Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan, is now taking steps to prevent the owners of an unlicensed nursing home in the Chicagoland area from operating a similar facility in the future.
Earlier we discussed the now shuttered, Bowes Retirement Center, and how despite the fact that is held itself out as a retirement center, it actually was providing services akin to a nursing home. Investigations by the state and local regulatory agencies also revealed filthy living conditions and residents being abused and neglected.
While the physical building that Bowes used to operate may soon be disposed of in a court-supervised liquidation proceeding, Illinois officials want to take further steps to prevent the owners of Bowes to re-open another facility elsewhere in the state.
Consequently, an injunction has been filed against Angel and Bell Corp. of Palos Heights, Ardent Home Health Care Inc. and Benjamin and Angelina Guzman to prevent similar problems in the future. Madigan’s office expects the court to grant the injunction shortly.
Certainly, taking the regulatory steps necessary to prevent unequipped and unlicensed facilities from operating is an important step towards protecting our elderly. However, I fear that the type of people who operate unlicensed facilities will give little recognition to a court order and may open a similar unlicensed facility when the opportunity arises in the future.
For laws related to Illinois nursing homes, look here.
State lawsuit vs. Bowes owners near end, Courier News, November 5, 2010 by Katie Anderson