We contintue our look at the latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. Moore House, a nursing home in Chicago recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $20,000. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to monitor the movement of residents boarding a bus and other examples of Illinois nursing home neglect.
The main sanction resulted from a resident who was injured after being pushed from a bus by another resident as the two were exiting the bus following a training-day exercise.
The victim was a 64 year old man who is non-verbal and suffers from profound mental retardation and seizure disorder. He requires close personal care and constant supervision as he has the functional ability of a one year old. Because of that, all staff members are aware that constant observation is required at all times to ensure the resident’s safety. He has a history of falls that have caused him injury.
Last summer the resident suffered another injury as he was attempting to leave a bus. As the man was on one of the bus steps another resident apparently pushed him from behind. Contrary to established protocol, there was no nursing home staff member around to catch the resident as he fell backward. The victim was taken to the local emergency room where it was discovered that he had suffered leg injuries.
Upon further questioning, employees at the facility indicated that they frequently fail to monitor residents as they board and exit the bus.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care like that exhibited here. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Proper observation during dangerous movements is a basic requirement for all nursing home officials. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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