A comprehensive Illinois nursing home operation run by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office continued yesterday, reports the Chicago Tribune. The Chicago nursing home Burnham Healthcare was the recipient of a surprise investigation by state officials-several arrests were made at that time. For a Chicago nursing home attorney, these investigations are a necessary first-step in improving the poor quality of care at many negligent Illinois nursing homes.
During yesterday’s investigation, four wanted criminals were found living at the facility. Ranging in age from 38 to 55, the residents were wanted by Cook County authorities for disorderly conduct, retail theft, drug possession, and trespassing.
Blog readers know that this is the latest in a long-running string of investigations that have found dozens of wanted criminals hiding out in nursing home across the state. The raids were initially begun to ensure that basic safety measures were in place and that health regulations were being met at negligent Illinois nursing homes. However, officials soon discovered that virtually all of these facilities were housing locals who were hiding from authorities.
Burnham Healthcare is located southeast of the city and is home to many young Cook County residents with mental illnesses. It had previously received the lowest possible rating from the Center for Medicaid Services in a report last June. The facility has also been the subject of a journalistic investigation into the worst nursing home in the area. That report described the death of a 63-year old Burnham resident following a physical attack at the facility.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti applaud the efforts of aggressive state officials to ensure our long-term care facilities are safe. Too often the vulnerable residents at these homes are forgotten. As a result, physical abuse, sexual assault, and other detestable incidents continue to be perpetrated by dangerous residents. Insuring the safety of these facilities requires that the conduct of both employees and residents to be held to high standards.
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