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Report: No Supervision Before Nursing Home Homicide

Report indicates staffers at Oak Park Health Care failed to ensure supervision and safety of patients. Meanwhile, a lawsuit claims the facility failed to protect 80-year-old beating victim from abuse and neglect.

A report issued by the Illinois Department of Public Health cites negligent care at the Oak Park health facility where a man was fatally beaten last month.

According to the agency's findings, the staff at Oak Park Health Care, 625 N. Harlem Ave., failed to "ensure the supervision and safety" of Anibal Calderon, the victim of a beating by a 66-year-old man, a fellow patient in the facility's dementia ward.

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Though investigators say the two men had no prior issues of violence or aggression toward each other, both were prone to wandering, outbursts, forgetfulness and aggressive behavior. The report indicates staffers at the facility did not make the proper adjustments to account for their potentially volatile conditions. A copy of the full report accompanies this story as a PDF.

The two men fought on Feb. 12, and Calderon, 80, was left with serious head injuries. He was taken to Rush Hospital in Chicago, where he later died. No charges have been filed.

According to TribLocal, IDPH "will forward its findings to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which can issue sanctions against the nursing home."

Meanwhile, Calderon's family is filing suit against Oak Park Health Care, alleging the facility violated federal and state regulations by failing to protect Calderon from abuse and neglect. The suit also alleges Oak Park Health Care is understaffed and slow to respond to complaints and to report incidents of abuse.

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