Every incident or allegation involving abuse in an Illinois nursing facility must be investigated immediately by the facility Administrator and reported to the State Agency within 24 hours. These protocols ensure that any victim of physical, emotional, mental or sexual assault is protected from further attacks. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes follow these procedures. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have provided legal representation to many injured patients who have suffered sexual abuse while residing at Illinois nursing facilities like Paris Healthcare Center.
Paris Health Care Center
This facility is a 128-certified-bed Medicaid/Medicare-participating Nursing Home providing cares and services to residents of Paris and Edgar County, Illinois. The ‘for-profit’ Center is located at:
1011 North Main Street
Paris, IL 61944
Paris Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Detailed information on each nursing facility in the US can be obtained on state and federal database sites including Medicare.gov. These government regulatory agencies regularly update their list of opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations on nursing homes nationwide.
Currently, Paris Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes two out of five stars for quality measures and staffing concerns, and one out of five stars for health inspections. The Edgar County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found many deficiencies and health violations at this nursing home that include:
- Failure to Investigative Report Allegations Are Incidences Involving Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2016, a formal complaint against the facility was opened by a state investigator for its failure to “investigate an allegation of sexual abuse and to remove the alleged perpetrator [… another resident who was allowed] continued access to other residents… residing in the south hall of the facility.” The incident involved a cognitively intact resident diagnosed with “dementia without behavior disturbances and diabetes.”
Documentation involving the incident revealed that the resident self-propelled themselves into the facility dining room down from the South Hall at 12:30 PM on 07/20/2016 and made “inappropriate sexual acts and/or comments toward another male resident.” A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) stated that another CNA made a claim that the resident “inappropriately touched another resident “on the fly and had asked if [that resident] like that.” The CNA stated that “the incident was reported to the Administrator [...and] could not recall who the CNA was that reported the incident.
The facility Administrator stated about the same time that the CNA “had informed [them] of the incident between [both resident’s and stated] ‘I don’t recall [that CNA] telling me that [a resident] had asked [the other resident if they] liked it’.” Other eyewitnesses also came forward to verify the incident did occur.
- Failure to Develop, Implement, and Enforce Policies Involving Incidences or Allegations of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2016, a complaint investigation against the facility was opened for its failure to "operationalize their Abuse Prohibition Policy, by failing to investigate, protect and not report to the State Agency an allegation of sexual abuse.” The investigator also noted the facility’s failure “to remove the alleged perpetrator, leaving 26 residents accessible to further potential sexual abuse.”
The state investigator noted that the actions by the nursing staff an administrator at the facility failed to follow the facility’s 08/10/2011 policy titled: Abuse Prevention that provides direction on the facility’s protocol on handling abuse. The policy reads in part:
“Should an incident or suspected incident of resident abuse, neglect or injury of unknown source be reported, the administrator, or his/her designee, will appoint a member of management to investigate the alleged incident…” “Allegations of abuse are reported to the State Survey Agency within 24 hours.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/11/2016, a state surveying agency opened a formal complaint against the nursing home for its failure to “supervise a resident and ensure the resident's environment was free of a slipping hazard.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff affected a severely cognitively impaired resident diagnosed with “Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.”
A Licensed Practical Nurse made a written statement on 07/31/2016 indicating that the resident was found “on the floor face down with blood on the floor.” The staff “assisted to turn [the resident] to their back to evaluate, nose split… states falling out of a chair after reaching for a table and slipping on a wet floor.”
Paris Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you believe that your parent, grandparent or spouse suffered abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing as a patient at Paris Healthcare Center, call the law offices of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC now. For years our successful Paris attorneys have in resolving Illinois nursing home abuse, neglect, and mistreatment cases, which can ensure a positive outcome in your claim for compensation.
We encourage you to contact our Edgar County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case evaluation. You are not required to pay any upfront fees or retainers because we accept all personal injury cases, wrongful death lawsuits and nursing home abuse/neglect cases through contingency fee agreements.