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Nursing Home Abuse Continues To Thrive At Some Nursing Homes

Nursing home residents have a list of enumerated rights under the Nursing Home Reform Act of 1987 and Illinois state laws. Problems occur when nursing homes systematically fail to recognize these rights in the name of greater profits. Nursing home abuse in the form of malnutrition, financial abuse, neglect, lack of sanitation and other forms continue to plague the vulnerable, elderly individuals in our society.

When a resident goes through the intake process at a nursing home, the healthcare facility has a responsibility to create a care plan for that resident. On a first impression, family members may feel as though they can depend on the nursing home to properly care for their loved one. Family members should refrain from making any assumptions as to the adequate care that their loved one will receive based on the creation of this plan. The reality is that nursing homes often fail to honor this care plan or provide ongoing care that is consistent with it. It is up to family members to make an effort to consciously be aware of the care of their loved one at all times following the creation of this care plan.

If you have a hunch that your loved one is being abused or neglected in a nursing home, then trust your feelings. A nursing home administrator may attempt to ease your feelings with words, but it is important that you realize this individual is not your true advocate. A nursing home administrator has his or her interests within the profitability of the nursing home. You must defend the interests of your loved one by seeking legal help from an individual who can objectively analyze the facts of your case. An Illinois nursing home lawyer is well acquainted with the intake procedures and required standard of care associated with nursing homes. He or she can take time to investigate your case and determine whether you have a valid legal claim.

Taking a Stance Against Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Illinois continues to be one of the leading states for the number of nursing home abuse complaints it receives every year. The Central Complaint Registry (CCR) is charged with the task of handling nursing home complaints. In 2009, the statistics indicate the following in regards to the number of complaints filed:

  • 20,991 total complaints were filed
  • 3,506 reports of abuse and neglect
  • 185 reports of physical abuse
  • 1,837 reports of neglect
  • 975 reports of “other” injuries
  • 82 reports of sexual abuse
  • 47 reports of verbal abuse

It is important for family members to understand that no matter what a nursing home facility says, a loved one may still be the victim of abuse or neglect. This means that family members may need to do some of their own investigating to determine the treatment of their loved one. Family members can also pay attention to these telltale signs of abuse and neglect:

  • Development of bedsores, also known as “pressure sores” (see here)
  • Unexplained bruises, welts and scars
  • Broken bones, sprains and dislocations (see here)
  • Drug over dosages (see here)
  • Signs of being restrained on the wrists
  • Caregiver’s refusal to allow family members to have alone time with a loved one
  • Broken eyeglasses or frames
  • Witnessing controlling or demeaning behavior of a caregiver
  • Rocking, sucking or mumbling of a loved one
  • Bruises around the breasts or genitals
  • Unexplained genital bleeding (see here)
  • Stained clothing
  • Unexplained genital infections
  • Unusual weight loss, dehydration and malnutrition
  • Unsanitary living conditions
  • Unsanitary clothing
  • Financial abuse
  • Unauthorized charges on a credit card
  • Missing items from a loved one’s room
Holding Nursing Homes Accountable for Inferior Care

The minute a family member suspects that a loved one may be a victim of any type of abuse, he or she has a responsibility to take action. Calling an Illinois nursing home abuse lawyer can often be a smart first step to take. A nursing home abuse lawyer has experience in filing complaints with the CCD and can also advise family members about the next step that may be required in their situation.

Trusting Your Instinct and Contacting a Nursing Home Lawyer

Above all else, family members need to trust their instinct. Trusting one’s gut feeling may help prevent any further abuse or neglect of a loved one. Illinois nursing home abuse attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers are here to advocate for the legal rights of your loved and to protect him or her from abuse. Society must be willing to take a strong stance against further nursing home abuse and to show that reforms must be made in nursing home care.

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