A former resident of Joliet, Illinois’ Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation nursing home is suing the facility, alleging he had to have part of one of his legs amputated because of staff negligence.
John Eric Rush and his sister-in-law, Andrea Kroesen, filed a lawsuit against Hillcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation and its owner/management company in Cook County Circuit Court on February 28. The complaint alleges that Rush, who is paralyzed on the right side and cannot speak due to a series of strokes, moved into the facility in July 2010, and while living at Hillcrest, he developed bed sores and became dehydrated. Rush allegedly developed a pressure sore on his left heel that became infected, resulting in his having to have part of his left leg amputated, The Shorewood Patch reported.
The Illinois Department of Public Health cited Hillcrest for Type A and Type B violations and fined it $31,600 after Rush’s family filed a complaint with the state. As the department investigated Rush’s case, it found 23 other incidents of verbal, sexual, physical, or mental abuse involving residents at the home over a five-month period in 2011. There were also two suspicious deaths in a six-month period, and prescription drugs were not properly monitored, The Shorewood Patch said.