The North Church Nursing and Rehab nursing home in Jacksonville, Illinois is getting more press, and, in the process, putting to bed the notion that there’s no such thing as “bad press.”
One 69-year-old resident was forced to leave the facility against his will after speaking to the State Journal Register, a Springfield newspaper. According to the report, the man was one of many who have complained about the care at the nursing home. According to the complaints, the nursing home is understaffed, provides poor and inadequate meals, and is infested with insects. In addition, it was alleged that the staff makes derogatory comments about the residents.
The resident claims that he witnessed a drug deal taking place in front of the building that involved one of the staff members.
North Church Care and Rehab rates “much below average” on the Nursing Home Compare website run by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The State Journal-Register report notes that the nursing home is rated “much above average” on quality measures. As a Chicago nursing home lawyer, however, I’m aware that those quality measures are self-reported and often fabricated in nursing homes where nursing home abuse and neglect are taking place.
When I share stories of things that happen in nursing homes like this, a common reaction from well-meaning people is to ask why the residents don’t simply leave.
The fact of the matter is that there are only five nursing homes in Jacksonville, Illinois, and two are rated “below average. One is rated “average”, and the other two are highly rated. I’m sure you can guess which nursing homes have long waiting lists.
If you have a loved one in an Illinois nursing home, and you feel they have been the victims or nursing home abuse or nursing home neglect, contact the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle for a free and confidential evaluation of your case. At my law offices we never charge a fee unless we earn a recovery for you.