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Cicero nursing home cited in resident-on-resident assault

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A resident in a Cicero nursing home was injured after being attacked by a fellow resident. The resident who assaulted him had been released to the nursing home from the Illinois Department of Corrections. During the months prior to the assault, the recently released resident had been observed using street drugs such as crack cocaine and marijuana, hitting other residents, and engaging in self-mutilation.

The victim of the assault sustained a laceration which required stitches.

One of the basic duties that nursing homes have is to keep the residents safe from violence. In order to do this, they must make sure that the residents that are admitted to the facility are appropriate candidates for living in that setting. When a resident is not an appropriate candidate for admission, the facility must decline to admit the resident. If the resident is admitted and then demonstrates the type of aggressive and unacceptable behaviors demonstrated by the resident who arrived from prison, then the resident must be discharged from the facility.

Nursing homes are a particularly dangerous place to have physically aggressive residents because many of the other residents in the facility suffer from physical or mental impairments which limit their ability to avoid danger or defend themselves.