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The Chicago Defender is reporting that the Chicago nursing home of Somerset Place has had to give up their nursing home license. They also have to pay fines that will total $20,000. Until their closure, Somerset Place had more than 300 mentally ill residents housed in the facility. Investigators found that the nursing home had many fights and verbal abuse amongst the elderly residents and the mentally ill patients. The nursing home was also cited for lack of supervision to the point that the federal government terminated their funding. Countless nursing home studies have found that proper staffing is one of the quintessential factors to a well-functioning nursing home. If you or a loved one experienced nursing home abuse at Somerset Place, please consult a Chicago nursing home lawyer.

While a license-revocation hearing was scheduled for this week, it was canceled due to the recent settlement. Somerset Place had been owned by a group of investors and was a for-profit nursing home. To read more about Somerset Place’s closure, please click the link.

The Illinois Department of Health is responsible for the regulation of nursing homes along with to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Illinois licensure surveys are conducted on the nursing home site and cover a three to four day period. These inspectors evaluate all aspects of resident care by making sure residents are being properly medicated, fed and looked after. As in the above case, they also look into any suspected or alleged crimes and consult with the local police department. The IDPH plays a vital role in the assurance of nursing home safety and seek to diminish nursing home abuse.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Somerset Place in Chicago will officially close on Friday, and the state must transfer Somerset’s remaining residents. The closure comes after Medicaid funding was cut off and the Illinois Department of Public Health revoked Somerset’s funding after inspections revealed rampant nursing home abuse and neglect. Somerset Place nursing home has received attention in the media due to an investigation by the Tribune into alleged abuse and neglect at the nursing home. The population at Somerset Place is entirely made up of residents suffering from mental illnesses.

Eric Rothner owns a number of nursing homes throughout Illinois, including the management company Care Centers, Inc. Care Centers declared bankruptcy recently, but was managing Somerset up until bankruptcy was declared. Care Centers, Inc. is the subject of a number of nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuits, however it is questionable whether the victims will ever see compensation. The company still owes $400,000 to a former employee after a jury found that Care Centers denied her leave benefits.

Despite this debt, the Tribune reports that Rothner received payments of $900,000 from Care Centers, Inc. in the year before the management company filed for bankruptcy. A judge called this a “deliberate attempt to conceal and divert assets to avoid paying the judgment.”

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As the Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog reported, Somerset Place nursing home on the north side of Chicago has received a number of IDPH violations for repeated acts of violence and nursing home abuse and neglect that have compromised the safety of its residents. The nursing home was also the subject of several articles in the Chicago Tribune that highlighted the nursing home’s problems and the Uptown community’s concern. On Friday, federal health care officials announced that they would cut funding for the troubled nursing home. This is the first time in four years that the federal government has cut funding for a nursing home in Chicago.

All of the nursing home’s 300 residents have a primary diagnosis of mental illness, and according to the Tribune 66 of these residents had criminal backgrounds. Staff members told the Tribune that insufficient staffing and training for direct care workers has created a chaotic environment where staff cannot properly supervise residents, many of whom need constant supervision. Without staffing and training, nursing home staff cannot properly supervise residents, and this leads to physical and sexual violence among residents.

According to the report, the Chicago nursing home will continue to receive Medicaid funding for 30 days, and the home has filed an emergency lawsuit to stop the CMS from pulling funding. The state health department will now look to move these residents to other Chicago nursing homes. Read full coverage of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service’s decision to cut funding for Somerset Place in Chicago.

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Chicago’s Somerset Place nursing home has filed a civil lawsuit to stop the government from administratively shutting it down. State and federal authorities were threatening to close Somerset Place until it remedies the serious safety breaches they found upon inspection. The officials stated that these breaches put “the health and safety of residents in immediate jeopardy.” The Chicago nursing home has filed a submitted plan of correction. This story correlates to the recent Chicago Tribune reports that found violence and elderly abuse at the facility. There were also numerous Department of Public Health citations along with complaints from the community. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services did warn the facility that it would face termination from their programs unless these problems were addressed. The nursing home negligence has lead to fines of at least $6,050 per day. Also, their Illinois state license is in the process of being revoked. If you have a loved one within Somerset Place, please consult a Chicago nursing home attorney. To learn more about the nursing home revocation, please click the link.

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Chicago’s Somerset Place nursing home is at risk of losing its federal funding. They have cleared there first hurdle in ensuring that does not happen by dealing with the resident’s threat to safety. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said that the agency has approved those plans. Somerset Place has recently been cited for fire hazards caused by smoking, staff-to-resident abuse, lack of supervision and administrative failures. The government will unexpectedly visit Somerset Place to ensure that the plan is working. Also, Somerset Place will submit a larger plan for fixing other problems that aren’t such an immediate threat to the residents. Many of the Somerset’s 300 residents have mental illnesses. To learn more about the failing nursing home, please click the link.

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Federal investigators are looking at a troubled home which appears to be guilty of Chicago nursing home abuse. Somerset Place is a Chicago nursing home in the area of Uptown that specializes in mentally ill adults and has a history of citations for patient safety violations. Between April 2008 and July 2009, Chicago police have investigated over 15 alleged assaults or batteries in Somerset Place. They have also investigated five reports of sexual assault. Additionally, A Chicago Reporter analysis of nursing home violations from 2005-2009 found that this Chicago nursing home has been fined $100,000 for three separate incidents during that period. Two years ago a Somerset Place nursing home resident was murdered less than a half a mile from the home. However, two years later the home has still not been investigated. It is time that nursing homes alert the police of the abuse that is occurring between residents. To learn more about the nursing home abuse, please click the link.

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As Chicago nursing home attorneys, we have represented hundreds of victims of nursing home abuse and neglect and witnessed many instances of sexual abuse in Illinois nursing homes. Today, the Chicago Tribune reports on their latest investigation into poor care in Chicago nursing home, focusing on sexual assault and abuse in nursing homes throughout the city.

Citing incidents at such nursing homes as Rainbow Beach Care Center and All Faith Pavilion on the South Side, and Sheridan Shores Care & Rehabilitation Center, Warren Park Health & Living Center and Somerset Place on the North Side, the investigation reveals the epidemic of sexual violence, along with the fact that little is being done to stop it. According to the Tribune’s investigation, 86 cases were investigated, but only one arrest was made.

Throughout Chicago, nursing home owners, such as Eric Rothner (who has ownership in Rainbow Beach, Sheridan Shores and Somerset Place), operate their homes at below-average staffing levels. This creates an environment where even the most well-intentioned direct care staff cannot deliver the proper care and attention that the residents need and deserve. In addition to low staffing levels, Chicago nursing homes often mix populations of elderly residents with younger, mentally-ill residents. Sometimes, these psychiatric residents have histories of violent crime. This creates an unsafe environment for more vulnerable residents, because nursing homes do not have the staff to properly monitor psychiatric residents.

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State and federal authorities have warned the Chicago nursing home Somerset Place that it will be shut down unless it quickly fixes its safety breaches. They claim that these breaches put “the health and safety of…residents in immediate jeopardy.” A 10-day investigation led the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to warn Somerset Place that it would be terminated in 23 days unless the problems were corrected. A public health department spokeswoman stated that this was a very serious decision for Illinois state health inspectors. The Chicago Tribune reported that Somerset Place allowed the murder of a resident who had been prostituting herself and using crack cocaine when living at the home. The home specializes in the treatment of mentally ill adults and houses 66 felons among its 400 residents. It has been cited repeatedly for patient safety violations. Also Chicago police have investigated incidents of sexual assault and drug use at the home. To read more about the possible closing of Somerset Place nursing home, please click the link.

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Chicago aldermen stated that they were considering steps to strengthen oversight of troubled nursing homes that admit high numbers of felons and psychiatric patients. The city began focusing on felons and psychiatric patients in nursing homes after the Chicago Tribune published a series that exposed cases of rape and murder in nursing homes that mix criminals with the elderly. The Foster District police commander stated that there were nearly 5,000 calls for police service coming from Somerset Place nursing home in Uptown. She added that nearby shop owners were adversely affected by some residents who cause disturbances. While Chicago once inspected and licensed nursing homes, they have now turned over those responsibilities to the state. One alderman stated that the city should consider resuming licensing and inspecting facilities. Many were shocked at the number of felons and mentally ill patients that were housed with seniors. A representative from Loyola University stated that students are harassed by residents at Wincrest Nursing Center. She stated that residents were using drugs and panhandling because they were not getting the requisite care. To learn more about the Chicago nursing home plans, please click the link.