West Chicago Terrace – West Chicago, IL – 3/7/05

Fined for failure to monitor and supervise five residents with histories of suicide attempts or ideations. One resident was found in the bushes in back of the facility with both arms cuts from wrists to elbows. Staff searched the building and grounds for the resident after she did not show up for her medications, but they did not notify police until four hours later. Another resident was hospitalized after attempting suicide by overdosing on alcohol and sleeping pills. The facility was not aware that the resident had been hiding pills or how he had obtained the alcohol.

The Illinois Department of Health produces quarterly reports on nursing home violators. To access the website: http://www.idph.state.il.us/about/nursing_home_violations/quarterlyreports.htm

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