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Sexual abuse at Illinois nursing home

By May 16, 2012Physical Abuse

Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will most likely be forced out of operation after the recent termination of Medicare funding for the Joliet, Ill. facility.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has conducted two separate investigations in the past year.

The first, conducted between May and October 2011, found that a 26-year-old male resident sexually, physically and mentally abused at least 23 residents. The man “exposed himself and assaulted male and female residents, threatening to ‘come back with a gun’ if they reported the incidents.”

This April, the IDPH investigated complaints from Hillcrest residents that they were being transferred from the facility without preference for their destination.

Because of these recent incidents—and what the state calls “multiple serious deficiencies”—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will terminate the home’s Medicare provider agreement, which will most likely end in the home’s demise.

Read the full article from the Chicago Sun-Times.

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