Fox River Pavilion, a nursing home in Aurora, IL, may become the second Illinois nursing home to lose its license in recent months. According to a report in the Belleville News Democrat, Illinois Department of Public Health regulators have fined the nursing home over $30,000 recently because of allegations that the nursing home failed to provide proper supervision to its residents. The nursing home housed many younger residents who suffer from significant mental illnesses and many of the home’s residents have been relocated to other facilities since the home lost its Medicaid funding.
The IDPH investigations and subsequent actions to revoke the nursing home’s license stem from an incident in December in which a resident was killed after an altercation with another resident. According to the News Democrat article, a third resident of the nursing home told IDPH investigators that the victim cried for help for twenty minutes but the Fox River Pavilion staff failed to respond. The victim died from a heart problem, but also suffered a fractured knee and bloodied face in the fight. The negligent nursing home was also alleged to have allowed a resident to consume toilet paper, tissues and surgical gloves, and a resident with suicidal tendencies was allowed access to razor blades that she used to injure herself.
Chicago nursing home lawyers understand that when nursing home corporations do not sufficiently staff their facilities, there is a higher risk for residents to become victims of nursing home abuse and neglect. Without the proper staffing ratios, even the most dedicated direct care givers cannot provide the care and attention that most nursing home residents need. In order to ensure resident safety and well-being, it is essential for nursing homes to employ sufficient and well-trained staff that can supervise and care for every resident in their care. To read more about the IDPH’s actions to revoke the Aurora nursing home license, click the link.