Nursing Home Abuse

Illinois has approximately 1,200 different nursing homes and long-term care facilities that serve more than 100,000 residents statewide. While these facilities are licensed, regulated, and inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health, the sad reality is that nursing home abuse still occurs at even some of the most respected facilities throughout the state.

According to a government audit performed by the Health and Human Services in 2017, Illinois was found to have the most incidents of nursing home abuse than any other state in the U.S. Using investigative data analysis, auditors identified cases in which hospital emergency room records indicated possible sexual or physical abuse, or neglect, of nursing home residents over a two-year period between 2015 and 2016. In 28% of these cases, investigators could find no evidence that the abuse was ever reported to local law enforcement despite federal laws requiring that nursing homes report any signs of abuse.

Whether or not you have a family member or loved one living in a nursing home or long-term care facility, this news is quite disturbing. Most people leave their loved ones in these types of facilities assuming that they will get the highest level of care around the clock. The frightening reality is you may never know how your loved one is being treated when you're not around. How can you know for sure if you've chosen a safe and caring facility versus one with a history of abuse and neglect?

Has your loved one been victimized?

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What are some common forms of abuse?

If you're worried that your family member or loved one may be the victim of abuse, neglect, or some form of negligence, there are a number of signs to be aware of. In the worst of cases, nursing home abuse, neglect, or negligence can lead to life-threatening injuries or worse, a wrongful death. While it can be hard to know for sure if your loved one has been victimized, I can help you understand and identify the various forms of abuse, neglect, and medical negligence that can lead to serious injury. Generally speaking, most nursing home abuse cases cover the following:

  • Bed sores and pressure sores
  • Medication errors
  • Physical and sexual assault or abuse
  • Malnutrition
  • Physical or chemical restraints
  • Verbal abuse
  • Other forms of elder abuse

Who regulates nursing homes?

Nursing homes in Illinois have to be licensed, regulated, inspected, and certified by a number of public and private agencies at both the state and federal level. This includes agencies like the Illinois Department of Public Health and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Financing Administration. These agencies do have separate but often overlapping jurisdictions that are designed to oversee the care and treatment of any resident in a nursing home or long-term care facility.

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At the end of the day, we all just want our loved ones to be taken care of. If you have any suspicion that yours is suffering from nursing home abuse, neglect, or negligence, don't wait. Call my office today and schedule a free consultation today so we can go over the details of your case. Together, we can help ensure your loved ones are taken care of and pursue financial compensation if they have been mistreated.

Nursing Home Abuse Attorney Serving Peoria, Illinois

Putting a family member or loved one in a nursing home can be a difficult decision. Finding out that they’ve been abused while in that facility — that can be outright devastating. If your family member has been the victim of nursing home abuse, call the Ghantous Law Offices today. I can help you get justice for your loved ones and protect their rights.