Friday, July 17, 2009
A male resident living at a nursing home in Illinois molested 10 female residents and was removed to a psychiatric facility off-site.
The man had a history of being a sex offender, and residents of nursing homes are now asking the questions, can sex offenders live in nursing homes?
The Illinois Department of Public Health said that administrators failed to protect the female residents from the man. And even though the man was removed from the nursing home, there are reports than another sex offenders is residing there.
In Illinois, the nursing home is required to tell the Illinois Department of Public Health about any resident who is a sex offender and must do a “risk analysis” of the offender to determine whether staff will be able to care for the offender and to prepare a care plan. The sex offender must be placed in a private room and the home is required to tell residents, prospective residents, and families they can ask whether an offender lives at the home.