Raids seek to reduce threat of Illinois nursing home neglect and abuse

The Illinois Attorney General’s Office conducted a sweep at a Jacksonville nursing home on Monday, looking for violations of state laws and regulations, the State Journal-Register reported.

As our Chicago nursing home neglect attorneys reported earlier this month on our Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Blog, three arrests were made at a similar raid in Chicago last month.

Fourteen police and state officials participated in the Jacksonville raid, which was the 11th conducted in recent weeks — and the first to occur outside the Chicago area. However, unlike previous sweeps, authorities didn’t check for outstanding warrants among the facility’s residents. The state continues to struggle with dangerous felons in Chicago nursing homes.

A staff member of the Attorney General’s Office declined to say why residents weren’t checked for arrest warrants, nor would she comment about why the 113-bed Golden Moments Senior Care Center was chosen for the raid.

No one was arrested and not citations were issued during the three-hour inspection. However, risk-assessments, mandated by law, were not completed for several residents. One of the home’s owners cited a backlog at the state level as the reason for the lack of assessments in place on three residents.

The home was fined $50,000 earlier this year for poor care in connection with the October death of a 74-year-old resident who choked on his food. The nursing home is contesting the amount of the fine.

Illinois Nursing Home Resources

If you are faced with the tough decision of admitting a loved one into a nursing home or elder care facility, the Illinois nursing home neglect and abuse lawyers at Abels & Annes want you to know there are resources available to help you with your decision.

Click here for advice on finding an Illinois nursing home through the Illinois Department of Public Health.

And click here for reports of Illinois nursing homes with recent violations.