Since December 2009, Illinois has stepped up its fight in the combat against nursing home abuse. Due largely in part to the Chicago Tribune's spotlight on the issue, Attorney General Lisa Madigan has begun random, sweeping inspections of nursing homes. So far, these 17 raids have led to 20 arrests. Officials claim these raids have had an impact on the widespread nursing home abuse in the state. In preparation for the raids, nursing homes have been forced to abide by the law and uphold the standards that our seniors deserve.
Despite the success of these raids, nursing home abuse and neglect is still common place in our state. The state's long-term care official, Sally Petrone, said that on one recent visit, "a lot of the [patients] still seemed overmedicated."
This comes against a backdrop of a recent raid of the Grasmere Place nursing home in Uptown, a Chicago neighborhood. When officials arrived at the nursing home on July 22 for an unannounced sweep, the facility administrator was there waiting for them, like she had been tipped off. Celeste Jensen later admitted to having been warned about the upcoming raid. However, when officials came back on the night of August 16, what they found was a much different facility. According to the officials, the home was not as clean and there was much less staff.
Chicago Tribune, Inspection was No Surprise to Nursing Home, Sept. 1, 2010
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