The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. The Asta Care Center of Rockford, a nursing home in the Chicago area, recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $10,000. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to properly prevent Illinois nursing home abuse.
Investigations into conduct at the facility revealed that one aggressive male resident sexually abuse at least five female residents. The attacker is a resident who has been diagnosed with depression, Alzheimer’s with Delusions, Bipolar Disorder, and Mood Disorder. Overall his decision making is severely impaired.
The nurse’s notes indicate that the resident usually “wanders around in his wheelchair.” However, those notes also reveal that the resident has sexually abused female residents on at least eight different occasions. In one incident the man reached underneath a woman’s top as she lay reclining in her wheelchair. Employees saw the incident and documented it, but they did not report it to supervisors as required, inform the victim’s family, or take steps to ensure the misconduct was prevente.
Similar inappropriate conduct was repeated with at least five different female residents-three of them being inappropriately touched on more than one occasion. It is unclear why the staff members at the facility failed to take steps to prevent the repeated abuses.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care like that exhibited here. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Failure to take action against a resident who was shown to repeatedly violate basic standards and interaction with others is never acceptable. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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