The Chicago Tribune had an article about allegations of a ManorCare nursing home overmedicating a resident. In a lawsuit filed, the family of Dolores Howorth claims the Western Springs resident died of kidney failure caused by dehydration because ManorCare Health Services chemically restrained her. Apparently, she was given medication that wasn’t necessary to treat her dementia and was physically restrained with a wheelchair lap restraint. The nursing home’s negligence and overmedication caused the death of the 74-year-old woman less than a month after she arrived at the facility.
Howorth was admitted to ManorCare’s Arcadia dementia unit on March 20, 2009. Within 48 hours, she was prescribed Ativan, a sedative. Four days later she was prescribed Seroquel, an anti-psychotic. The lawsuit stated that Howorth lost 16.1 pounds in her first 12 days at ManorCare. Howorth was rushed to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital April 15, 2009, and was pronounced dead a few hours after admission. The Illinois Department of Public Health investigated and cited ManorCare for improper care, neglect and improper restraint of Howorth.