PEORIA (WEEK) - Employees have been ruled out of the investigation of an alleged sexual assault at Generations at Peoria. That's according to Andrew Mack of Mack Communications, the consulting company representing the nursing home.
Though two male employees were DNA tested (see previous story below), Mack said Friday, it was out of an abundance of caution.
Instead, he confirmed a male resident is being investigated for this incident and has since been removed from their facility.
When asked if the male resident suffered from any cognitive impairments like Alzheimer's or Dementia, Mack said he could not share that information because of HIPAA, and the fact the the investigation is ongoing.
Mack also said during the day in question, the facility was fully staffed with a one to five, resident to nurse ratio and that lack of staffing did not play a role in any of the accusations.
A local nursing home is under criminal investigation after reports outline an elderly woman was raped in their facility last August.
As 25 News Reporter Lauren Melendez was digging deeper into their history, she uncovered more accusations and learned the nursing home is about to be sued.
Documents from both the Illinois Department of Public Health and Medicare.gov, show the facility is struggling to meet state standards and the $25,000 fine they received for failing to "ensure a resident was free from abuse and sexual assault"
On the heels of these accusations, comes a lawsuit from Peoria Attorney Jeff Green, who said Generations is "chronically understaffed" and "chronically under reports medical events."
"When you have 30 people who have special needs, or dementia or Alzheimer's and you've got one person to care for those 30 people and you've gotta feed those people and get them out of their rooms each day, that's not enough." Green exclaimed.
He also said Generations has yet to reply to two certified letters - to which he adds were delivered and signed for upon receipt. The letters requested information about a 93-year-old World War II veteran and former Caterpillar employee of 24 years, who died after being in their care for 22 days.
"The coroner classified it as being caused by frequent falls and the medical records say that he fell multiple times and hit his head and they did nothing." Green explained.
Peoria County Coroner Jamie Harwood added Thursday, "There is a ton of research - evidenced based research- that demonstrates falls with head injury or significant fractures exacerbate chronic conditions, leading to death. In fact, if you have a chronic illness, like high blood pressure, heart disease, or a metastatic cancer, for example, and you fall and suffer a significant injury (head trauma or pelvic/hip fracture) you have a higher incidence of severely exacerbating those conditions, which can lead to your demise. "
The nursing home's Administrator, Becky Hubbard told 25 News Wednesday, "Generations at Peoria strives to provide high quality care. The facility conducts full investigations on all concerns and fully cooperates with law enforcement on all investigations. The facility is currently disputing the violations and cannot speak further on pending legal matters."
This comes after IDPH revealed Generations was fined $25,000 when a nurse says she "knew something wasn't right" after she found a resident "terrified... with her gown pulled over her breast...adult brief pulled down to her ankles...and her blankets messy like someone balled them up and dropped them on her."
Two male employees and a male resident were DNA tested to
be cross checked with the elderly woman's rape kit. The Peoria Police detective assigned to this case says those results have not come back yet.
Generations is also lagging in other areas. Medicare.gov shows their number of safety citations in the last year is 11.
That's more than double the state average and more than triple the national average.
They've also had one federal fine in the last three years, and now two state fines in 2019. Their health inspection rating is also ranked below average.
Green said that's unacceptable. ""They frequently put profits over people. regardless of someone's medical condition and regardless of someone's age, when people sit there and they're not cared for and they're not fed and they're not treated with dignity and respect, then something's wrong with the industry."