The tragic events at the Alden Village North nursing home in Chicago have made headlines beyond the city. Now a federal probe will begin to more fully understand the causes of the problems at the children’s nursing home according to a recent story by the Chicago Tribune.
Recent investigations revealed a shocking pattern of abuse and neglect at the facility that houses children with disabilities. Several children at the home have died in recent years, and many of those deaths were never thoroughly investigated. Since 2000, thirteen children have died in cases resulting in state citations for either neglect or failure to investigate.
A local advocacy group, Equip for Equality has authority to obtain medical records from the facility. The group intends to do use that power to determine how often neglect was at the root of many of the recent deaths.
At the same time, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has decided to remove two residents from the facility over concerns about the facility’s ability to provide the proper care. Only very rarely has the state department taken this sort of step. Governor Pat Quinn has already placed a state monitor in the facility and is seeking specific legislative reform related to the care of these children.
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