Even though living in a nursing facility already heightens emotional distress, many residents live in fear from a lack of protection by the nursing staff. In fact, the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have been victimized by other residents at their facility.
Resident to resident assault in nursing facilities is an all too common problem in nursing facilities all throughout Illinois. This is because many cognitively impaired and behavior-challenged individuals live in the general population of the nursing facility. If the facility is understaffed or staffed with improperly trained Registered Nurses, Certified Nursing Aides, Licensed Practical Nurses, doctors and employees, the rights to protection of the resident can be easily violated.Presence Pine View Care Center
Presence Pine View Care Center is located in Kane County, this facility houses 120 beds, accepts Medicaid/Medicare, and is non-profit, church related. Presence Pine View is located at:
611 Allen Lane
St. Charles, Illinois 60174
Their short stay rehabilitation facility provides a variety of services including post-surgical recovery, joint replacement rehab, cardiac rehab, and stroke care and recovery. The Care Center also provides round the clock skilled nursing care, respiratory care, and pain management through electrical stimulation and ultrasound treatments.Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Throughout the year, the federal government through its website portal Medicare.gov routinely updates comparative information on nursing facilities all throughout the United States. Currently, Presence Pine View Care Center maintains a three out of five available star rating, which would be considered an overall average ranking.
However, our St. Charles nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have found numerous opened complaints, filed investigations and safety concerns involving Presence Pine View Care Center. One of these concerns involves resident to resident mistreatment and the facility’s failure to report an allegation of abuse to the appropriate state and federal agencies.
- Failure to Protect Residents from Abuse from Other Residents at the Facility
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/21/2015, a notation was made during an annual licensure and certification survey by a state investigator concerning the facility's failure to "ensure resident is protected from mistreatment by another resident.” The failure by the facility resulted in a resident “experiencing threat further safety” by being afraid of another resident and as a result that led to “emotional distress.”
On 08/20/2015, the resident stated that another resident “come into her room during the night a few weeks ago and he was undressed at the bottom.” The female resident said that the male resident had “come into her room before but she always told him to get out stating that the male resident’s “room was across the hall from her. I told the nurses’ aide about it and the aide said not to worry, he was probably disoriented.” The Certified Nurses’ Aide on duty did confront the resident, “but he came in any way that night with no pants.”
The Administrator at the facility talked with the resident who was “very emotional, scared and felt as a threat for safety.” The resident indicated that after the male resident “came in partially naked, she barricaded herself in her room for a few nights using a chair under the door handle. She realized putting her chair against the door would interfere with a nurse’s work had to do something. [The male resident] stayed in the room across from her until he was discharged about two weeks later.”
- Failure to Report or Investigate Any Act or Report of Abuse, Neglect or Mistreatment of Residents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 08/21/2015, a notation was made by a state surveyor during an annual licensure and certification survey involving the facility's failure to "report an allegation of mistreatment to the Department and investigate the allegation of mistreatment to rule out potential abuse in a timely manner.”
The failure involved the incident stated above that the facility neglected “to make any allegation of abuse” to the state agencies as required by law. In addition, the deficient practice of the nursing staff and administrator at Presence Pine View Care Center failed to follow their own Abuse Prohibition Policy and Procedure that indicates all allegations of abuse will be reported to the Department immediately.
Many nursing home residents are neglected, abused or mistreated by another resident at the facility. Without proper protection, the victims are often left to live a life alone in fear.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers fight aggressively for victims of nursing home abuse all throughout Illinois. Our lawyers’ commitment and passion has helped us attain justice and compensation for our clients.
If you, or your loved one, have suffered serious neglect, abuse or mistreatment while residing at Presence Pine View Care Center or any other facility in Illinois, our legal team can help. We urge you to contact our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to arrange for your free, initial consultation. We accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements. This means we provide you immediate legal representation without the need of any upfront retainer or fees. All information you share with our law offices will remain confidential.