Every incident or allegation of sexual abuse in nursing homes must be thoroughly investigated by the facility administrator or their designee and with a pulmonary and final investigative report sent to the Survey State Agency in accordance with the law. Any failure to do so violates federal and state nursing home regulations. Unfortunately, not all facilities follow these procedures, which could place the health and well-being of the victim in immediate jeopardy. The elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many sexually assaulted patients residing in Illinois nursing facilities like Monroe Pavilion Health and Treatment Center.
Monroe Pavilion Health and Treatment Center
This Center is a ‘for profit’ providing nursing services to residents of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois. The 136-certified-bed Medicaid-approved facility Treatment Center is located at:
1400 W. Monroe St.
Chicago, IL 60607
In addition to providing psychiatric treatment, Monroe Pavilion Health and Treatment Center also offers behavioral health solutions and community re-entry programs with around the clock nursing staff and psychiatrists on-call.
Chicago Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure families are fully informed of the provided care that nursing home offers patients in their community, Illinois facility regulators routinely update their comprehensive historical list of safety concerns, health violations, filed complaints and opened investigations of Homes within the state. This information can be used to make an informed decision before placing a loved one in a facility.
The Cook County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Investigate and Report Allegations or Incidents Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/26/2014, a notation was made by a state investigator while performing an annual licensure and certification survey involving the nursing home’s failure to “report the final investigation of an alleged sexual abuse to the Survey State Agency within five working days.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected one resident at the facility.”
The failure was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after the facility Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services Coordinator stated at 10:30 AM on 09/24/2014 “that she had no idea what happened on 11/06/2013 with a sexual abuse allegation involving [the resident] grabbing [another resident’s] breast.”
The facility’s 11/06/2013 Social Service Progress Notes revealed that the Writer “was informed that [the resident] had sexually inappropriately touched a female peer.” The writer also stated that at 10:30 AM on 11/24/2014, an incident report had not been filled out and the report was not sent to IDPH (Illinois Department of Public Health) and stated that the only documentation was the Social Service Progress Notes.”
The facility’s Administrator was interviewed on the morning of 09/25/2014 and stated that “a preliminary 24-hour report had been submitted to IDPH [...and] the facility’s plenary 24-hour Incident Investigation Report read “we have received an allegation that may involve one of the following reportable offenses: Sexual Abuse.”
The report revealed that the resident “stated that [another resident] grabbed her breast two days ago [...and that] the individual alleged to have committed the incident has been removed from the resident’s contact and will remain so until the conclusion is reached concerning the allegation.” It was noted by the investigator that the facility “failed to provide the surveyor with the final report regarding the final investigation conclusion of the allegation.”
The Administrator “presented a report and stated it should have been sent to IDPH but was not. The undated report titled Illinois Department of Public Health reads ‘Based on the facts presented, the facility was able to determine that [the resident] made physical contact with [the other resident] by touching her breast inappropriately.’ The facility failed to submit a Final Investigation Report to IDPH within five days of the sexual abuse allegation” in accordance with State law.
The state investigator noted that the actions by the administrator and facility failed to follow their 2012 policy titled: Abuse Prevention Program under the subsection Final Investigation Report that reads in part:
“The investigator must report the conclusions of the investigation in writing to the Administrator or designee within five working days of the reported incident. The final investigation report shall contain the following: conclusion of the investigation based on known facts.”
The Administrator… is then responsible for forwarding a final written report of the results of the investigation and any corrective action to the Department of Public Health within five working days of the reported incident.”
Chicago Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your parent, grandparent, spouse or loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at Monroe Pavilion Health and Treatment Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our reputable Chicago attorneys can successfully resolve your abuse or mistreatment victim case on your behalf against Illinois nursing facility that caused your loved one harm.
We urge you to contact our Cook County elder abuse law office today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your free, no obligation comprehensive claim consultation. We provide immediate legal representation without any upfront payment or fee. Our legal services are paid only after we have successfully resolved your case in a court of law or through a negotiated out-of-court settlement.