, rules and protocols that are regulated by federal and state agencies. Many times, disabled individuals can receive adequate assistance to maintain optional functioning to achieve maximum independence even with their intellectual limitations. However, not every facility provides quality of care services due to a lack of staffing, overcrowding or mismanagement.
Our team of dedicated attorneys provide legal assistance to all developmentally disabled individuals all throughout Illinois. We publish current information regarding safety concerns, opened investigations, filed complaints and health hazards at ICFs statewide. Many family members use this information to assist them in making a well informed decision before placing a loved one in an ICF.
Milestone Elmwood East
Milestone Elmwood East is a 12-bed ICF/DD facility providing medical and health services to developmentally disabled residents of Rockford and Winnebago County, Illinois. The intermediate care facility is located at:
3642 Elmwood Rd.
Rockford, IL 61103
Rockford Nursing Home Safety Concerns
Every ICF including Milestone Elmwood East must participate in annual licensure and certification surveys where investigators perform routine inspections and document reviews to protect the resident’s rights at the facility. The team of nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous complaints and safety concerns at the facility that include:
- Failure to Implement Programs to Prevent Self-Harm
In a summary of statement of deficiencies dated 09/23/2015 during an inspection of care an annual certification survey, notations were made of the facility’s failure to ensure that a resident “receive needed interventions when he would display self injurious behaviors.” This is in response to a ISP (individual service plan) dated 6/3/2015 involving a 22-year-old male resident functioning with profound intellectual disabilities and diagnosed with autism.
The incident involves a 9/21/2015 observation where the resident “hit himself in the head three times. [The home coordinator] approached [the resident] after the third time and [the resident] stopped hitting himself.” A short time later in a second incident the resident “hit himself in the head a total of 11 times while he stood in the hallway adjacent to the back living room area. [The Direct Support Person] was working with a group of clients doing art work at the table in the living room and [another staff member] was standing in the doorway at the end of the hall watching a client returned from the neighboring facility. Nobody responded or intervened while [the resident] hit himself.”
- Failure of the Staff to Demonstrate Necessary Techniques and Skills:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 07/05/2012 during an annual certification inspection of care survey, notations were made of the facility’s failure to ensure that those who “use adaptive equipment that staff demonstrate the skills and techniques necessary to implement the individual program plans for each client they are responsible for.” This is in response to an observation made on 07/02/2012 during facility day training that a resident “was wearing a protective cloth. [The resident] would use her fingers to eat her food. [The resident] was observed using her fingers to pick up applesauce from the protective cloth that she was wearing. [The resident] was not prompted by staff to use a utensil to eat with.”
According to that resident’s ISP (Individual Service Plan) dated 02/02/2012, she can “feed herself and needs reminders at times to user utensils. [The resident] does better with a spoon. [The resident] does not require special adaptive equipment.” The facility administrator acknowledged that the resident “would need an interdisciplinary meeting in order to discuss the use of protective cloth for her.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you have suffered abuse or neglect while residing at Milestone Elmwood East, or any other intermediate care facility in Illinois, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide legal assistance. Our team of dedicated attorneys can provide numerous legal options to help you seek financial compensation and hold those accountable for their actions.
We urge you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an initial free case evaluation to discuss a claim for compensation. All of your information remains confidential. We accept these cases on contingency, meaning no upfront fees or retainers are required.