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Fines Suggested For La Salle County Nursing Home

Posted by wlpo on August 6, 2009

The Illinois Department of Public Health this week recommended that the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fine La Salle County 20 thousand dollars plus 100 dollars a day for health and life safety deficiencies.

Health department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says the feds haven’t decided yet on the state’s recommendation although they usually agree with it. Arnold says the state department of public health is still deciding whether or not they’ll also fine the nursing home.

The state says there was no intervention and inconsistent documentation by county nursing home officials after over a dozen reports of sexual abuse towards dementia patients were made. One male resident at the home allegedly would touch women’s breasts, make others kiss him and use vulgar language. The alleged incidents happened between January and May of this year.

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