The State Journal-Register is reporting that the Illinois Attorney General’s office has conducted a sweep at the Golden Moments Senior Care Center in Jacksonville, Illinois. This was the 11th sweep of an Illinois nursing home in the past several months. There were five former sex offenders living in the nursing home. The nursing home was targeted because it had not complied with risk assessments for three of these five residents. Although the felons are placed in their own separate rooms, the attorney general’s office believes that this puts the other residents at risk for being abused by the felons. These risk assessments are mandated by state law. To learn more about this Illinois nursing home raid, please check out the link.
This is not the first time that Golden Moments Senior Care Center has been under attack. In February of this year, they were fined for $50,000 for nursing home abuse after the wrongful death of a 74-year-old resident. In this case, the resident choked on food despite staffer’s awareness that he had a risk of choking on food. In 2009, the nursing home was fined $20,000 after the home was accused of failing to keep residents from being mentally, verbally and physically abused. Staff members were causing residents to cry and were slapped in the face.
Nursing homes that have a history of elderly abuse and neglect must be closely watched by government entities. This Jacksonville nursing home has several documented cases of abuse that have spanned a great deal of time. The type of violations that the nursing home has been guilty of has varied a great deal. This shows that the nursing home has difficulties not only keeping track of residents, but their employees as well. If you or a family member have been injured as a result of negligence at Golden Moments or any Illinois nursing home, please consult a Chicago nursing home attorney to discuss your potential claim.