A rehabilitation center in Zion, Illinois is under investigation in connection with multiple complaints of improper care and treatment of their patients. The facility is named Grove at the Lake Living & Rehabilitation Center and several families of the patients have recently come forward with instances of improper care, including possible abuse and neglect of patients.
The League of United Latin American Citizens has stepped in and is currently running a campaign to raise awareness on the issue of nursing home and rehabilitation center abuse and neglect. The president stated that while it is not a problem affecting only the Latin American community, they are still making it a point to get involved in the cause and raise awareness across the county on this issue. The Department of Public Health has also confirmed that they are currently investigating the facility for evidence of mistreatment, neglect or possibly even abuse.
The first family member to come forward against the center, according to The Sun Times, is the daughter of an Alzheimer patient that is currently residing at the Zion Center. Her mother has been at the facility full-time for three months and since that time she has been taken to the hospital for a fall that led to her hitting her head. After being released for this injury, the same woman was back in the hospital not long after for an abscess in her mouth, a black eye, bruising on her back and a swollen jaw caused by two fractures. Her treating physicians told the victim’s daughter that that type of injuries presenting were consistent with another fall or physical trauma. The family of this victim has retained Levin & Perconti to further investigate this neglect and possible abuse by the Center, and the firm is starting their investigation by a thorough review of the patient’s medical records. While we hope that the investigation will show that these injuries were in fact an accident, there is always the fear that these injuries were caused by the staff neglecting or possibly abusing their patients.
Since the first family came forward, five other families of patients have come forward also complaining about the treatment of their loved ones by the facility. One of the other victims reportedly contracted scabies five times since she started living at the home and also believes that she was sexually assaulted. The family of this victim has moved this woman to a different facility while the investigation is ongoing.
If you or a loved one was mistreated, whether by being neglected and not properly monitored or cared for or abused (physically, mentally, emotionally), please do not hesitate to contract our Illinois office today. Our lawyers have handled many nursing home abuse and neglect cases and are here to help you find justice for your family and peace and comfort for your loved ones. Families should always be able to trust that their loved ones will be taken care of and treated properly and should not have to fear that the people paid to and trained to treat patients are abusing their position.