This month, an Illinois Nursing Home experienced an apparent case of Resident-on-Resident
Nursing Home Abuse that led to a death. The Cook County Medical Examiner
said 86-year old Mercedes Iverson died due an to an attack by another
patient at the Maryhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Her death
was ruled a homicide and Glenview Police are looking into her death.
The Chicago Sun-Times
reports the alleged abuse happened in a private room in the part of the
Nursing Home that handles residents with dementia. A spokesperson for
Maryhaven said staff did report the incident to the authorities, and Illinois
investigators did not find any errors in the way Maryhaven’s staff
dealt with the apparent abuse.
In Indiana and throughout the country, people with dementia often find
themselves victims of abuse. While this recent Illinois case did not involve
a caregiver abusing a patient, caregivers are often to blame for injuring
or neglecting a resident with dementia. UC Irvine’s Center of Excellence
on Elder Abuse and Neglect found caregivers abuse people with dementia
about 47% of the time. Research showed about 60% of the caregiver abuse
was verbal while 5-10% was physical.
Experienced Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers know the special care dementia patients
need and deserve when in a Nursing Home or other long-term care facility.
If someone you love was hurt while in a Nursing Home, the Nursing Home
Injury Attorneys at Crossen Kooi can offer solid advice. Contact the Nursing
Home Abuse Lawyers for a FREE consultation.