The Chicago Tribune reported the suspicious death of a resident after a fatal altercation with another resident at Oak Park Healthcare Center. The nursing home failed to report the altercation to the health department for further investigation. Anibal Calderon, 80, died of head injuries after an alleged fight that took place. Calderon’s death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County medical examiner’s office. The Illinois Department of Public Health is now investigating.
Under state law, the nursing home should have reported the incident immediately to the health department as well as to the family of the victim and local police. Federal regulations require that nursing home residents involved in violent incidents be removed from the facility if necessary for their safety and the safety of others. State officials have no record that Oak Park Healthcare notified the health department, said spokeswoman Melaney Arnold. The for-profit nursing home has 204 beds and an occupancy rate of about 75 percent, according to the state.
Nursing homes are also required to make available for public inspection the five most recent years of survey materials that would list possible violations, according to the IDPH website. But the Tribune reporter was escorted out of the Oak Park facility after requesting to look at the documents.