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Local Nursing Homes Fined

In recent news, it has been revealed that three nursing homes in central Illinois areas have been fined by the State of Illinois for violating their license agreements. The nursing home facilities that were fined include Gardenview Manor in Danville, University Rehab in Urbana, and Accolade Paxton Senior Living in Paxton. The violations were made aware after the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted routine inspections. University Rehab was charged with two Type B violations, while Accolade Paxton Senior Living was reprimanded with one Type B violation.

However, Gardenview Manor in Danville received the highest fine among the three for a Type A violation, totaling $25,000. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, Type A violations are considered to be the second-most-serious violation category, meaning that there was a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm will occur or has already occurred at this facility. In the case regarding Gardenview Manor, the facility gave a resident medication that was ordered for another resident. This resulted in the resident who received the wrong medication to require hospital care for anti-coagulant poisoning and low blood pressure, which was included in the IDPH’s report.

Nursing home abuse and neglect is a serious issue, and within this past week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services made an announcement that was aimed to help consumers. Starting October 23rd, the agency added a new icon next to nursing homes with reported violations. This icon is designed to make it easier for consumers to identify nursing homes that have been reported for violations regarding neglect, abuse or exploitation.

The website already provides information on nursing home violations, but it has been too difficult for consumers to access in the past, which is why the new icon has been added to the CMS’s Nursing Home Compare website. Updated monthly, the icon will warn consumers about the harmful abuse citations of residents within the past year and potential harmful abuse that occurred during the past two years. The icon comes after the agency’s initiative in April to ensure nursing home quality and safety, which is a growing concern in the healthcare system. This concern is a result of rising costs, an aging population, and shortages of staff. The CMS is focused on increasing transparency between nursing homes and consumers, strengthening oversight, and increasing enforcement of nursing home facility quality of care rules.

Situations of nursing home abuse or neglect are treated with the utmost importance at Spiros Law, P.C. and our attorneys understand the pain and suffering families experience as a result. At Spiros Law, P.C., our attorneys are experienced in handling legal matters involving nursing home abuse and neglect. If your loved one has suffered abuse, neglect or harm while receiving care at a nursing home facility, contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your available legal routes for receiving the compensation you and your loved one deserve.

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.

Illinois authorities investigating nursing home mistreatment

In response to a complaint that a woman’s mother was experiencing abuse within an Illinois nursing home, Alton Police and the Illinois Department of Public Health are conducting an investigation into the facility, the Telegraph reported on December 23.

According to reports, Carol Frederick’s 93-year-old mother suffered injuries inflicted by two Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA). Frederick, 72, also claimed that her mother suffered from bedsores after facility staff left her laying in feces and urine. Frederick alerted authorities after relocating her mother to a rehabilitation center. The nursing home’s name reportedly was not released due to the ongoing investigation and the CNAs involved in the complaint were relieved from their posts.

If you believe that your loved one is being maltreated inside a nursing home facility in Danville, the lawyers of Spiros Law, P.C., may work on your behalf to hold negligent parties liable for your suffering. Learn how we may help you pursue damage claims against negligent nursing home owners today by calling (217) 443-4343.

Proposed Law to Allow Video and Audio Monitoring In Illinois Nursing Homes

On Monday, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a proposed law that would allow families to install video and audio capturing devices in their relatives’ nursing home rooms. While there is currently no law explicitly banning the practice, the proposed law would obligate all nursing home facilities in Illinois to allow families to monitor their relatives with video and audio equipment.

Intended to protect residents from abuse and neglect, video and audio monitoring would allow families to remotely check on their relatives at any time of the day. Critically, the nursing home resident—along with anyone else sharing their room—must first consent to being monitored by their family.

You can read more about this proposed law by clicking here.

At Spiros Law, P.C., our legal team is committed to protecting the rights of nursing home residents from the abuse and negligence of others. To speak with one of our Danville nursing home abuse lawyers today if you or your loved one has suffered from abuse or neglect in a nursing home, please call our offices at (217) 443-4343.