The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently issued its “Quarterly Violator Report” for local nursing homes. The reports include public records detailing citations issued for Illinois nursing home neglect and abuse.. The documents are an important reminder of the widespread problems that still exist in so many homes. For example, one particularly troubling report highlights problems at the Hillcrest Nursing and rehab Center in Joliet. The facility was slated for closure earlier this year as a result of the chronic issues at the home.
The IDPH Report
This latest report includes information on horrific allegations that we’ve previously discussed at Hillcrest involving a resident who terrorized others. The full report can be found HERE.
The report explained how reviews and interviews verified that the facility failed to prevent upwards of two dozen residents from assault by a dangerous, “high-risk” resident. Much of the abuse was sexual, but residents were also verbally and mentally abused by the resident who had a history of aggressive and violent behavior. The 26-year old attacker was admitted with bipolar disorder, ADHD, and with known tendencies to be aggressive toward others. He was supposed to be admitted to a locked psychiatric unit with very specific, targeted therapy. A Criminal History Analysis Report indicated that the individual was a “high risk” resident with “chronic psychiatric disorder and non-compliant with mediations.”
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Many residents were victimized by this aggressive individual who was not kept under control by the facility. Unfortunately, our Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys appreciate that the facility had other serious caregiving problems, beyond the issues with this particular resident.
For example, earlier this year the family of a former resident of the facility contacted our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys for help holding the home accountable for their conduct. The resident in the case was burnt by another resident at the facility. The nursing home failed to report the burning incident to the Illinois Department of Public Health as required.
This is not the first lawsuit we have handled against Hillcrest. Our attorneys worked on at least two other cases where negligence caused harm to local residents.
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It is likely that many other residents were hurt by the aggressive resident and other misconduct on the part of staff members. Families of individuals who lived at Hillcrest are advised to investigate fully to determine if their loved one received substandard care during their stay at the home. It is important for all those hurt to come forward so that an accurate assessment of the situation can be conducted.
In addition, the civil law may provide an avenue for those hurt and their families to receive compensation for their loss.
If you worked at Hillcrest, were a resident there, or knew someone who was hurt while there, please get in touch with our nursing home neglect lawyers to learn more. It is important to act in a timely fashion because the law has time limits that must be respected in these cases.
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