March 18, 2011
The Wincrest Nursing Center in Chicago, Illinois is set to lose its Medicaid funding after repeated episodes of nursing home abuse involving fights between residents and drug abuse among residents.
Neighbors of the nursing home, which caters to adults with mental illness, have complained for years about Wincrest residents committing crimes in the neighborhood and using illegal drugs. Many of the residents have felony records.
A recent report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said staff at the nursing home were poorly trained, did not properly supervise residents, and did not provide proper psychiatric services. The report also said residents were often found under the influence of drugs or were intoxicated.
Nursing home abuse can occur at facilities with a history of neglect and abuse, but abuse can also occur at nursing homes without a troubled past. Family of nursing home residents should make frequent visits to their loved one’s nursing home and report any abuse or neglect to authorities. It is also advised that you contact a nursing home abuse lawyer if you know of or suspect abuse or neglect.