August 3, 2007

Sexual assault at ManorCare Nursing Home in Cook County

by Levin & Perconti

An alleged sexual assault at a ManorCare nursing home facility in Rolling Meadows, Illinois has led the state to claim that ManorCare failed to protect the woman from being abused. Nursing home abuse and neglect has been found by the Illinois Department of Public Health at many ManorCare facilities recently and the Rolling Meadows facility has already received a $20,000 fine from the department. In this particular instance, state officials said that a 71-year-old mentally disabled woman was sexually assaulted by a 62-year-old man with dementia in the middle of the afternoon. The investigation led to claims that the home failed to protect the victim and failed to supervise the assaulter, who had been caught inappropriately touching another woman's breasts only three months before. When an employee heard cries from the TV room where the woman was being assaulted, he was unable to get in and prevent further harm because the door was locked. It seems questionable that a nursing home facility with mentally disabled residents would have internal locks on community rooms. The state also alleges that the ManorCare facility failed to report the attack to police, a duty they should have undeniably upheld.

ManorCare facilities are becoming cesspools for abuse and neglect and action needs to be taken to prevent any other instances of sexual abuse in addition to other problems resulting from issues such as failure to supervise residents and failure to properly monitor patients.

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