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Illinois nursing home abuse: staff member coerces resident to perform sexual favors in exchange for cigarettes

An aide at the Heather Health Care Center in Harvey Illinois used cigarettes to bait a mentally ill woman into having sex with a man he was taking care of. The home was fined $30,000 by the IDPH.

These incidents of sexual abuse and patient neglect are all too common at homes like Heather Health Care Center, which is a member of the troubled nursing home chain the Alden Group.

It is unclear whether the home, as required by state law, immediately reported the abuse to the local police department. A lawsuit has been filed in Cook County.

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