Feds finally investigate safety issues at Uptown nursing home

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By Natalie Southwick

Federal investigators have joined the fray over a troubled
Uptown nursing home, according to a recent Chicago Tribune report.

The home, Somerset Place, on the 5000 block of Sheridan Road, specializes in mentally ill adults and has a history of citations for patient safety violations, the Tribune reports. Between April 2008 and July 2009, Chicago police investigated 15 alleged assaults or batteries in Somerset, as well as five reports of sexual assault and five of narcotics possession. A Chicago Reporter analysis of nursing home violations from the first quarter of 2005 to the first quarter of 2009 revealed that Somerset has been fined $100,000 for three separate incidents during that period.

In May 2008, one of the patients at Somerset, Maratta Walker, was found murdered in a motel less than half a mile from the home. It's been nearly two years since Walker's murder. Why has it taken this long to get an investigative team into the home?

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