The latest report of Illinois nursing homes that have violated basic resident health, care, and safety laws was recently released by state officials. The Chestnut Manor, a nursing home in Herrin, Illinois, recently received several Type “A” Violations from the Illinois Department of Public Health and fined $20,000. The violations resulted from the facility’s failure to protect several residents from physical abuse and other violations of Illinois nursing home law.
Investigators at the facility discovered various cases of abuse involving over a dozen vulnerable seniors at the facility. One resident, a 58 year old female suffering from severe mental retardation, is prone to physical violence. Documentation revealed that the resident had at least 19 instances of violence and outbursts in a couple month period. At least 14 of those cases involved attacks on other residents at the facility.
However, facility employees kept no records related to the effects of those attacks. It is unclear if other residents were injured during the encounters. Yet even with the growing tally of physical abuse, the facility did not adopt any specialized behavioral plans for the violent resident. The supervising employee admitted to not being fully aware of the scope of the resident’s violence toward others. Obviously a continued string of physical abuse inflicted upon other residents would demand proactive action to prevent further problems. That active nursing home effort never occurred.
Our Chicago nursing home lawyers at Levin & Perconti have experience fighting for victims of negligent nursing home care. It is imperative that these facilities treat residents with the same respect, protection, and concern that all members of society deserve. Illinois nursing home law must be followed at all times-that includes prevention of abuse and between residents. Be sure to contact an Illinois injury attorney if you know of violations like the one here.
This information was culled from the Illinois Department of Health which produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators.
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