Champaign, Illinois is one of the largest cities in Central Illinois and shares the campus of the University of Illinois with its neighbor and sister city of Urbana. While the city is most renowned for the College, which is also its largest employer, it is also home to the offices of numerous Fortune 500 companies. It has earned distinction as one of the major hubs in the Silicon Prairie due to its attractiveness to technology companies. Champaign’s population is over 83,000 and is comprised mostly of students and young professionals.
When it comes to mistreatment of people in Champaign-Urbana nursing homes, Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is committed to holding negligent facilities fully accountable for their negligence. Our law firm only represents injured parties exclusively-- meaning we have your interests first and foremost.
Senior Living in Champaign, Illinois
Young people represent such a large portion of Champaign’s population that the senior demographic is often understated. Over 9,000 seniors aged 60 years or older reside in Champaign and there are four nursing facilities within the city’s limits available to meet the needs of those requiring assisted living. Seniors also have access to programs through the Hays Recreation Center, and Douglass Annex which are extensions of the city’s park district.
Activities include pot luck lunches where each person is invited to bring a dish and share with the rest of the participants, bake offs, tea parties, breakfast outings, bridge games, Bingo, Bunco, trivia, Nintendo Wii game nights, fitness programs tailored for seniors, computer classes and exciting outings such as mystery trips and visits to orchards.
Should your loved one require regular care, it is important to conduct a thorough investigation of the facilities you are considering prior to making a decision. Illinois has seen a rise in the number of nursing home abuse lawsuits over the last ten years and this is primarily because for-profit corporations are beginning to enter the nursing care market and these companies often cut corners in order to increase their margins.
As Champaign nursing home attorneys, we feel it is our obligation to provide as much information possible about the prominent nursing facilities in your area so that you can avoid placing your loved ones in a harmful environment. Following are the most notable homes in Champaign and their latest medicare.gov ratings as well as information pertaining to complaints filed and fines assessed against each facility.
Heartland of Champaign
309 East Springfield
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Administrator- Gina Graham
Heartland is part of ManorCare, a for-profit nursing chain, that has gained an unfavorable reputation due to its poor quality of care and its Champaign location has received multiple fines and penalties in the last three years on its way to a meager two star rating from medicare.gov. Its health inspection history includes concerns over hiring practices, the proper screening and training of new hires, refusing to share the results of inspections with residents or their families, failure to dispose of garbage properly and medication errors. Additional concerns include whether patients are receiving the attention required to prevent and treat the development of bed sores.
The problems with this facility have resulted in two fines over the last three years nearing $40,000. In addition, this facility has been denied payment from Medicare and Medicaid due to the treatment of its patients and state of the facility.
Helia Healthcare of Champaign
1915 South Mattis Street
Champaign, Illinois 61821
Administrator- Thomas Stephenson
Helia Healthcare of Champaign is on a watch list for poor care and the mistreatment of patients. This for-profit nursing center employs a barebones staff and its latest health inspection resulted in numerous citations that should cause alarm. These infractions included numerous medication errors, the presence of clutter, wet floors and other environmental hazards that could result in falls, failure to meet the nutritional needs of patients and the neglect of patients who could not eat or drink of their own power.
The fines assessed against this facility over the last three years have exceeded $71,000 and the government has declined numerous Medicare and Medicaid payments pending improvement of the care provided to its residents.
Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Health Care
1315 Curt Drive
Champaign, Illinois 61820
Administrator- Christian Collins
The Illini Heritage Rehabilitation and Heath Care nursing center has received a three star rating from medicare.gov, which ranks it as an average facility with notable concerns for improvement. It is run by a for-profit corporation and provides 60 Medicare and Medicaid qualified beds. The primary concerns noted in its latest assessment were that it failed to transfer money and property to the rightful person following the death of a patient, mishandled the preparation and delivery of food and had a poor system of disease prevention.
The facility paid one fine for an undisclosed amount and has not been denied any Medicare or Medicaid payments over the last three years.
How to Tell if your Loved One is Being Mistreated at a Champaign Nursing Home
Many of the victims of nursing home abuse or neglect feel deep shame or embarrassment and suffer in silence. For this reason, it is important to take a proactive approach regarding the care of your loved ones and to notice the warning signs of abuse. If you suspect something is wrong, but you don’t feel there is sufficient evidence to make an allegation, Contact one of our Champaign nursing home lawyers to learn more about what you can do to detect and respond to neglect or mistreatment and how to move your loved one to a safer environment.
Following are some of the signs that may reveal abuse or neglect and which would warrant a deeper investigation.
- Sudden changes in mood or behavior. Even if your loved one is not communicating that he or she is being mistreated, abuse can alter his or her behavior. Your loved one may have violent outbursts, suffer from depression or act differently in the presence of a caregiver than when that caregiver is no longer present.
- Physical signs of abuse, neglect or improper care. Whether the result of direct abuse or neglect, there are ways you can tell if your loved one is not being cared for properly. He or she may lose an alarming amount of weight, show physical symptoms such as fractures or bed sores or come down with a sudden infection or illness.
- Any injury that you believe could have been prevented through proper care. Medication errors, trips and falls and the development of bed sores are all examples of accidents that require deeper investigation. Accidents do happen from time to time, but does the facility have a history of similar events? Obtaining this information from a Champaign nursing home attorney will help you decide your next course of action.
The safety of your loved one should be the priority of every nursing facility seeking the opportunity to provide his or her care. Unfortunately, we live in a world filled with corporations that place profits above decency and we must protect the ones we care about the best way we know how. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is dedicated to fighting on behalf of your loved one so that he or she may receive the respect and courtesy that all people deserve.
Contact our Champaign nursing home lawyers today to learn more about the work we’ve done for hundreds of nursing home abuse victims and how we can help you. Should we be unable to collect compensation on your behalf, you can be assured that our services will be completely free of charge.
The City that Would Never have Been
Champaign, Illinois was founded primarily due to what is rumored to be a dispute between Urbana land owners and the Illinois Central Railroad. Some accounts of the story suggest that the property owners of Urbana did not want to give land to the railroad when it was plotting a course through town and it was redirected through what is now Champaign. Other accounts suggest that the resulting route was planned from the beginning; however, as it was more direct than if it had run through Urbana.
When the railroad was established, West Urbana was founded only to be renamed Champaign when it received a city charter in 1860. The histories of Champaign and Urbana are interlinked and even though they exist as separate cities, their economies and activities are interwoven. For this reason, they are often referred to together by outsiders rather than individually.
An Economy Driven by Education, Invention and Technology
The University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana employs over 10,000 people, but Champaign is also host to numerous technology firms’ research and development divisions. These companies all exist inside of an area referred to as the Research Park and the park receives backing from the University of Illinois. Notable companies that have a home in Champaign include Intel, Yahoo!, Abbott Laboratories, Riverbed Technology, the DOW Innovation Center, Caterpillar, IBM, AMD and Wolfram Research. Champaign is also home to the Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, which serves the United States Army Corps of Engineers.
The city also hosts numerous publishers and record producers such as Pogo Studios, Parasol Records and the Nicodemus Booking Agency. Champaign-Urbana’s diverse economy has earned the twin cities the honor of being named among the top five cities to add jobs in the economic turnaround. Its unemployment has dropped over 2.1% since the Great Recession.
Recreation and the Arts
There are plenty of things for residents and visitors to do in Champaign, whether they prefer outdoor activities or enjoy culture and the arts. The city maintains eleven different trails and sixty parks which encompass over 650 acres of land. Those looking to see a show can do so by visiting the Art Theatre Co-op or the Virginia Theatre. Both theatres are historic landmarks and the Co-op is the nation’s first cooperatively owned art movie theatre.
Champaign maintains three museums, one of which is a historic landmark originally built in 1858. The Cattle Bank is one of Champaign’s oldest buildings and is now the County Historical Museum. The Orpheum Children’s Science Museum provides hands on activities for children and the Krannert Art Museum contains works of art that date as far back as when Egyptian Pharaohs still roamed the earth.
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