March 10, 2012
The Illinois Department of Public Health has released its report on the nursing home abuse and death of a resident who was attacked by another resident. The report found that both men had histories of violent outbursts but were left unsupervised.
The attacker is a 66-year-old man with a history of violence and a felony background. He allegedly attacked an 80-year-old dementia patient, which caused serious head trauma leading to the man’s death two days later.
The Illinois Department of Public Health report says that staff at the nursing home, Oak Park Healthcare Center, were unaware that the two men had potential for serious violent outbursts. Both men were noted as having previous outbursts, however an appropriate treatment plan was not put in place, leaving the men without appropriate supervision.
The family of the deceased man has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the nursing home. A nursing home abuse lawyer for the family said the man’s death could have been prevented if both men were monitored by staff.