Nursing homes and state facilities reject Chicago-area mentally ill patient

A 68-year-old man with dementia and mental illness is being rejected by nursing homes all over the state of Illinois due to frequent violent outbursts and cannot find a permanent home. The man was arrested at a Veteran’s facility after hitting a nurse, and is temporarily hospitalized until further arrangements can be made. While state officials try to find a facility that is able and willing to accept the patient, the hospital is charging the family and Medicare $1400 per day. State officials told the patient’s guardian, his brother, that a Downstate Illinois nursing home was considering admitting the patient, but his brother expressed frustration that a better option cannot be found in such a metropolitan area. The patient has been admitted to 18 facilities within the last four years, but none were able to care for him as he cannot control his actions due to Lewy body dementia, a disease that causes violent acts such as biting, hitting, or even choking others.

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