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January 24, 2011

An operation aimed at preventing nursing home abuse in Illinois recently resulted in the arrest of one nursing home employee for an outstanding arrest warrant.

Operation Guardian aims to keep nursing home residents safe with surprise investigations. The program began in February 2010 and has so far resulted in 36 arrests.

The 18 year-old man arrested is an employee at East Moline Nursing and Rehab in East Moline, Illinois. His warrant was in relation to a possession of drug paraphernalia charge and there are no charges of nursing home abuse or neglect against the man.

Mark Howard, administrator at East Moline Nursing and Rehab, said he appreciates Operation Guardian for its ability to perform continual background checks on nursing home employees; checks that the nursing home can only perform when someone is first hired.

Surprise investigations at nursing homes are one useful tool in the fight against nursing home abuse and neglect. But perhaps the best measure one can take to prevent abuse is to be personally vigilant and frequently check on your loved ones in nursing homes. If you suspect abuse or neglect, contact the authorities and a qualified nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss what legal options you can take.


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