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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Alden Village North Makes Changes After Deaths of Residents

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the owners/operators of Alden Village North are claiming that they have made significant challenges to their often criticized facility. Alden Village North has been the subject of this intense criticism because of reports that thirteen children and young adults have died at the facility since 2000. These thirteen deaths resulted in state citations from the Illinois Department of Public Health for neglect or for failure on the part of the facility to properly and thoroughly investigate the death. Seven of the thirteen deaths occurred after the Alden corporation took over the facility. In addition to the thirteen deaths that resulted in state citations, at least eleven other residents of Alden Village North have died.

What is also notable about these instances is that the residents of Alden Village North are often disabled children, not senior citizens as is the case at most nursing homes. Regardless of age, a nursing home is liable in any instance where a resident is harmed as a result of abuse or neglect. Because of their age of disability, the condition of many nursing home residents changes frequently. Many times a nursing home neglects its residents by not timely evaluating their residents and making sure that the necessary changes are made to the Nursing Care Plan.  It is the responsibility of the nursing home to make these changes to the Nursing Care Plan so that the changes in condition are addressed. A failure to make these changes can lead to an allegation that the nursing home did not meet the nursing standard of care.

The Alden corporation has been the subject of numerous nursing home abuse and neglect lawsuits in Illinois that allege that various Alden nursing homes did not meet the nursing standard of care in their treatment of their residents. Illinois Nursing Home Attorney Mike Keating is currently handling several cases against Alden nursing homes that are based on allegations of nursing home neglect. If you have any questions regarding this post or an issue involving Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect, please contact Illinois Nursing Home Attorney Mike Keating at 312-208-7702 or MKeating@KeatingLegal.com. All initial consultations are confidential and free.