Abuse and neglect in an Illinois nursing home results in $100,000 penalty

The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined the Chicago based company that owns East Peoria Gardens Health Care Center $100,000 and the loss of five days of Medicaid reimbursement. Recent glaring cases of abuse and neglect, including the recent deaths of two patients, have led to one of the most severe penalties imposed by the Illinois Department of Public Health, short of shutdown. An 81-year-old woman died after a fall in the home, and a 72-year-old man choked to death. Other recent examples of such abuse and neglect include medical neglect and failure to notify physicians of condition changes in residents and the admittance of younger residents with criminal histories and mental illness. These residents were unsupervised and mixed with elderly patients receiving long-term care as the result of the nursing home’s failure to provide appropriate programs and activities necessary to control those residents and assist in their return to the community. Further instances include dozens of calls to the police and fire department resulting from theft from residents’ rooms, violent fights and threats. Three residents and two employees were arrested during this period. The Illinois Department of Public Health will begin to frequently monitor the home.

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