Illinois Nursing Home Neglect: Department of Health Issues Nursing Home Citations

According to an article on, the Illinois Department of Public Health has secured documents that indicate the owner of Camelot Terrace in Streator, Illinois might have tried to convince inspectors to change their reports to reflect positively on the condition of the nursing home. This came after inspectors found unsafe living conditions in the Illinois nursing home. The department of health has issued an “immediate jeopardy” citation for Camelot Terrace because of the presence of mold and termites throughout the nursing home’s living quarters. The IDPH classifies an immediate jeopardy citation as one that poses an immediate threat of serious injury or death. The mold inspection company representative stated that the nursing home is a wreck. Nursing homes must have a clean atmosphere to protect the safety and welfare of their residents. Camelot Terrace’s owner has filed an “information dispute resolution” to contest the department’s citations. The owner is also being accused of attempting to mislead the Department. He supposedly instructed staff to provide less than truthful information to Department representatives. To learn more about the Camelot Terrace inspection, please check out the article.

This article highlights the important role the IDPH plays in overseeing nursing homes. The IDPH is responsible for ensuring that all nursing homes comply fully with mandatory state regulations. By comporting with mandatory regulations nursing homes help avoid elderly abuse and neglect. The IDPH works closely with Medicare and Medicaid to ensure that all payments are rendered to the appropriate people. Each year, the IDPH conducts approximately 1,300 full on-site inspections of the nursing homes in response to the complaints. To learn more about how the IDPH regulates nursing homes, visit their nursing home website.

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