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A nursing home in Girard, Illinois had abuse complaints lodged against it. Investigators found that the workers at Pleasant Hill Village Nursing Home was abusing residents. A fine of $25,000 was levied against the home.

A February report by the Illinois Department of Public Health indicated the incidents might have started as early as August 2006.

Aides allegedly poked one resident with a pin to keep her from getting out of her wheelchair; held an alarm next to the ear of another to keep her in bed; intentionally grabbed a resident’s injured arm and asked, “Does this hurt?”; restrained one man by holding his arms behind his back and bending his fingers backward; and forced residents to shower against their will.

The nursing home is challenging the fine saying it has taken steps to remedy the situation. The state differs with that account and says the home did nothing until the police came in to investigate.

For more information on this subject matter, please refer to the section on Medical Malpractice and Negligent Care.

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