Tag: Nursing Homes

Put Illinois To Work reports creating 26,000 jobs this year. Will it be renewed?

New reports boast 26,000 jobs created by Put Illinois To Work, the largest federally funded employment program. Three quarters of those jobs are in Chicago. The program, supported by millions in stimulus dollars, expires at the end of the month and supporters are hoping Congress will extend funding. Also in the news … Massachusetts just... Read more »

Activists say Bank of America uses law loopholes to discriminate in lending

Activists from the Chicago-based National People’s Action protested yesterday outside Bof ank of America headquarters. They want the bank to stop giving money to payday lenders, some of which prey upon low-income people who are unable to get loans elsewhere. The group  urged Bank of America to invest more in foreclosure prevention programs. National People’s... Read more »

Lawmakers take up nursing home reforms

Since our investigation on nursing homes, lawmakers have been feeling the pressure to push the industry to raise its standards. But they have faced stiff resistance from the industry on the one reform that advocates say is most crucial: raising staffing levels to 4.1 hours a day per patient. It appears that there’s been a... Read more »

Feds finally investigate safety issues at Uptown nursing home

photo courtesy of flickr/ulrichkarljoho 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.... Read more »

New nursing home concern: unregistered sex offenders

Photo courtesy of Flickr/ulrichkarljoho In the last year we found out that area senior citizens are living in nursing homes that are understaffed and occupied by sex offenders. A new report shows that there are many unregistered sex offenders living at these homes as well, and the state appears to have cut back on its... Read more »

Chicago psychiatrist pushed drugs to seniors

A Chicago psychiatrist who over-prescribed antipsychotic drugs to nursing home patients was paid $490,000 to promote the drug by its manufacturer, according to the Chicago Tribune. The report was part of the Tribune’s ongoing investigation into nursing home safety. According to the report, Dr. Michael Reinstein promoted the popular antipsychotic drug, Seroquel, for its manufacturer... Read more »

Which communities will face the biggest property tax increases?

Cook County property owners will face steep property tax hikes, according to analysis in the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune. Both newspapers analyzed data from the Cook County Assessor’s office Tuesday to determine which Chicago neighborhoods would have the highest property tax increase as the county phases out a controversial program to cap such... Read more »

Tribune nursing home story points out another racial disparity

The Chicago Tribune showed today that some seniors are victims of rape, beatings and other violent acts at the hands of mentally ill residents living in the same facilities.   In at least two cases, someone died from injuries in such an attack.     This is a concern for all seniors considering entering a nursing... Read more »

Alden Management Promises Changes in Meeting with Elected Officials

A representative from Alden Management Services promised capital improvements to two of its majority-black nursing homes and outreach to area churches, but did not pledge to hire additional staff in a meeting Friday with elected officials and Illinois Department of Public Health leaders. Senator Jacqueline Collins, Rep. Andre Thapedi and Ald. Freddrenna Lyle, Illinois Department of Public Health Director... Read more »