The State Journal-Register reported in an article that police are investigating numerous allegations including but not limited to a nursing home employee’s threat to cut a resident’s throat, slapped a woman in the face, taunted and insulted other disabled and sick adults, and took food away from a hungry resident of Golden Moments Senior Care Center.
The nursing home has been fined $20,000 in connection with the allegations. The nursing home Administrator said the for-profit nursing home, a skilled-care facility that is home to 57 people, is fighting the fines. The fines were undeserved because of the facility’s "quick response". However, the report indicated that residents had been complaining about the aide’s conduct for weeks, and that several staff members either observed, knew about or suspected physical and mental abuse of residents was going on, but failed to report the situation to their superiors.
An unspecified amount of separate federal fines is accumulating against the nursing home in connection with the state’s allegations, and the facility remains out of compliance with federal health standards, according to Elizabeth Surgener, spokeswoman for the Chicago regional office of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid.