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Illinois Nursing Home Fined

A Jacksonville, Illinois nursing home has agreed to pay a $6,500 fine over accusations of elderly abuse and negligence. Golden Moments Senior Care Center at 1021 N. Church Street and the Illinois Department of Public Health has agreed the nursing home will pay the fine. Additionally, a certified nursing aide was fired after claims that she committed nursing home abuse. The nursing home was fined because public health officials believed that the state failed to keep six residents form being mentally, verbally or physically abused. The report shows that one person was being threatened to have their throat cut, another was denied food and a resident was being taunted by one employee while the actions were videotaped. As of November 23 of 2009, Golden Moments has been fined more than $40,000 for substandard compliance with federal regulations. The October inspection revealed that the nursing home neglected to follow its policies and procedures for residents requiring partial assistance with feeding and failing to have a policy and procedure for assisting residents who eat too fast and are at risk for choking. One 74-year-old resident wrongfully died after choking on his food at the nursing home. The nursing home did have orders that they were supposed to watch the victim so that he did not put too much food in his mouth. To learn more about violations at the Golden Moments Senior Care Center, please click the link.