Monday, February 2, 2009

Resident victim of Sexual Abuse at Regal Health and Rehab

9525 S. Mayfield Ave. in Oak Lawn
FINED- April 21, 2004
Regal Health and Rehabilitation Center was fined
$10,000 for failure to immediately and thoroughly
investigate an alleged sexual assault.
Responding to complaints, Department surveyors
learned an employee witnessed another employee
sexually assault a resident. Although the incident was
reported to the facility's administration, it was two
days before an investigation was launched. The
facility also waited two days before notifying the
resident's physician and representative, the local
police and the Department.
The resident was not taken to a hospital for an
examination and the facility did not save the
resident's clothing and bed linens for evidence. Most
of the staff was unaware of the facility's abuse
policy or what should be done after an allegation of
sexual abuse.
The alleged attacker was fired after he cornered the
witness in a room following her report of the
incident. He has been charged with aggravated criminal
sexual assault and unlawful restraint.
A Department-ordered plan of correction required the
facility to conduct immediate and thorough
investigations; to review and revise, if necessary,
its policies on abuse; and to train staff on
appropriate actions and interventions to prevent
resident abuse and on the reporting process when there
is an allegation of abuse.

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