Coalition speaks out on closure of troubled nursing home

On Thursday, March 24, disability advocates will issued statements regarding Alden Village North, a nursing home on Chicago’s far north side where seven children have died since 2008 as a result of neglect and poor care.

On March 3, the State of Illinois announced it would be revoking Alden Village North’s license. The coalition applauded the move and called on Illinois to find community placements for Alden residents and to enforce fines already levied against Alden, where seven children have died since 2008

Disability advocates from organizations around the city want to ensure that current Alden Village North residents, while transitioning, are given access to quality residential options in integrated communities, and that the Alden Management Company is held accountable for fines already levied against it.

“Revoking Alden North’s license is just the first step,” said Adam Ballard, Access Living’s Youth Community Organizer. “We need to develop quality community based placements for the residents so that young people with disabilities have the chance to live in communities close to their families, and we need to hold Alden accountable so this will not happen again.” Alden still owes more than $190,000 in fines levied against it.

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