Earlier this week we posted a story on the troubling negligence at the Galesburg Terrace involving mold found in several patients’ rooms. Now, the Galesburg Register-Mail is confirming that the Illinois nursing home faces mounting fines for its problems keeping the facility safe for residents.
An inspection of the nursing home found that dangerous black mold was growing inside several patient rooms as well as a communal bathroom facility. The black mold posed a real heath threat to the residents exposed to it. The condition was particularly egregious considering that most residents are in the facility specifically because their health is especially fragile and at risk for complications.
Specifically, the Illinois Department of Health explains that the facility may be fined $200 per day for their unhealthy conditions, beginning in April 30th and continuing up to the day the problem is fully corrected. The fines would be levied by the federal authorities at Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Unfortunately, finding problems at nursing homes are not uncommon when inspectors examine these facilities to ensure they are safe and healthy for residents. A nursing home receives a “tag” for each violation found. One Galesburg Terrace employee explained that, “Nursing homes in Illinois, you will see ours in not out of the norm. The average survey produces 7 to 9 tags.”
The problems that continue to plague so many facilities in Illinois are why our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti continue to represent victims of nursing home negligence and abuse. Please contact a nursing home lawyer any time you discover problematic care of one of these Illinois facilities.
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