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What To Do If You Suspect Nursing Home Abuse

Nursing home abuse is an ongoing issue within long-term care facilities, and a recent article from the Los Angeles Times calls attention to this problem and why people should be concerned. There have been numerous accounts of reported abuse at nursing homes, but according to the article, this information has been kept from the public by government authorities. As the relaxed nature of oversight within this industry continues, many senior citizens’ well-being is put in jeopardy. More people are turning to senior care facilities, as the median age of the U.S. population rises, and many are not fully aware of the potential downsides that can occur in these nursing homes. When one places their parent or relative into a nursing home facility, they expect that they will be treated with the appropriate amount of care, but unfortunately, this is not always what is received. Approximately 400 nursing homes were cited with substandard care by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and the full list is in this report, “Uncovering Poor Care in America’s Nursing Homes.”

Within these facilities, some residents experienced outright neglect, being without proper nutrition, suffering in unsanitary conditions, as well as physical abuse, sexual assault, and premature death. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, an advocacy group, points to the fact that the information not being reported in a timely manner and that it should be concerning for people who are considering placing their loved one in a nursing home facility. Thankfully, Medicare’s Center for Clinical Standards and Quality has now reportedly made it their top priority to focus their attention on ensuring that nursing home quality of care is improved. To guarantee that your loved one will be looked after properly, the article suggests searching for a qualified nursing home on the CMS’ Nursing Home Compare site or searching for other online rankings and information. They also recommend seeking advice from a health care professional, and to schedule a visit to the homes you and your family are interested in.

None the less,  it is still important to know what one should do if they suspect their loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse. Signs of nursing home abuse can include unexplained injuries, unresponsiveness, a sudden change in weight, obvious signs of poor hygiene, or out-of-the-ordinary behaviors. According to the law, management of nursing home facilities is required to address concerns you may have regarding the care of your loved one. If you suspect that abuse has occurred, it is recommended that you:

  • Discuss the situation with your loved one: Although they may not want to admit it or may feel uncomfortable, it is important to ask them if they were harmed, feel threatened, or have experienced abuse or neglect.
  • Document everything: This can include taking photographs of any injuries or alarming marks, saving medical reports, keeping relevant documents, and writing down everything that has occurred.
  • Talk to nursing home administrators: If you suspect abuse has taken place, it is imperative that you speak with an administrator of the nursing home and discuss your concerns. With this, it is advised that you remain calm and conversate about what can be done to improve your loved one’s well-being.
  • Talk to a nursing home abuse lawyer: Lawyers are equipped to help you pursue a civil lawsuit to recover compensation if your loved one has been suffered injuries. Compensation can aid you in paying bills for medical expenses, emotional distress, or pain and suffering.

If your elderly loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse and has suffered emotional or physical injuries, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are experienced in handling cases of these matters. Our attorneys handle each case with compassion and understand the pain and suffering you and your family have experienced. Contact us at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your situation with one of our nursing home abuse attorneys.


Nursing home facility facing fine after overdoses

A Chicago nursing home facility is being sought by state and federal authorities to pay a penalty of over $100,000 due to allegations of residents overdosing on heroin last February, the Chicago Tribune reported on November 13.

According to reports, at least five elderly residents of “Continental Nursing & Rehabilitation Center” needed hospital treatment due to a heroin overdose. What’s more, one of the residents treated suffered from an overdose shortly after returning to the facility. Reports also revealed the facility was previously investigated by authorities due to similar allegations taking place inside the facility last year. One of Continental’s owners, identified as Moishe Gubin, said in an interview that he has not learned about any of the overdose incidents taking place in the facility.

Sadly, many families have to deal with a great financial loss when their loved one suffers serious injuries inside nursing home facilities. If someone you love was the victim of nursing home abuse, a skilled lawyer could help you get compensations you need for recovery. Call the Danville attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., today by calling (217) 443-4343 to begin taking your legal actions against negligent parties.


Nursing homes will have cameras in new Illinois law

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner approved a law that will allow nursing homes to install cameras in their facilities, an article from Fox 2 reported.

Reports said HB2462 is expected to start in January 2016 to help curb incidents of abuse and negligence that take place in nursing home facilities. Under the new law, nursing home residents or their family members are given an option to have video cameras capable of recording sounds to be installed in their rooms. A supporter of the law, Attorney General Lisa Madigan stated that families whose loved ones are inside nursing homes will have peace of mind. Installation of such recording devices is expected to protect nursing home residents, Madigan also said. Every year approximately 5,000 nursing home-related complaints are being handled by the Illinois Department of Health and in 2013 at least 106 cases of negligence and abuses were confirmed by the department.

If you suspect that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home facility, enlisting a lawyer is important for you to possibly get compensations needed for recovery. Learn more about your legal options from the lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Woman files lawsuit against Illinois nursing home for poor care

A recent lawsuit has been filed against an Illinois nursing home that alleges abuse. The woman who filed the suit claims that her nursing home cared for her poorly when she told employees that she was suffering from stomach pain.

The Belleview woman states that the nursing home did not give her the medical care that she needed and they did not take her to the hospital when she explained the type of pain she was in. When the woman finally saw a physician, the staff did not mention any abdominal pain to the doctor.

If you or a loved one has lived in a poorly staffed nursing home and has suffered from nursing home abuse as a result of it. Contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


Illinois authorities approve tax hike to help ensure nursing home safety

Illinois state authorities have announced that they have passed a bill that will increase the bed tax that is currently on nursing homes to raise money for safety reform and then the government health care will match the money raised in taxes.

Nursing home executives and the governor have said that the increase in money will allow them to increase staffing at nursing homes, fix the long term care system and hire more state inspectors.

The bill was passed in order to try an reduce the number of violence and abuse cases in the Illinois nursing home facilities. State officials have said that 86 percent of the money collected (which is estimated to be near $290 million) will be given back to facilities.

If you or a loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse, you need experienced representation on your side. Contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. today by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


Southern Illinois nursing home to surrender license

A nursing home in Southern Illinois will be closing its doors after the state decided that they have failed to comply with safety regulations.

The Orchard Court nursing home houses 15 residents and will now have to surrender its license in 90 days. The agreement also states that the nursing home will pay a $12,000 fine. The reasons for the closure are written in a 50 page report by the Department of Public Health and the violations include failing to protect residents to violent attacks.

Many of the incidents revolve around an 18-year-old resident that suffered from mental retardation and beat the other residents. Officials have said that the nursing staff should have made an appropriate care plan for each resident and they failed to do that with the 18-year-old.

Department officials have also said that license revocation is not a common occurrence, but the violations were severe enough to prohibit the nursing home from operating in the future.

Nursing home abuse affects those who may be too vulnerable to speak up for themselves. If your family member has been the victim of elder abuse, contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., by calling (217) 443-4343.


Illinois nursing home sued for negligence

A victim’s estate has filed a nursing home negligence suit against an Illinois nursing home. The suit complains that the nursing home employees violated the woman’s rights until her death.

The suit claims that the woman suffered a broken thigh bone and a fractured  left femur while a resident at the home. The suit states that the fracture to her femur caused her repeated pain and mental anguish.

The suit is claiming that the nursing home failed to provide adequate care and supervision. The suit also claims that the nursing home employees did not notify her doctor that her condition changed and that she was not provided with treatment from trained personnel.

Nursing home abuse can have devastating outcomes on elderly people involved, our thoughts are with the friends and family of the victim.


Seven Chicago Nursing Homes Called Unsafe

On Chicago’s South Side, seven nursing homes have been deemed unsafe.

The seven nursing homes were listed as most unsafe nursing homes out of the 16,000 nationwide. The U.S. Accountability Office compiled a list after 2008 inspections. The inspection uncovered many incidents where safety violations caused injuries or potential injuries to residents. Families considered moving their family members after hearing the news.

If you or someone you care about, has been the victim of nursing home abuse or neglect, contact the Danville nursing home abuse lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C. by calling (217) 443-4343 today.