Neglect

It does not take outright physical violence to cause serious physical harm. Neglect can cause rapidly declining health leading to permanent damage or even death. Simple lack of supervision can lead to a fatal accident.

Neglect includes, but it not limited to failure to provide:

  • Adequate nutrition
  • Adequate hydration
  • Supervision
  • Hygiene
  • Assistance with bathroom needs
  • Clean clothing and bedding
  • Medical care
  • Medications
  • Protection from safety hazards

Residents typically do not report neglect. Some are afraid or unable. Some simply do not recognize it themselves.

Proper care in a nursing home may seem to some like excessive pampering, but it is not. Residents must have water available at all times, even if that means a staff member has to come to the room frequently to hold the glass. Residents must be supervised at all times to prevent nursing home accidents and injuries. And so much more.

   When you are choosing a nursing home for your loved one in the Chicago area, it is important for your their safety and comfort that you take your time. The Federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ranks US nursing homes on a scale of one to five, with five being “much above average” and one being “much below average.” Rankings are based on factors such as reported nursing home abuse and neglect  and are available on the CMS Website

Bearing in mind that 81 Chicago area nursing homes have recently received a score of one and an additional 81 received a score of two (“below average”) visiting this site before your begin visiting nursing homes is a very good idea.

If you believe a loved one could be suffering from abuse or neglect, you do have options available to you. First off, The Illinois Department of Public Health is in charge of enforcing the Nursing Home Care Act throughout the state of Illinois, and all facilities that fall under the definition of a long term care facility are required to comply with the Act.  First off you can file a complaint with the long-term care ombudsman, who is legally required to investigate your complaint and ensure that the facility complies with the acts required.  If a long-term care facility violates the Illinois Nursing Home Care Act and fails to comply can result in a more in-depth investigation, fines, and other penalties for any violations found.

To learn more about the options you have when you suspect that your family member could be the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect, we recommend consulting one of our experienced attorneys.