Sadly, abuse and mistreatment against elderly residents in nursing facilities is an all too common occurrence. In fact, the elder abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many victims of nursing home abuse who have suffered harm at the hands of their caregivers.
Unfortunately, many cases involving abuse and mistreatment are rarely reported to nurse supervisors, administrators, state agencies or other proper authorities. In many incidences, the resident may be hesitant to tell others due to embarrassment or fear of retaliation. Family members are often unaware that their loved one has been victimized because many signs of abuse and mistreatment have no warning signs or indicators.
Our Belvidere nursing home neglect attorneys offer our services of legal advocacy to every Illinois nursing home resident. We continuously review, assess and evaluate publicly available data and publish the information in an effort to assist families facing the undesirable task of placing a loved one in a nursing facility in their community.
Park Place of Belvidere
Park Place of Belvidere is a for-profit care facility participating in Medicare/Medicaid and houses 80 beds. The facility is located at:
1701 Fifth Avenue
Belvidere, Illinois 61008
Their services include short term and long term skilled nursing care, rehabilitation, IV therapy, and psychiatric services for residents of Belvidere, and Boone and Winnebago counties.
Belvidere Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
The federal government routinely updates their national nursing home information database and publishes the data on Medicare.gov. This information is used as a comparative tool to evaluate and assess nursing homes nationwide. Currently, Park Place of Belvidere maintains a one out of five available stars, meaning they are ranked well below national averages of nursing homes throughout the United States.
Our Boone and Winnebago County nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous opened investigations, filed complaints, health violations and safety concerns involving this facility. Two of these include:
- Failure to Immediately Investigate and Report Any Act or Any Reported Act of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/13/2015, a state surveyor made a notation during an annual licensure and certification survey concerning the facility's failure to "immediately report two allegations of abuse to abuse coordinator.” This deficient practice of the nursing staff at Park Place of Belvidere affected two residents at the facility.
A preliminary investigation generated by the facility “shows an allegation of abuse for [a resident that occurred in the resident’s room] on 01/09/2015 at 9:10 PM. The investigation report shows that [a Certified Nursing Assistant inform the Administrator of a] Registered Nurse speaking to [the resident] in a derogatory manner with a raised voice. The report does not show when [the Administrator] was notified of the allegation.” The state investigator noted that the Certified Nursing Assistant [did not report the allegation until the next day (01/10/2015] at around 8:00 AM.”
In a second incident noted in a facility preliminary investigation report documents an allegation of abuse that occurred on 03/15/2015 at 4:00 AM” with the resident and a Registered Nurse. The incident involved an agitated resident attempting to exit the nursing facility. As a result, a Registered Nurse “ran outside and wrapped his arms around [the resident’s] neck and drag them back in the building forcefully.”
The deficient practices of the nursing staff at Park Place of Belvidere violates the facility’s December 2013 Abuse Prevention Program Policy that reads in part: “Employees are required to report any incident, allegation or suspicion of potential abuse, neglect, mistreatment or misappropriation of resident property they observe, hear about or suspect to the Administrator immediately or to an immediate supervisor who must then immediately reported to the Administrator.”
- Failure to Provide Every Resident a Safe, Easy to Use, Clean and Comfortable Area
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 05/13/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure the resident’s environment and equipment were clean and free of debris.” The deficient practice by the nursing staff and employees at Park Place of Belvidere “has the potential to affect all 50 residents in the facility.”
As part of the investigation, the surveyor noted that “on 05/11/2015 and 05/12/2015, the mechanical lift base on the 300 Hallway was covered with white debris. The mechanical lifts in the 100 Hall shower room and 200 Hall bathroom were splattered with brown debris. The sit-to-stand lift by the 300 Hall to nurse’s station had a brown discolored sugar packet crusted to the foot base [...and] the wheelchair scale in the 200 wing bathroom was littered with debris.”
Belvidere Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one has been abused, neglected or mistreated while residing in any nursing facility in Illinois, including Park Place of Belvidere, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can provide immediate legal intervention. Our legal team can assist you in navigating the legal system. We can serve as your advocate to ensure that your loved one receives the justice and financial compensation they deserve. Pursuing legal action against the nursing facility that harmed your loved one can help prevent further mistreatment, abuse or neglect of others in the future.
We encourage you to make contact with our Belvidere elder abuse law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule your no obligation, free full case review. All personal injury and elder abuse claims for compensation are handled through contingency fee arrangements, meaning no upfront fees are required.