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October 27th, 2010

The Orchard Court Nursing Home in southern Illinois has had its license revoked and must close within 90 days. The state says the nursing home failed to comply with safety regulations, citing incidents of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. The nursing home must also pay a $12,000 fine.

“When you see a pattern of behavior, when you see these continued abuse or neglect type situations we look at that pattern and if we find they are not able to comply with the statute we then move towards license revocation,” said Melaney Arnold with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Most of the incidents of abuse outlined in a more than 50 page document by the Department of Public Health involve an 18 year old resident with severe mental retardation. On many occasions he has injured and even hospitalized residents of the nursing home.

Officials say Orchard Court failed to develop an appropriate care plan for each resident.

“Whether that means they need to be in a single room, whether that means they need one-on-one supervision,” said Arnold.

The current residents will soon be moved to other facilities.

Orchard Court is run by a small not for profit company and says a lack of adequate funding was an issue. They say the state still owes them 6 months worth of pay. They admit to no wrongdoing and disagree with the state’s actions.


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