Home Local Death of a nursing home resident: Complaints about long-term care in Illinois are usually dismissed. One woman’s case sheds light on how system works.

Death of a nursing home resident: Complaints about long-term care in Illinois are usually dismissed. One woman’s case sheds light on how system works.

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Medical workers tried to improve Saint’s respiration, then sent her to a hospital — which sent her back to the nursing home, before she was returned to the hospital, where she died. Saint’s ordeal came after her daughter, a registered nurse, said the home had been slow, in her opinion, to diagnose her condition and failed to treat it aggressively. The daughter, Marlene Bryan, filed a complaint over her mother’s treatment with the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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