The Illinois Department of Public Health issued three citations for two separate violations relating to the abuse of residents at the Manor Court in Peoria, Illinois. The report said Manor Court failed to instruct their employees on how to properly report physical abuse to an administrator. In addition, on two separate occasions, they failed to protect a resident from physical abuse and failed to remove the abuser after the initial abuse was reported.
In a statewide listing released to the public, the nursing home had been issued two citations for nursing home abuse. That misconduct involved an incident on Halloween in which a CNA used restraints on a resident causing the resident’s skin to tear. The third citation was issued less than a week later, when another resident suffered bruises on his wrist, eyes and upper arms. The nursing home was ultimately fined a total of $25,000.
The nursing home expressed their regrets for these incidents and believe they are isolated events by CNAs who have been fired since the report was released. It is the nursing home’s custom, they say, that their employees are never allowed to use any kind of force to restrain a resident while caring for them. When a resident becomes confrontational, the caregivers are taught to leave the room and wait before trying again. It is in the discretion of the caregiver that if another staff member is available, they can try to care for the resident instead of waiting.
In any event, these incidents were most unfortunate. Even more shocking, such types of nursing home abuse are far too common in our country.
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