Any allegation or incident involving abuse of an Illinois nursing home patient must be immediately investigated by the facility administrator and reported to the State Agency in accordance with state laws. Any failure to do so could place the well-being of the victim and other residents in the facility in grave danger. Unfortunately, not all nursing home administrators follow the law and instead decide on their own which cases must be reported to the Agency. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have represented many Illinois nursing home residents who have been abused at skilled nursing homes like Shawnee Rose Care Center.
Shawnee Rose Care Center
This Nursing Center is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved ‘for profit’ Home providing services to residents of Harrisburg and Saline County, Illinois. The 68-bed Home is located at:
1000 West Sloan Street
Harrisburg, IL 62946
As a part of the Peterson Health Care System, Shawnee Rose Care Center provides memory care, Alzheimer’s care, skilled nursing care and the Peterson Pathways Rehabilitation Program.
Harrisburg 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-operated regulatory agencies routinely update their list of opened investigations, filed complaints, safety concerns and health violations on nursing homes nationwide.
Currently, Shawnee Rose Care Center maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the Medicare national comparison analysis rating system. This includes four out of five stars for quality measures, three out of five stars for staffing concerns and two out of five stars for health inspections. The Saline County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC have reviewed numerous safety concerns and deficiencies at this facility including:
- Failure to Investigate a Report Allegations or Incidents Involving Abuse and Neglect
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2016, a state investigator noted when performing an annual licensure and certification survey that the facility failed to “investigate and report an allegation of abuse.” The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a completed Abuse Investigation Questionnaire documented by the facility Administrator on 11/05/2015 and a housekeeper interviewed “as part of an abuse allegation investigation involving a resident no longer at the facility.”
The incident involved a Licensed Practical Nurse that a resident claimed was “kind of rough with talk, jerk shirt, and pull arm.” The facility Administrator verified on the morning of 02/17/2016 that the questionnaire was completed and that the housekeeper informed the Administrator that they “had witnessed [the resident] walking into the nurse’s station, and [a Licensed Practical Nurse was] telling the resident that the resident should not be in that area and [the resident] kept repeatedly asking ‘Why?’" The housekeeper stated that the Licensed Practical Nurse "spoke loudly and close to [the resident’s] face and said ‘because it’s the damn nurse's station.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility Director of Nursing on the morning of 02/18/2016 with the Administrator. Both stated that “they did not consider [comments by the Licensed Practical Nurse] as an abuse allegation because it was made while they were investigating another incident and confirmed that they did not report it to the Illinois Department of Public Health” as required by law.
The Director stated that they “did not believe [the LPN] would willfully hurt anyone.” When the investigator asked if the Licensed Practical Nurse “was interviewed about the alleged incident with [the resident, the Director] stated she believed she did and would locate the interview.” However, no documentation on the interview could be found.
- Failure to Develop, Implement or Enforce Abuse Policies
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 02/19/2016, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure to “implement its Abuse Prevention Program Policy for investigating reporting allegations of abuse.”
The investigator confirmed that the allegations of abuse above were not reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health until nearly 3.5 months after an allegation of abuse involving a resident was first documented. The state investigator noted that the actions by the administrator and management at the facility failed to follow their revised 11/11/2011 Abuse Prevention Program Facility Policy that reads in part:
“Once the Administrator… Receives an allegation of mistreatment of neglect or abuse, including injuries of unknown source…; The administrator will appoint a person to take charge of the investigation.”
“The facility must ensure that all alleged violations involving mistreatment, neglect or abuse, including injuries of unknown source… and reasonable suspicion of a crime are reported immediately to the Administrator the facility and other officials in accordance with the State Law through established procedures.”
Harrisburg Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your loved one was the victim of abuse, mistreatment or neglect while residing at Shawnee Rose Care Center, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC today. Allow our skilled Harrisburg attorneys to successfully resolve your abuse, neglect or mistreatment case that caused your loved one harm.
We encourage you to contact our Saline County elder abuse law offices by calling (888) 424-5757 today to schedule your free, full case review. No upfront fees are necessary because our law firm accepts every personal injury case, wrongful death lawsuit, and nursing home abuse/neglect claim for compensation through a contingency fee agreement.