Many Quad Cities residents have a plethora of unanswered questions in the wake of the closing of a local nursing home. As WQAD reported on Tuesday, Forest Hill Health & Rehab Center closed out of nowhere, surprising even the facility employees. A letter was sent to all workers claiming that the home would be closing immediately as a result of “loss financial losses.”
In a bizarre move, many residents were moved to a nearby facility over a two week period. Employees were told that the move was to allow the facility to undergo renovations. That is until they received the letter this week claiming that the home was closing and paychecks to employees would be delayed. A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Public Health–the state agency that regulates Illinois homes–claimed that the office was informed of the closure at the same time as the employees.
Advocates have already pointed out the hardship experienced by those residents forced to move facilities on short notice. For one thing, the move is taking come resident far away from their family members, who will find it harder to visit on a regular basis.
Discussing the toll the move has taken on her 76-year grandmother, one woman explained, “It’s horrible to watch. Just horrible to watch. Watching her decline was hard enough then watching what he has to go through, too, to not even be able to see her – I mean, it’s something you never think you’re going to have to experience.”
This sudden move is just one of many problems faced by residents of Forest Hill. Advocates for nursing home residents in the area explain that the quality of long-term care facilities vary greatly. While many homes consistently provide reasonable care, many others do not. Forest Hill was frequently regarded as a poor facility. It only has one out of five stars on the federal nursing home compare rankings website.
Forest Hill is a home with a troubled history. According to information available on the IDPH website, the facility has faced citations for nursing home violations in the past, and has been sued for providing substandard care to residents. For example, a few years ago our team of attorneys at Levin & Perconti worked with the family of a former resident at Forest Hill. The resident in that case suffered from dementia and was prone to wandering.
However, the complaint which initiated the lawsuit alleges that the senior did not receive the care to which she was entitled at the home. The senior suffered several falls within a few months at the home. But that was not all. In addition, the complaint alleged that she did not receive proper day to day care, leading to malnourishment and dehydration. Eventually, the resident’s condition deteriorated to the point that she had to be admitted to the hospital. The senior only lasted a week in the hospital before succumbing to renal failure caused by the dehydration.
For help with neglect issues at Forest Hill or any other long-term care facility in Illinois, please contact our nursing home attorneys today.
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