Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Joliet is facing revocation of their license to operate a nursing home as well as the loss of Medicare reimbursement from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
The investigation from CMS was a result of complaints about a 26-year-old male resident who sexually, physically or mentally assaulted 23 residents. This resident allegedly threatened his victims not to report his behavior or he would return with a gun. It was also found that the facility was not monitoring controlled substances in a proper manner.
Illinois Department of Public Health currently has a monitor in the facility because residents were being transferred to other facilities without regards to their preferences. Sixteen residents were transferred between March 17th and March 23rd of 2012, 10 of whom complained to IDPH. One former resident was quoted in an IDPH report as stating they were told ”Hillcrest was closing” and that “the facility… did something very wrong and everyone had to go.”
When things go wrong at a nursing facility, residents need someone to look after their interest. If you or someone you know has a loved one in a nursing home who has been neglected or abused, call Spiros Law, P.C. at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights.