Abuse and neglect occurring at nursing homes, intermediate care facilities and assisted-living centers can be the result of actions of staff members and other residents. Many cases of abuse involve peer-to-peer assaults when residents are unable to protect themselves against the violent or abusive behavior of others at the facility. Cases of neglect are often the result of overworked medical professionals providing services in facilities with inadequate staffing or working with those who lack sufficient training to follow the rules and protocols to provide a safe environment.
Our nursing home abuse attorneys serve as legal advocates to every resident of nursing and intermediate care facilities throughout Illinois. We publish current data involving safety concerns, health hazards, assaults and neglect by medical teams charged with providing quality care to every resident. This information is used by family members who need to place a loved one in a quality care facility to ensure their health and hygiene needs are met.
Searles Group Home
Searles Group Home is a 12-bed ICF (Intermediate Care Facility) that provides medical, health and hygiene services to individuals suffering with developmental disabilities in Winnebago County, including Rockford Illinois. The facility is located at:
3310 Searles Ave.
Rockford, IL 61101
Rockford Nursing Home Safety Concerns
All nursing homes, assisted living centers and intermediate care facilities in Illinois are regulated by both state and federal agencies. These agencies perform routine certification and licensure surveys and handle filed complaints and opened investigations. The Rockford nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have found numerous safety concerns, investigations and complaints filed against Searles Group Home that include:
- Failure to Provide a Resident Environment Free of Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/10/2015, an incident report investigation was opened involving the facility’s failure to ensure “that written policies and procedures are implemented to prohibit mistreatment, neglect, or abuse of the client.” The incident involves ineffective treatment of clients by staff members, specifically over “peer-to-peer aggression” of a 3/4/15 altercation that occurred when a resident “scooted her chair back to get out of her chair, [a male resident] turned around wrapped both hands around her neck, started choking her then put his mouth to her head and then biting her. Staff immediately broke [the male resident’s] grip and brought [the injured resident] to the medication office and escorted [the male resident] to a chair.
The Health/Medical Status notes documented on the day of the incident indicate that the injured resident’s “whole left side by her eye is red/purple, looks like maybe some popped blood vessels in eye.”
- Failure to Provide Appropriate Measures to Maintain an Effective Incontinence Program:
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 10/13/2011, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility noting that the individual service plan (ISP) of a 40-year-old female resident suffering a profound range of mental retardation and diagnosed with cerebral palsy and seizure disorder was not being followed. This is in response to an 10/12/2011 incident where the facility failed “to ensure [that specific objectives of an incontinence program were identified to meet [the needs of a female resident].”
The 10/12/2011 at 6:30 AM incident involves observation of the resident “getting ready to take a shower next to her bedroom. [The female resident] had a disposable undergarment that was incontinent of urine.” According to a record review after psychological consultation occurring on 1/20/2011, the resident is to be checked “at bedtime and is toileted regularly.”
Rockford Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you, or your loved one, have suffered injuries, neglect or harm while residing at any intermediate care facility including Searles Group Home, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can provide immediate legal remedies. Our team of dedicated Rockford nursing home abuse attorneys can stop the harm against you and seek financial compensation for your damages.
We encourage you to make contact with our law offices today at (888) 424-5757 to schedule an initial, free no-obligation consultation to discuss your financial compensation case. We accept all personal injury claims, medical malpractice cases and nursing home abuse lawsuits on a contingency fee basis. This means you receive immediate legal representation, advice and counsel without the need of paying any upfront fee.