As nursing homes go, Adloff Place is a very small facility with less than twenty patients in Southern Illinois. Unlike traditional nursing homes, Adloff Place has a predominately young and mentally disabled patient base.
In a recent Quarterly Report of nursing homes, the Illinois Department of Health issued a ‘type A’ violation and fined the facility $15,000 for incidents relating to improper patient care. In addition to providing inadequate staff training for mentally retarded patients, state nursing home surveyors cited Adloff Place for failing to prevent abuse and neglect. Specifically, Adloff had the following violations:
- Failed to create and enforce policies and procedures to ensure sexual relationships are between consenting parties and without any coercion
- Failing to investigate incidents involving suspected sexual abuse
- Failing to protect patients from abusive acts carried out by other patients
- Inadequately supervising a patient who ate toxic paint– despite the fact that the patient had a known propensity to ‘drink dark liquids’ uncontrollably
The above conditions were found following nursing home surveyors inspection of the Adloff Place. During the inspection, nursing home investigators conducted a review of patients charts and interviews with patients, nursing home employees and patients’ family.
Certainly, sexual abuse, patient abuse and improper supervision has no place in Illinois Nursing Homes. Hopefully, the combination of the nursing home fine as well as a permanent public record created by this survey will help improve the care patients— current and future receive at this facility.
If you have a loved one at Adloff Place Nursing Home and fear they may have been mistreated by; other patients or staff– I would honor the opportunity to discuss the situation with you and discuss your potential legal options.
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