Blog readers are well aware of the continued string of problems facing Alden Village North, an oft negligent Illinois nursing home. Over the past several years, revelations have uncovered shocking misconduct and poor treatment of the mentally disabled children residing at the Chicago nursing home.
Since 2000 at least 13 children have died at the facility because of negligence by caregivers. Last year there were several additional unannounced inspections at Alden Village. However, according to the Chicago Tribune, the Illinois Department of Health may soon revoke the license of the facility, which will have the effect of closing the location.
Reports indicate that state officials are taking action now before another tragedy occurs. New owners took over the nursing home in 2008. However, since that time, more than eight serious violations of Illinois nursing home law have already been uncovered.
For her part, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has asked the state regulatory board for records of complaints levied against employees at Alden Village North and all others in the Alden Village chain. She hopes to work closely with the Illinois Department of Public Health to discipline all caregivers who fail to provide the care to which residents deserve.
The attorney general shared the story of a 14-year old boy who died because of the facility’s negligence. The victim began breathing rapidly, and his doctor was called. However, it took over 19 hours and paging the doctor over six times before he showed up. Far too many other children suffered similar neglect at the Alden Village North over the years.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti are committed to the fighting for the rights of all nursing home residents. We are proud to help victims and their families file Illinois nursing home lawsuits in that effort. It is through persistent accountability that negligent facilities like Alden Village can be held responsible for their misdeeds.
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