The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Illinois State Attorney General Lisa Madigan led a team of state and local law enforcement officials in a sweep of Presidential Pavilion on Chicago’s south side. The nursing home sweep was planned to find wanted criminals at the nursing home. Three arrests of felons were made at Presidential Pavilion in the unannounced visit. Madigan arrived at the nursing home accompanied by 30 police and state officials who went room to room talking to the residents about their nursing home safety.
The authorities had issued 14 warrants for felon residents at Presidential Pavilion. Their were 20 resident in the nursing home that had a criminal record of a total of 950 arrests and 399 convictions. Morris Esformes owns this nursing home and total they control 28 homes in Illinois and Florida. This raid occurs as Governor Quinn and his nursing home task force are in the final stages of completing a nursing home safety-reform bill. This Illinois nursing home legislation will help decrease the nursing home abuse that so often occurs in Chicago nursing home. The nursing home debates include increasing nursing home employees at facilities. This is an extremely important matter because studies show that the per staff to resident ratio has the greatest effect on nursing home abuse. There will also be stiffer penalties for those nursing home that commit nursing home abuse. These raids and the new legislation will greatly help reduce the problems that are occurring in Illinois nursing homes. To read more about the nursing home raids, please click the link.