Behind the Scenes at Veteran’s Nursing Homes

Recent inspections of Veterans Affairs nursing homes revealed inadequate care for residents across 25 states. Following reports from both USA Today and The Boston Globe discussing poor conditions found in many VA nursing homes, subsequent inspections continued to find substandard care in a large number of facilities. Findings When Inspecting VA Nursing Homes Inspections conducted in April to December 2018… Continue reading Behind the Scenes at Veteran’s Nursing Homes

Deadly Candida Auris Fungus Invades Chicago Nursing Homes

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Nursing homes and health care facilities in Chicago and throughout the state have seen a wave of Candida Auris cases. As of January 31, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the state has 296 confirmed clinical cases and 4 probable clinical cases. Often affected by underlying medical problems or weakened immune systems,… Continue reading Deadly Candida Auris Fungus Invades Chicago Nursing Homes

Improper Evictions Are Putting Nursing Home Residents at Risk

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Nursing homes in Illinois are improperly evicting residents, putting then at risk for serious injury, illness, or death. Often referred to as resident dumping, nursing homes sometimes kick residents out without proper cause, warning, or transition plans, which may affect their ability to get the care they need. Involuntary Nursing Home Discharges Involuntarily and improperly… Continue reading Improper Evictions Are Putting Nursing Home Residents at Risk

Uncovering the Truth: Chicago’s Worst Nursing Home

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Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center in Chicago rates among the city’s worst for providing quality patient care. When people make the difficult decision to move their elderly family members or loved ones with disabilities into skilled nursing facilities, they do so with the expectation that they will receive the highest quality of care. Unfortunately,… Continue reading Uncovering the Truth: Chicago’s Worst Nursing Home

Before You Take Mom to a Nursing Home, Get the Facts About Abuse

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The rising prevalence of elder abuse and the ways elderly loved ones are abused highlight the importance of vigilance. Close monitoring is the best way to ensure that loved ones don’t become one of the estimated 5 million victims of elder abuse each year. Addressing critical gaps in monitoring and safety can help keep loved ones from becoming… Continue reading Before You Take Mom to a Nursing Home, Get the Facts About Abuse

Defining Neglect in Illinois Nursing Homes

Nursing home neglect is failing to provide for a resident’s basic needs like proper hygiene, food, shelter, or medical care. When a nursing home resident’s needs are not met, the risk of physical injury, illness, or financial damages can occur. Forms of Neglect Nursing home residents can suffer from many forms of neglect. These often… Continue reading Defining Neglect in Illinois Nursing Homes

Why Nursing Homes Overmedicate Residents

Overmedication in nursing homes puts patients at increased risk of injury and premature death. Unnecessary medications are often used to chemically restrain people in residential and institutional settings, but sometimes residents are overmedicated by mistake. Intentional overmedication is a form of nursing home abuse. When people are unnecessarily medicated on accident, it may indicate nursing… Continue reading Why Nursing Homes Overmedicate Residents

Is Society Becoming Numb to the Effects of Nursing Home Neglect?

The rising number of stories of elder abuse and negligent nursing care are creating emotional fatigue across the country. As more instances of serious neglect and abuse make headlines, each more shocking than the last, people are becoming desensitized to the maltreatment present in many nursing home facilities. This is creating a hazardous situation as stories of abuse… Continue reading Is Society Becoming Numb to the Effects of Nursing Home Neglect?

Will Large Nursing Home Abuse Verdicts Curb Maltreatment?

Large verdicts in nursing home abuse suits may serve to reduce future instances of assault against elderly residents. Over the past few decades, increasingly large punitive damages against negligent care facilities have forced many offending facilities to change the methods they use to protect residents from harm. Juries Siding with Victims Increased public awareness of… Continue reading Will Large Nursing Home Abuse Verdicts Curb Maltreatment?