February 10, 2000
CHICAGO NURSING HOME FINED
SPRINGFIELD, IL -- The Illinois Department of Public Health has fined Lakeside Boarding Home $13,500 (Statement of Violation) and moved to revoke the facilitys license for failure to ensure the safety of its residents. The 34-bed sheltered care facility is located at 6330 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago.
Responding to a complaint, Department surveyors learned a 64-year-old resident was shot and killed after he cut a police officer and refused to give up his knife.
Before the incident, the resident refused to take his medication. He became increasingly delusional and began carrying a knife. Prior to the shooting, he used the knife to cut two residents without provocation. One resident suffered cuts to his face and lips. Another resident was cut on the left shoulder while sleeping. Both residents were treated for their injuries at a local hospital.
A Department investigation learned there was no staff in the building at the time of the shooting or stabbings. In addition, the facility did not act upon the change in the residents condition, thereby exposing all residents and staff to possible harm.
Surveyors also reported poor living conditions, including improper food handling, storage and preparation; extreme heat temperatures within the facility; and soiled sleeping and bathing areas.
The Department ordered a plan of correction that included ensuring sufficient and qualified staff be on duty all hours of the day, providing services that meet the overall needs of the residents, and developing policies and procedures for residents with harmful behaviors.
Lakeside Boarding Home has requested a hearing on the Departments action. A hearing date has not been scheduled.
of Public Health
535 West Jefferson Street
Springfield, Illinois 62761
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