Dangers of Large Nursing Home Chains
Families rely on nursing homes to provide quality care to their loved ones. Conditions such as dementia in senior citizens may leave a family with no choice but to entrust the safety of their loved one to a nursing home or long-term care center.
Nursing home chains are some of the largest aged care providers in the United States. Unfortunately, the size of a company does not always equate to the quality of care provided in these facilities.
Have you or a loved one suffered harm or injury due to inadequate care in a national nursing home chain? Contact the personal injury attorneys at Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 (toll-free phone number) or use the contact form today for immediate legal advice and schedule a free consultation.
Our professional and compassionate attorneys understand how challenging it is for families to deal with nursing home companies providing inadequate care. Our law firm will fight to hold the negligent nursing company fully accountable under Illinois law to help you recover compensation for your loss.
Our nursing home abuse lawyers accept all injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you pay nothing until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury trial award.
What Is the Difference Between For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Nursing Homes?
Nursing homes exist to serve the residents and provide 24-hour care and assistance with daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, and grooming. They are also responsible for caring for a resident's nutritional and medical requirements.
Today most nursing homes in the market are operated by a relatively small group of companies focused on maximizing profits and revenue at each center.
Skilled nursing facilities that were once dedicated to providing the best possible care have become nothing more than an opportunity to make money as larger operators and private equity-owned companies enter the industry.
Approximately 68% of nursing care facilities in America are for-profit facilities (nursing home chains). These facilities prioritize financial revenue and return to shareholders. Non-profit organization facilities do not prioritize financial revenue and are not responsible for providing a financial return to shareholders.
Facilities bill the government through the Medicare and Medicaid programs for the treatment and care of residents in the home. Recent figures suggest that the nursing home industry seeks fraudulent reimbursement from Medicare for approximately $1.5 billion per year for treatments and care that the patient did not receive.
What Causes Negligent Care in Nursing Home Chains and Assisted Care Facilities?
Nursing facilities are regulated by the government and have a professional duty of care to the residents and patients in the senior home. When companies prioritize revenue over the resident's care, the risk of negligence increases.
The ownership business model for maximizing profits can result in a dangerous environment for residents. As nursing staff levels are reduced, and overall costs are reduced, the daily needs of many residents go unfulfilled and unmonitored.
Residents and patients at facilities controlled by nursing home chains may suffer from protracted neglect or episodes of abuse carried out by unmonitored patients or over-worked staff. The government punishes some facilities with the lowest marks by forcing new management to take control.
Inadequate Levels of Staff and Training
The highest factor in predicting poor quality of care in a nursing facility is inadequate nursing staff levels. A skilled nursing facility that prioritizes clients and not revenue will ensure that high-quality care is provided through adequate staffing levels.
In addition, nursing assistants and certified nurse aides (CNA) might be assigned tasks above their level of expertise to save money and increase revenue. Licensed practical nurses or registered nurses should only carry out certain care tasks. Facilities that focus on patient care and not revenue will ensure appropriate care delivery.
A recent study found that the largest chains in America provide significantly lower levels of care than non-profit government-run facilities due to inadequate staffing levels. Reducing staff numbers is a deliberate strategy to lower costs and maximize profits.
A US Department report showed that the inadequate levels of nursing staff in for-profit nursing home companies were shown to cause a 41% increase in serious harm and injuries.
Examples of serious injuries caused by negligent nursing staff levels include:
- Resident weight loss and malnutrition
- Pressure sores
- Accidents and falls
- Poor hygiene-related medical conditions
- Resident abuse
Pursuing a Civil Lawsuit Against a Nursing Home Chain
Understandably, when a loved one at a nursing home chain suffers harm or is mistreated, the family may initially experience feelings of concern that may give way to anger. Seeking restitution for their loved one or simply to prevent a similar incident from happening to another person, families may elect to pursue a civil lawsuit against the chain.
Pursuing a civil claim against a nursing home chain may be more difficult than a similar claim against an independently operated facility or controlled by an individual owner.
To insulate themselves from liability and reduce exposure, some facilities controlled by corporate owners have set up elaborate limited liability companies or established corporate residency in states with laws favorable to their business interests.
In addition, many nursing home chains in the market have enacted arbitration clauses with their admission paperwork. These clauses stipulate that a claim for injuries should be adjudicated via a private arbitration system instead of a traditional jury trial.
Our Experience Litigating Cases Involving Senior Living Centers and Nursing Home Chains
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC is committed to holding nursing home operators fully accountable when a patient is injured at their facility, regardless of their size.
Our law firm has prosecuted nursing home negligence and wrongful death lawsuits against nursing home chains in Illinois and across the United States. Our experience with these cases enables us to fairly and accurately assess your case and options for moving forward with a claim or lawsuit.
Here is a comprehensive list of the largest nursing home chains in America.
- Aegis Living
- Agape Senior
- American Baptist Homes of the Midwest
- American House
- Arbor House Corporate Office
- Ashley Manor, L.L.C.
- Assisted Living Concepts Inc
- Atrium Health
- Autumn Corporation
- Avalon Health Care Group
- Avante Group
- Bayada Home Health Care
- Bee Hive Homes
- Belmont Village, L.P.
- Benchmark Assisted Care Living
- Brightview Senior Living
- Britthaven, Inc.
- Brookdale Senior Living, Inc (Glenview Capital Management)
- Brotoloc Health Care Systems Inc
- Capitol Senior Living
- Capri Communities
- CareOne Nursing Homes
- Carillon Assisted Care Living
- Carlton Golden Living
- Century Park Nursing Homes
- Chancellor Health Partners
- Colorado Assisted Living Facilities, LLC
- Commonwealth Assisted Living
- Consulate Health Care
- Continental Manangement
- Country Cottages
- Country Meadows
- Covenant Retirement Communities
- DePaul Adult Care Communities
- ElderWood Senior Care
- Elite Care
- EPOCH Senior Living
- ERA Living Inc.
- Erickson Living
- Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society
- Farmington Centers, Inc.
- Five Star Senior Living
- Frontier Management
- Genesis HealthCare Corp
- Golden Living
- Good Neighbor Care Centers, LLC
- Grace Management
- Greenfield Senior Living Communities
- Harbor House Assisted Living
- HarborChase Nursing Home Companies
- HCR ManorCare Rehabilitation Centers
- HealthBridge Management
- Hearth Management, LLC
- Heritage Operations Group
- Highgate Senior Living
- Holiday Retirement
- Horizon Bay Skilled Nursing
- Integral Senior Living
- JEA Senior Living
- Juniper Communities
- Kaplan Development Group
- Keystone Senior Management Services
- Kindred Healthcare Nursing Home
- Kisco Independent Living Facilities
- Laurel Health Care Company
- Leisure Care
- Life Care Centers of America
- Life Care Services
- Lifespace Communities, Inc.
- Lifestyles Senior Housing Managers, LLC
- Long Term Care Management Services, LLC
- Lorien Health Systems
- Lutheran Services for the Aging
- Management Seven
- ManorCare Senior Living Facilities
- Marquis Companies
- Meridian Senior Living
- Merrill Gardens, LLC Senior Living Care
- Methodist Homes Corporation
- Milestone Senior Living
- Mission Healthcare Nursing Home
- Mississippi Methodist Senior Services, Inc
- National Church Residences
- National HealthCare Corporation
- Newby Management Nursing Home
- Pacifica Assisted Living Facilities
- Pathway Assisted Living Facilities
- Petersen Life Care Centers
- Platinum Health Care
- Preferred Care Partners
- Premier Assisted Living Facilities
- Presbyterian Homes and Service
- Prestige Nursing Care Facilities
- Provena Health & Life Care Centers
- Provision Living, LLC
- Quality Life Management, LLC.
- Regency Pacific Nursing Home
- Rennes Assisted Life Care Centers
- Retirement Living Management
- Ridgeline Management Company
- Rosetta Assisted Living
- Rosewood Care Centers
- Sava Senior Nursing Home
- Sears Methodist Retirement System
- Senior Lifestyle Corporation
- Senior Resource Group
- Senior Solutions Management Group, LLC
- Senior Star Living
- Seniors Management-North, Inc
- Signature HealthCARE LLC
- Silverado Golden Living
- SkilledHealthCare, LLC
- Spectrum Retirement
- Spring Arbor Living
- Francis Health Services
- Sunrise Senior Living
- Sunwest Management Inc.
- The Arbor Company
- The Ensign Group
- Touchstone Senior Service
- Trilogy Health Service
- Trinity Senior Communities
- TRISUN Healthcare
- Tutera Senior & Health Care
- Ultimate Care New York
- Universal Health Care
- Vi Living by Hyatt
- Village Concepts Nursing Home
- Volunteers of America National Service
- Watermark Retirement Living
- White Oak Management, Inc
How Do I Claim Compensation for Negligent Care in a Nursing Home Chain Facility?
If you or a loved one have suffered harm or serious injuries from negligence in a nursing home chain, do not hesitate to contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers, LLC at (888) 424-5757 for immediate legal assistance.
You may be able to hold the facility responsible and recover compensation for your losses, including medical expenses, pain, and suffering.
A negligence claim settled by our law firm may provide compensation that covers:
- Medical bills
- Physical pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
- Emotional and psychological distress
- Cost of the resident moving to another facility
- Rehabilitation program expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Funeral expenses
Our law firm provides compassionate and professional service to clients who have been injured due to someone else's carelessness.
We accept all injury cases on a contingency fee basis. This agreement ensures you pay nothing until your case is resolved through a negotiated settlement or jury trial award.
All confidential or sensitive information you share with our legal team remains private through an attorney-client relationship.