CCRC to pay $255,000 to settle Fair Housing Act complaint

An Illinois continuing care retirement community will pay a proposed $255,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.

Sedgebrook, a retirement community in Lincolnshire, IL, allegedly had policies in place stretching back to 2011 that limited the freedoms of residents with disabilities, according to a complaint filed with United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Residents who required assistance eating due to a disability were allegedly limited from eating in the communal dining rooms in the independent living wing of the facility. Sedgebrook also allegedly barred residents in the independent living wing from hiring live-in caretakers.

Sedgebrook will pay $210,000 in the settlement to compensate residents and family members, and an additional $45,000 civil penalty. Life Care Services LLC, which manages Sedgebrook and is named a defendant in the suit, also will implement new accommodation policies in its facilities as part of the proposed settlement, which still requires court approval.