SPRINGFIELD — The state has cited a Wood River nursing home for allegedly failing to ensure the safety of an intellectually disabled resident who died after choking on food.
The Illinois Department of Public Health cited Madison Terrace, a four-bed intermediate care facility at 95 N. Main, with an “A” violation of the Nursing Home Care Act and fined the facility $6,250. An “A” violation pertains to a condition in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will result or has resulted. An “AA” violation is cited when there is a condition or occurrence at the facility that proximately caused a resident’s death.
The facility is scheduled for a pre-hearing Wednesday on the citation.
According to the report, the resident, a 47-year-old non-verbal man, choked on bread on Feb. 21 and was taken to the hospital, where he was put on a ventilator and died Feb. 29. The man had a medical history of swallowing problems and was on a pureed diet. The report states he sometimes took food from the kitchen and from other residents. On the night he choked he had “unsupervised access” to bread, according to the report.
Madison Terrace is operated by Community Living Options of Galesburg, Ill.
The report is available on IDPH’s website.