WREX reported that Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center nursing home was fined $25,000 after the state says the facility caused a resident’s death. The first incident reported by the Illinois Department of Health says a female resident, who lived at Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center since 2001, got medications she wasn’t supposed to. The report says she was given multiple opioids that were meant for other residents. The report says the woman was unresponsive and needed Narcan after the opioids were given to her.
A physician ordered the facility to monitor her vital signs every hour, something the facility did not do, according to the report. The resident died one week later.
But Forest City Rehab and Nursing didn’t just get penalized because of that fatal error. The state says says the facility failed to take proper care of her after the incident happened. On top of that, the report says it failed to let the woman’s power of attorney know what happened. That power of attorney later told the state in that report, “I was called when (R1) went into hospice in April, but I have not received any calls from the facility since then.”
Forest City Rehab & Nursing Center is also facing punishment for another incident to a different resident. The IDPH report went on to say that resident fell, breaking both his arms and legs. The reason the nursing home faces a penalty is because the report says two people were supposed to help that resident move, but only one did.
That resident told IDPH, “There was just one girl helping me and I told her my legs weren’t working and then down I came. There was no belt around my waist, they usually don’t use one. I don’t recall hitting anything on my way down. I was just weak that day. I broke both my arms and my legs.”
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