We continue our look at Chicago nursing homes that were recently cited for violations by the Illinois Department of Public Health. Earlier this year Alden Wentworth Rehab Center, a facility located on West 69th Street, recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and was fined $20,000. The violations were given as a result of various acts of negligence, including failure to investigate allegations of residents abusing one another and the facility’s failure to follow even basic nutrition guidelines in feeding residents.
When inspectors visited the facility, they noticed that the meal being served for lunch appeared to be quite small. A hamburger was served that weighed only 2.2 ounces. It was also documented that many residents were not fed lunch until late. Other basic nutritional procedures were not followed by the staff members of the facility.
In addition, the Chicago nursing home breached its own policy protocol after one female resident accused a male resident of sexually assaulting her-no investigation or action of any kind was taken by the nursing home. The victim reported being approached by the aggressor while she was in bed. He tried to kiss her but she rebuffed him. The man then became forceful, eventually touching her inappropriately.
Even after the incident, the aggressive resident had free reign of all the floors and locations in the facility. At the time of the nursing home inspection, little to nothing had been done following the alleged abuse.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti are saddened by each report of residents forced to endure negligent care and abusive environments. There is simply no excuse for a nursing home not to understand the basic level of nutritional care they must provide or to follow-up with all allegations of abuse and neglect.
The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the IDPH report on this violation, please Click Here.
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