MOMENCE – Workers at Momence Meadows Nursing Home are part of a statewide strike Monday morning. The Home is part of a network owned by Infinity Health Care Management, one of 14 local nursing homes in Illinois striking Monday with nearly 700 workers participating.
Momence Meadows Nursing Home workers are part of the SEIU Health Care Illinois Union asking for better working conditions, including more personal protection equipment (PPE) during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Two Infinity owned homes in the Chicago area, City View Multi-Care Center in Cicero has reported the highest number of infections in the state, while Niles Nursing & Rehab holds the highest deaths.
Earlier this year, Infinity received nearly $13 million dollars in COVID-19 funding through the CARES act. Workers report Infinity stopped pandemic pay at the end of July.
As of Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 11 cases of COVID-19 currently at the Momence nursing home. The home is one of ten facilities in Kankakee County with active cases of COVID-19 reported. At maximum capacity, Momence Meadows Nursing Home can hold 140 residents and is concerned a medium-sized nursing home facility.