August 5, 2013
After several investigations at an Urbana, Illinois nursing home, inspectors uncovered several instances of nursing home abuse and neglect. The investigations were routine surveys performed by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District and the Illinois Department of Health. The details of the inspections were uncovered last month by a local newspaper, The News-Gazette.
According to reports, problems at the Champaign County Nursing Home stem back to last year, when in January of 2012, state inspectors noticed that one of the residents, who looked ill, had lost 10 pounds in just one month. After investigating, it was determined that the resident wasn’t given physician-ordered health shakes on a regular basis. In addition, the rest of the residents were only given half the portion of their dinners that they were supposed to get.
Later the same year in December, inspections revealed that the finger section of a rubber glove was found in a resident’s meal, and a piece of plastic was found in another resident’s mouth. The wife of on the resident’s reported the plastic being found, and stated that it was not the first time something like this has happened. In addition, several infractions were found in the kitchen area. The blade of a can opener was found with built-up debris, the storage racks were dirty and rusted, and the oven racks were filthy.
In April 2013, inspectors returned to the nursing home to find several broken appliances. A cooler was labeled as condemned and unusable after inspectors noticed it was too warm to properly store food, and both a water heater and dishwasher were broken.
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