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September 27th, 2010

The Illinois Department of Public Health cited three cases of irregularity against the La Salle County Nursing Home in September.

The first case involved the verbal nursing home abuse of a 100-year-old resident. Witnesses said an aide spoke roughly and loudly to the elderly resident, and at one point yelled at the resident, “Don’t you dare stand up.” A CNA who did not report the verbal abuse was suspended for three days.

In another case, a resident allergic to bananas was fed banana cake and had to be taken to a hospital emergency room. The staff member thought the cake was spice cake.

In the third case, a registered nurse failed to promptly perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation on a resident, instead leaving to get help, resulting in the resident’s death. The nurse, who had been at the end of a 24 hour shift at the time of the incident, was subsequently fired.

The nursing home administrator at the time of these incidents resigned Aug. 13, after working only six months.


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