Once again, in a state with a historically poor record of performance when it comes to nursing home quality of care, incidents of abuse, and pervasive neglect, there have been two mysterious deaths that warrant investigation and possible legal action. At the Cahokia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Cahokia, in the southwest corner of Illinois, two elderly patients – a 76 year old man and an 86 year old woman – sadly died in seemingly separate incidents that, as reported, may have occurred as the result of neglect. In one instance, the 76 year old male resident died after choking on his oatmeal, and could not be properly resuscitated by staff because he was “tied to a chair.” The 86 year old woman was hospitalized after she threw up bile, and died one day later.
Both incidents occurred in April of this year. Local reports cited the nursing home director’s comments that other complaints had been lodged against the facility regarding the level of care provided to residents, though there were no further details. The latter incident has reportedly been investigated by the state police, and according to records there were two cases investigated by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and it is believed that these were the two incidents investigated, although this has yet to be publicly confirmed to do privacy rules. Based on the published investigation (linked above), the facility must come up with a plan of correction to fix problems.