Resident to resident assault is a serious problem in nursing facilities all throughout the state of Illinois. Some residents can become agitated and violent and cause significant harm or injury to other residents in the facility. Sadly, the attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have seen Toulon residents who have suffered serious injury, abuse, and mistreatment at the hands of other residents in their nursing home.
By law, the nursing facility is required to take every step necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of all of their residents. If the staff fails to develop an effective plan of care and interventions or fails to follow the plan of care and interventions, the facility can be held legally and financially liable to the victim and their families.Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center
Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center is a 136-certified bed Peterson Health Care Network facility providing nursing services to residents of Toulon and Stark County, Illinois. The Medicare/Medicaid-participating for-profit facility is located at:
Highway 17 East
Toulon, Illinois 61483
The Center offers their Pathways Rehabilitation program which encompasses physical, occupational, and speech therapy. They also offer skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s/memory care, and respite care.Toulon Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
To ensure that the American public remains fully informed about nursing facilities in the United States, both the state of Illinois and the federal government routinely update their nursing home database system. The updated information can be found numerous websites including Medicare.gov.
Currently, Toulon Rehabilitation and Health Care Center maintains an overall one out of five available star rating in the federal star rating summary system. This includes three out of five stars for staffing issues and one out of five stars for both quality measures and health concerns. Our Toulon nursing home neglect attorneys have found numerous complaints and safety concerns that caused actual harm to the residents at the facility. Some of these concerns involve:
- Failure to Provide Every Resident an Environment Free of Accident Hazards and Risks and Failure to Provide Adequate Supervision to Prevent Avoidable Accidents
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 09/03/2015, the state investigator noted the facility’s failure “to supervise [a resident] during episodes of agitation and aggression, resulting in [the resident] causing injury to [another resident].” An investigation into the situation included a review of a resident’s 09/08/2015 New Admission Information Form that documented the resident’s “court ordered healthcare guardian and financial guardian.”
The resident’s 09/09/2015 Psychotropic Medication Progress Notes documents the resident was admitted to the facility from the local hospital emergency room “due to unfit home environment.” The judge appointed an attorney at law as the resident’s responsible guardian who is given sole control over the resident, and the resident’s spouse at the facility “has no authority to remove [the severely cognitively impaired resident] from the facility.”
On the day of admission to the facility, the 09/08/2015 Resident Nurse’s Notes documents of the spouse wanted to take the resident home. Two days later on 09/10/2015, the facility Incident Report Form (State Agency) notification documented that “the facility was notified by the local bank about [the resident’s] spouse making threatening statements about removing [the resident] from the facility [...and] was in the bank asking for help in getting [the resident] home.”
The bank president stated that the spouse said: “I guess the only way I can get [the resident] out of the nursing home is to going there with a machine gun.” Because of the notification from the bank, the facility was put on lockdown in the local Sheriff’s office was contacted. Temporary guardianship has been assigned to [the Attorney-At-Law Guardian].”
The spouse’s 09/14/2015 History and Physical (H & P) documents that upon calling the resident’s “daughter-in-law, the [spouse] was recently placed in a nursing home [...and] is apparently reported to have been increasingly forgetful, more demented, more angry and agitated, so much that [the spouse] becomes violent.”
- Failure to Ensure That Every Resident Remain Safe in Their Environment and Free from Resident to Resident Abuse
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/09/2016, a complaint investigation was opened against the facility for its failure to "maintain one-on-one observation for [a resident] reviewed for resident to resident altercations.” The state investigator noted the incident involved the observation of a resident’s “hand on the chest of another resident, holding the other resident against the door.”
As a part of an intervention, the facility developed a plan for continuous one-on-one observation. However, at 1:00 PM on 03/08/2016, a Licensed Practical Nurse “went to the medication room” instead of remaining in the room to ensure one-on-one observation was maintained. The facility’s Administrator stated that “continuous one-on-one observation can only be stopped after an interdisciplinary team meeting that includes at least myself (the Administrator) and staff working with the resident.”
If your loved one was the victim of residents to resident assault while residing in any Illinois nursing facility including Toulon Rehab and Health Care Center, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers can take legal steps to stop the abuse now. Our Stark County elder abuse lawyers have years of experience in handling nursing home abuse and mistreatment cases and can take quick action to file a claim on your behalf for the financial compensation you deserve.
We urge you to contact our Toulon Illinois nursing home abuse law firm at (888) 424-5757 today to schedule an appointment for your free, no-obligation case evaluation. No upfront fees are required because we accept all personal injury cases on contingency.