A Special Focus Facility (SFF) is being sued by the family of Delores Green, an 84-year-old woman suffering from dementia, for allegedly failing to prevent her from being ‘repeatedly’ raped and sodomized.
The victim’s daughter, Vivian Colette Green, is suing Christian Care Home in Ferguson, Missouri for the alleged rapes after discovering her mother injuries just last month. A resident of the facility for nearly 8 years, the victim is unable to communicate, unable to walk, relies on a feeding tube, and is a diabetic. She was unable to tell her daughter what had taken place, but Vivian Green said she quickly realized that her mother had suffered sexual trauma due to the bruises and swelling on her body.
Upon discovering the injuries, Ms. Green immediately questioned staff at Christian Care Home but after feeling ignored and realizing the injuries were getting worse, she called the police. An emergency room physician conducted a rape examination, which includes a physical exam as well as a rape kit, and said her injuries were consistent with recent multiple rapes that had taken place over the course of several weeks. An investigation has identified a suspect, a fellow resident within Christian Care Home, but that suspect has not officially been named by police.
Ms. Green’s lawsuit alleges that staff failed to properly watch out for her mother, ultimately allowing her to be victimized. The family hopes that by suing, they’ll be able to bring justice to their mother and highlight and prevent further instances of elder abuse and neglect.
Special Focus Facilities and Researching Penalties at Your Loved One’s Facility
Christian Care Home has been named as a Special Focus Facility (SFF) by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and as of August, has not only spent 13 months on the list, but has been classified as “not improving.”
SFFs are considered to be the worst offenders in the nursing home industry. According to CMS, this label is reserved for nursing homes who have
- More problems than other nursing homes (about twice the average number of deficiencies),
- More serious problems than most other nursing homes (including harm or injury experienced by residents), and
- A pattern of serious problems that has persisted over a long period of time (as measured over the three years before the date the nursing home was first put on the SFF list).
These facilities typically have 18-24 months to improve the noted deficiencies or else face removal from the Medicare/Medicaid program. It is worth noting here that CMS has not been traditionally strict on this policy, with just 16% of SFF facilities removed from the program, including those who have later gone on to allow serious abuse or neglect.
Christian Care Home rates only 2 out of 5 stars (or ‘below average) on CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website and has been fined for serious violations in the recent past, including 2 federal fines. One of those fines was levied in March of 2016 for $78,000. The other was in March of 2017 for $8,453.
While finding the federal fines is easily done by looking up a facility on Nursing Home Compare, finding out the cause of the fine takes a bit more research. This information is usually found by going to the “Health Inspection” tab of each nursing home’s profile on Nursing Home Compare. From there, clicking on the full report will allow you to read through the data. You can often also find this data through a state department of public health’s website (although all states do not detail the incidents causing the fine). In this case, we went to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and found the results from the 3/4/16 survey of Christian Care Home. The report contained 75 detailed pages of infractions, including one in which two CNAs had aggressively handled a resident, digging their fingernails into the resident’s skin and pushing the resident onto their bed. The incident left the resident bruised and afraid. During that same survey, another resident was able to leave a supposedly secured unit. Surveyors also discovered that water temperatures in resident’s rooms were excessively high for multiple days.
To find out the nature of fines assessed to a nursing home in Illinois, see the list of quarterly violations through the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Current Illinois Special Focus Facilities
As of August 2018, there are 4 Illinois nursing homes on the SFF list. While all 4 facilities are listed as improving, all 4 have also been on the list for at least several months. Two of those facilities are owned by Aperion Care, a large Illinois-based chain with 32 locations throughout the state.
- Aperion Care Bloomington – Bloomington, IL (on the list for 9 months)
- Aperion Care Jacksonville – Jacksonville, IL (on the list for 11 months)
- Hello Healthcare of Champaign – Champaign, IL (on the list for 5 months)
- Wentworth Nursing & Rehab – Chicago, IL (on the list for 15 months)
If someone you love has been abused or neglected in a nursing home, you deserve answers and they deserve justice. You should never have to question whether your loved one is safe or in good hands when they are in a nursing home.
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