December 11, 2012—The family of a woman who was living in an assisted-care facility has filed a lawsuit against the home claiming that, among other things, the woman had maggots growing in her ear from lack of hygiene and personal care.
The Lutheran Home, located in Arlington Heights outside of Chicago, is charged with failing to provide a reasonable standard of care after the family filed a complaint with the Department of Public Health, but no violations were found at that time. A month later, the patient’s daughter watched as the insects were removed from her mother’s ear during an emergency room visit. The family claimed that lack of care on the part of the nursing home staff had led to the problem. The victim has since been moved to another facility.
The Chicago nursing home lawsuit seeks at least $50,000 in damages. The facility has responded that it did nothing wrong and the incident was a “freak occurrence” unrelated to the level of care the patient was given. The Lutheran Home currently has 372 patients, including 80 in a special Alzheimer’s care facility.