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November 12th, 2010

An Illinois nursing home has been shut down after years of reports of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed an injunction order Wednesday against the owners of Bowes Retirement Center to stop it from operating as an unlicensed nursing home.

The retirement home advertised itself as housing for independent adults but the state’s suit said that during 2008 and 2009, residents there needed help bathing, eating, taking medications, and moving. These are services that can only be provided by a licensed nursing facility, but Bowes has no such license.

Spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, Maura Possley, said the injunction would be the last step in the state’s case against the owners of Bowes.

“We would only pursue further action if they open somewhere else without going through the necessary licensing process,” said Possley. Possley added that the attorney general’s office will monitor the owners of Bowes, identified as Angel & Bell Corp., to make sure they do not attempt to establish any more unlicensed nursing homes in Illinois.


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