Posted on: July 21, 2011 by Jeffrey Kooi
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.
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