Good Samaratin Nursing Home was fined for neglect when they failed to prevent a resident from leaving the facility unsupervised. The facility did not realize the resident was missing until staff received a phone call notifying them that the woman was at a business about half mile away. The temperature at the time was in the teens and the resident was not wearing a coat. The facility also failed to have a system in place to monitor and supervise who enters and exits through outside doors. During the Department’s investigation, the resident was seen attempting to leave the facility twice through a laundry room exit. There has not been an Illinois nursing home negligence lawsuit filed yet.
The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/quarterlyreports.htm