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Chicago's Alden-Wentworth nursing home is sued for abuse

The mother of a 36-year-old Chicago area nursing home resident has filed a lawsuit against the nursing home where her daughter was living prior to her death in 2014. This filing is just one of at least 90 that have been filed against it in the past few years for either abuse or neglect of residents.

According to the lawsuit filed in this case, the woman's daughter was sent to live full-time at the Alden-Wentworth Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in the months before her death as her dementia and other mental health concerns worsened.

During her time there, her mother watched in horror as her daughter's condition deteriorated. In the lawsuit, she notes that she gradually lost her ability to speak followed soon thereafter by a loss of use of her legs and arms.

She also notes that on countless occasions when she went to visit her daughter that she found her laying in feces. Soon thereafter, bed sores and other types of wounds developed that she says went as deep as her bone. The victim's mother also encountered bugs in her bed. She also watched in horror as her daughter withered away. She believes that her extreme weight loss was related to her being starved.

The victim's mother apparently took photographs of them to document what she saw. This resulted in her being able to settle a nursing home abuse and neglect case against the nursing home recently for $900,000. A lawsuit is still pending against her daughter's attending physician, though.

He stands accused of negligence for never having reported any of the woman's physical injuries. He also apparently never made police aware of the need to perform a rape kit on the woman after he determined that woman was suffering from a sexually transmitted disease. As far as that's concerned, the victim's mother contends that her daughter was both physically weak and nonverbal, and was in no position to consent to sex.

If your loved one has suffered serious injuries at the hands of his or her caregivers at a residential facility, then a Chicago attorney can advise you of your rights to file a lawsuit in your legal matter.

Source: CBS Chicago, "2 investigators: Nursing patient’s last days included STD," Dave Savini, June 04, 2018

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