Illinois Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Serving Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Illinois is one of Chicago’s larger northwestern suburbs and its location within the Golden Corridor makes it an attractive place for affluent white collar workers to take up residence. While home to 74,000 residents, Schaumburg is mostly known for its commercial development. It is home to Motorola Solutions’ world headquarters, the Woodfield Mall and the U.S Headquarters of numerous technology companies. The city is also situated only ten miles from O’Hare International Airport, which is one of the busiest airports in the world.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has established itself as a 'go-to' law firm representing individuals and families in nursing home negligence matters across Illinois. When it comes to representing patients injured in Schaumburg nursing homes, you can rest assured that our office will stop at nothing to make sure the negligent parties are held responsible to the fullest extent under Illinois law. We invite you to speak to an attorney about your situation without cost or obligation.
Senior Living for Schaumbergers
The senior population of the State of the Illinois represents roughly 12.5% of the total and Schaumburg’s senior population is well below that average. Schaumburg is home to 7,100 residents who are 65 or older, which is roughly 9.5%. An additional 8,500 residents are between the ages of 62 and 65, however, which means the city will soon need to cater to the needs of a much larger senior community than once existed.
There are currently only two nursing facilities within Schaumburg’s limits, but its senior center allows elderly residents access to social events, health and fitness programs and a free clinic staffed by a registered nurse. Seniors can take fitness classes, go bowling, play billiards, participate in a senior golf league or involve themselves in many other activities and events. The Senior Center is located at 505 North Springinsguth Road and is open from 9AM to 5PM during week days.
Illinois has experienced a rise in cases of nursing home abuse and neglect over the past ten years and in an effort to prevent new cases, families are being advised to investigate the homes they place their loved ones in before making a final decision. The government offers ratings of nursing home on the medicare.gov site and our Schaumburg nursing home attorneys have provided the ratings of each of Schaumburg’s nursing facilities below to assist you in finding the right home for your loved one.
350 West Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60194
Administrator- Anthony Madl
Friendship Village is a non-profit nursing care facility that has access to 250 Medicare and Medicaid qualified beds. Its four star rating overall is above average and its detractors are its large size and the ability of its staff to tend to the needs of every patient. This is a common concern for homes that have larger populations because staff members are required to stretch their time and resources among more patients.
The Friendship Village-Schaumburg home is part of a larger continuing care retirement community and has not been penalized in any way over the last three years. Its only health inspection deficiencies were that it needed to supervise patients with elevated fall risk more closely and provide more adequate care for those needing injections, respiratory care, colostomies or other special services.
675 South Roselle Road
Schaumburg, Illinois 60193
Administrator- Patricia Stoudt
In contrast to its non-profit counterpart on the other side of town, this for-profit center exhibits all of the common problems associated with nursing centers which have been taken over or established by corporations out for profit in recent history. Its overall rating of two stars makes it far below average due to understaffing, poor staff training, health inspection deficiencies and unacceptable quality measures.
The facility received complaints over the last year that it failed to properly administer medications, allowed patients who required assistance eating or drinking to go unsupervised and unassisted and that patients did not receive vaccinations, experienced falls and contracted infections. 5.7% of the resident population experienced bed sores during this period and 13.8% of all residents reported moderate to severe pain which had not been treated promptly. Additionally, over 10% of the resident population lost an unacceptable amount of weight, suggesting nutritional deficiencies.
Many of these problems can be attributed to understaffing in order to lower expenses and the size of the resident population. This home has 214 beds which qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments.
Injuries Caused by Nursing Home Abuse or Neglect
When in doubt about whether your loved one is experiencing nursing home neglect, do not hesitate to contact one of our Schaumburg nursing home lawyers to determine whether your concern is valid. Some of the injuries that can result from negligent care or abuse include, but are not limited, to the following.
- Development of or worsening of bed sores. Pressure ulcers are horrible wounds that result from necrosis of tissue because the blood has been cut off by excessively placing pressure on the joints. They are extremely painful and when they reach stage three or four, they cause painful open wounds that may be infected. Prevention of these sores is as easy as regularly moving a patient so that the blood flows to his or her joints so there is simply no excuse for why our loved ones should need to experience such injuries.
- Slips, trips, falls and drops. The elderly are more easily injured than those who are considerably younger and they heal much slower. Fracturing a hip often leads to complete loss of mobility within a year and there is a high mortality rate among seniors in nursing facilities who break their hips. For this reason, it is important that nursing staff properly supervise patients who are at increased risk of falling and make sure that commonly trafficked areas are free of obstacles or hazards, such as a wet floor.
- Infections. Oftentimes, an infection is the end result of some other form of neglect, such as when a bed sore becomes infected or when inattention to patient hygiene results in a urinary tract infection. Always investigate the cause of an infection and look into whether the facility your loved one is residing at has a poor history of preventing and treating infections.
For more information about your legal rights or about the first steps that you should take when suspecting that your loved one is the victim of abuse, contact the Schaumburg nursing home attorneys of Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. Our first priority is making sure that your loved one is safe and we have assisted hundreds of families in transitioning their loved ones from harmful environments into those that are safe and comfortable. We would be happy to help you determine which facility would be the best fit for your loved one and to represent his or her interests in seeking justice from those who caused him or her harm.
Our consultations are free and so are our services if we are unable to secure compensation on behalf of your loved one.
A Brief History of Schaumburg, Illinois
Schaumburg had very humble beginnings and remained isolated for the majority of its existence, primarily because it was not built along any major railroads or waterways and had nothing of strategic value to offer that other developments didn’t already provide. The first settlers of the area were primarily German immigrants. Although not confirmed, rumors suggest that Johann Sunderlage moved to the area, residing in what is now Hoffman Estates while working on a survey team on the Joliet canal. He loved the area so much that when he returned to Germany, he packed up his relatives and closes friends and brought them back to the area to create a settlement.
The land was split between Sunderlage’s group and settlers from New England, but by the 1850s, the German population outnumbered the New Englander population by 150%. It was in this year that the town received its name when, during a township meeting to debate the change of name from Sarah’s Grove, a wealthy German landowner made a violent outburst and demanded that the township be called Schaumburg. The New Englanders headed west eventually, leaving the German population behind. Schaumburg Township was settled completely by Germans by 1870 and it remained in the hands of German-born immigrants and their descendants until the Great Depression.
The Great Depression allowed an influx of residents who were not born to German immigrants as German land owners were forced to give up their lands due to foreclosure. Most of the town’s residents spoke German as their first language well into the 1950s, however, and German heritage remains important to the city to this day.
Schaumburg remained a small and isolated settlement for most of its existence due primarily to its exclusion from most of the transportation networks of the time. The mass production of automobiles and development of highways changed this and allowed the township to begin to flourish. It officially incorporated into a city in 1956 and since experienced a population boom as large commercial and financial giants began to move in.
Schaumburg’s Commerce Driven Economy
Schaumburg is home of headquarters for numerous Fortune 500 companies, both domestic and international and its Woodfield Mall is the 11th largest mall in the United States. The mall houses over 300 stores and provides employment to 3,200 workers. Motorola Solutions is the only company within Schaumburg to employ more people— its World Headquarters employs 7,000 people. Other notable employers include IBM, Zurich Insurance Group, Comcast, Verizon Wireless and Genworth Financial.
Schaumburg is also home to one of only two IKEA locations within the State of Illinois. The attraction of numerous commercial and financial companies to the city provides the city and allows its government to collect taxes from businesses in order to save residents money. Schaumburg is also home to several universities, including Roosevelt University, which is the largest four year college in the area.