Published on:

Family Sues Illinois Nursing Home in Alleged Sex Attack

The family of a 69-year-old woman has filed a nursing home negligence lawsuit against an Illinois nursing home for failing to protect her from being sexually assaulted by a 21-year-old mentally ill resident. The Elgin facility tried to cover up a brutal rape by calling it consensual sex. This is an example of how mixing frail elderly residents and younger mentally ill tenants in nursing homes can lead to violence if facilities do not monitor potentially dangerous residents. The 21-year-old was missing at bed check, but “no search was made or alarm sounded to alert residents and staff that a young, aggressive, sexual frustrated, convicted felon was prowling the halls oft he nursing home,” the suit alleges. A night shift nurse heard an elderly woman moaning and entered her room. She then found the woman in her bathroom and was trying to call 9-1-1 to report someone attacking the woman. The suit was filed in Cook Count Circuit court and seeks at least $50,000 in damages. The man has pled not guilty to aggravated sexual assault. To read more about the Chicago nursing home abuse , please click the link.