Caregiver abuse in Illinois nursing facilities is an all too common occurrence that jeopardizes the health and well-being of all patients. Unfortunately, not all nursing staff members are competently trained on the rules, regulations, and protocols involving staff-to-resident and resident-to-resident abuse, including how to report the incident and take necessary measures to stop the inappropriate behavior. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers provide legal representation, advice, and counsel to residents of Illinois nursing skilled facilities like Wesley Village who have been neglected, abused and mistreated.
This Nursing Home is a Medicaid/Medicare-approved church-affiliated ‘not for profit’ Center providing services to residents of Macomb and McDonough County, Illinois. The 73-certified-bed Nursing Facility is located at:
1200 East Grant Street
Macomb, Il 61455
In addition to providing rehabilitation services, the facility also offers memory care, skilled nursing care, home services and respite care.
Macomb Nursing Home Resident Safety Concerns
Families can download statistics on Medicare.gov to view a historical list of all opened investigations, safety concerns, filed complaints and health violations of every facility nationwide. The information can be used to determine the level of health and hygiene care every community nursing home provides its in-house patients.
Currently, Wesley Village maintains an overall two out of five available star rating in the nationwide Medicare summary comparison analysis system. This includes four out of five stars for staffing concerns, two out of five stars for quality measures and one out of five stars for health inspections. The McDonough County nursing home neglect attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers have reviewed and evaluated various safety concerns, violations and deficiencies at this nursing facility that include:
- Failure to Follow Procedures and Protocols to Protect Residents against Caregiver Assault
In a summary statement of deficiencies dated 03/21/2016, the state investigator noted during a partial extended survey that the facility failed to “protect the resident from repeated verbal and physical abuse by a staff member.” It was also noted that “this failure resulted in [the resident] suffering severe shoulder pain causing [the resident] to scream as a result of the physical abuse by a staff member.”
The deficient practice was first noted in the state investigator’s findings after reviewing a facility 03/03/2016 Administrator Abuse/Neglect Investigation Report regarding a resident. The documents revealed that a Licensed Practical Nurse reported an abuse incident to the Social Services Director on the afternoon of 03/03/2016.”
The Incident Report indicated that “last night around 10:00 PM, a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) witnessed the treatment of a resident that [they] did not feel was appropriate.” The facility’s Social Services Director “reported the incident to the Administrator immediately and initiated an investigation.”
The witness account involved an observation of a resident being “given a whirlpool bath around 8:30 PM on 03/02/2016 by a Certified Nursing Assistant.” The reporting CNA said that they “entered the whirlpool room as [they] heard [the resident] yelling [while they were] sitting on the bath chair.” At that time, the attending CNA “was working on getting [the resident’s] clothes off to begin the bath.” During the incident, the attending Certified Nursing Assistant pulled the resident’s arms up and forced the resident’s hands into the resident’s mouth while saying “go ahead, bite yourself.”
When the attending CNA saw the witnessing CNA, they stated “don’t even start, I’m having a bad day.” After leaving the room and walking past the room some time later, the witnessing CNA saw the attending CNA “spray water directly into [the resident’s] eyes.”
The state investigator interviewed the facility’s Administrator on 03/16/2016 who verified that on 03/02/2016 a Certified Nursing Assistant “witnessed [another CNA] physically and verbally abuse [the resident].” The Administrator verified that the CNA who witnessed the account immediately reported the incident to their superiors who did not report the incident to the Administrator “until around 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM the next day (03/03/2016).” The Administrator also stated that the witnessing Certified Nursing Assistant “should have pulled [the CNA perpetrator) out of the shower room, initially, and report it to the nurse immediately.”
In addition, the Administrator said that the perpetrator “should have been suspended immediately. The incident should have been reported on 03/02/2016” just after the incident was witnessed.
The investigator interviewed the facility’s medical Director/resident’s physician on the morning of 03/17/2016 who stated “I expect residents most definitely to be free of abuse. This incident is definitely considered abuse. [The resident] has degenerate joint disease of both shoulders, gout, and is diabetic.… Telling [the resident] to bite self and spring [the resident] in the face is horrible. I do not know of any other definition of abuse besides these acts.”
Macomb Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers
If you suspect your parent, grandparent, spouse or loved one was abused while residing at Wesley Village, contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today. Our knowledgeable Macomb attorneys have years of experience in handling cases that involve mistreatment, neglect, and abuse occurring in nursing facilities throughout Illinois.
Schedule a complimentary, no obligation comprehensive claim evaluation today by calling our McDonough County elder abuse law offices at (888) 424-5757. Our law firm does not require any upfront payment because we accept all nursing home neglect and abuse cases through contingency fee arrangements.