So then why does anyone put an elder in a nursing home in Illinois?
Let me tell you why. It’s the worst kept secret.
Everyday Guardians in Probate put their disableds into nursing homes–often against their will. (Wyman, Gore, Drabik, etc.) This is not the law. The Americans with Disabilities act 42 USC 12203 says that there must be reasonable accommodations to enable a disabled person to live fully as a normal bodied one. The US DOJ put out a missive that major efforts, if at all possible, should be made to ensure that disableds age in place. (published elsewhere on this blog). So what gives?
Big business gives, that is. It costs about $1,000 per month to house and feed a senior on cheap food. The staff to patient ratio is about 10 to 1. So if no one cares, grandma and grandpa go straight to the nursing home, against their will and with the full support of mega nursing home care.
It’s the worst kept secret in the US.
And where is the 18th floor Cook County Probate Court on all of this? Right in the trenches with big business. In the Frake case, they have taken a large, strong physical man right before a guardianship, he has suffered unknown pain in his hip (which Ted Rhodes denies), and he is being drugged on psychotropic drugs to the point his son visits and says his voice is barely audible and all dad says to him is he wants to die! He is now a weak, debilitated, frail man in a wheelchair with leg and arm muscles mostly atrophied just a year or so later after the nursing home call.
The family is aghast (sister Semrow, counsin Mike Messer) but nothing is ever done. Judge Quinn sends reports of abuse right back to the abusers (Rhodes, Kerry Peck, etc.) and everything goes no where in circles.
Father Frake wants to live at home. He flew into a rage one day when 2 of the caretakers sent over by Tom Kleinhenz had sex in his guest bedroom. So who was punished for this? The workers? Mr. Kleinhenz? For sure not. Judge Quinn sent Father Frake to Sunrise Nursing home where he likely suffered a fall, was confined to a wheelchair due to undiagnosed hip pain (son Frake report) and he was also chemically restrained and kept in a wheelchair. His eyes are dilated, he can barely lift his head and he tells his son he wants to die. Of course Rhodes/Peck denies all this as Quinn sends reports of abuse back to the abusers!
You can’t make this tragic stuff up.
So the nursing homes will continue to trap and sedate. The probate court will funnel and make the nursing homes owners happy and no one will ever find out if the attorneys and/or the judges own any interests in nursing homes that support this evil, massive, big business. No one will ever report on the dividends paid to the judges and the court appointed attorneys that make a bee line for funneling the elderly into this profit heavy (and medicare fraud heavy –see gillman and other articles) nursing homes.