NBC news is reporting that surprise inspections by a state’s investigators found deplorable living conditions at a nursing home. This nursing home is now closing its doors to all residents. These surprise inspections found 37 pages of nursing home violations. Reports show that patients were left in beds that were unmade and had soled sheets. These linens were worn thin and were colored brown. Some residents’ hair were found to be greasy and unkempt.
The nursing home investigator also found that the facility did not ensure medications were administered correctly. The medical records were also in boxes that had been soaked in pooling water. Shockingly, one nurse cleaned an open pressure ulcer with a fecal smeared washcloth that she had earlier used to clean the patient. Currently, 79 patients reside in the nursing home that has been riddled with nursing home negligence. Also, 90 nursing home employees will be out of jobs once the facility is closed.
In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Health requires that nursing homes maintain the dignity of residents by keeping each home clean. This includes having staff ensure that nursing home residents are not sitting in urine or feces and that rooms and beds are properly cared for. If you believe that a nursing home is committing health violations, please consult a Chicago nursing home lawyer and the Illinois Department of Health. It is important to keep the IDPH informed of any violations that are witnessed. To read more about this specific case of nursing home abuse, please click the link.