WQAD News reported today on the latest surprise Illinois nursing home inspections conducted as part of Operation Guardian. The project, spearheaded by the Attorney General’s Office, is aimed at conducting unannounced visits at these facilities to ensure the safety of nursing home residents and compliance with state and federal laws.
The visits have gained attention both for the poor conditions found at some facilities and the wanted criminals arrested. In every single one of the inspections to date, nursing homes have been found to violate Illinois nursing home law in permitted residents with outstanding arrest warrants to live in the facilities. This conduct puts all residents’ safety at risk. The latest inspections at two northern Illinois facilities-East Moline Nursing and Rehab and East Moline and Galesburg Terrace-led to one arrest, this time of a nursing home employee.
While Operation Guardian seeks to root out some potential dangerous residents, the vast majority of potentially harmful nursing home residents will remain hidden. That is why it is imperative for nursing homes to conduct their own screening protocols to keep out particularly dangerous individuals. On top of that, these facilities need to provide careful monitoring of all complaints from one resident against another.
Our Chicago nursing home attorneys at Levin & Perconti have seen the downright abysmal conditions at many of these care facilities. Many nursing homes involved in our legal cases have provided little to no protection for residents victimized at the hands of other residents or employees. It only takes one instance of a nursing home failing to provide proper oversight for sexual and physical abuse to occur.
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