Friday, December 5, 2008

Prairie Manor Fails to Investigate Elder Abuse Claim

Chicago Heights
345 Dixie Highway in Chicago Heights
FINED- 2003
Prairie Manor Health Care Center was fined $5,000 for
failure to investigate an allegation of abuse and to
immediately take steps to protect its residents.
Department surveyors learned a resident signed herself
out of the facility against medical advice after
telling a supervisor that she was abused by three
staff members and was afraid to stay at the center.
The resident told surveyors that she reported
sustaining bruises after staff physically held her
The supervisor said she did not believe the bruises
were caused by staff so she did not initiate an
investigation nor did she report the allegation to her
The facility also failed to immediately remove the
employees suspected of abuse from resident care.
The Department-ordered plan of correction required
the facility to train its employees on reporting
incidents of suspected abuse and to protect residents
from harm.

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