One type of neglect that is, sadly, too common in Illinois nursing homes, including those in the greater Chicago area, occurs when the nursing home's patients are malnourished or dehydrated. While it is never excusable for a nursing home patient to suffer from malnutrition or dehydration, it is also rarely the intent of a nursing home employee to starve one of their patients or deprive them of the water. As such, the question becomes, what exactly leads to a patient getting seriously ill or dying because of malnutrition?
A previous blog post suggested that bed sores are common in Chicago-area nursing homes, but they are not excusable. If a bed sore leads to a serious condition, like fatal infections, family members have the right to pursue compensation.
Although bed sores are relatively common occurrences in the nursing homes and other assisted living facilities of Cook County and the greater Chicago area, that does not make their occurrence excusable.
Many Americans, including those from the Cook County, Illinois, area, know someone who has stayed at a nursing home. It is not uncommon for those who are ill, suffer a permanent injury or are elderly and unable to take care of themselves to stay at a nursing home for care. In fact, in 2014 alone, there were as many as 15,000 nursing homes in the United States with over 1.4 million residents.
Residents of nursing home are completely dependent on nursing home staff to take care of their daily needs, including their healthcare needs. If a resident's health is not taken care of, his or her condition could quickly deteriorate. These matters may only be made worse if it is believed that the resident's worsened condition was due to an act of negligence or nursing home abuse.
An Illinois woman is pursuing legal action against a nursing home where her aunt was a resident, the Cahokia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She is seeking over $250,000 in compensation. The woman's aunt passed away while in the care of the nursing home. The woman claims her aunt's death was due to medical negligence, and that her aunt was in extreme pain prior to passing on.
When a loved one is placed in a nursing home it is usually because they can no longer take care of their daily needs or that they need a certain standard of care that cannot be provided by loved ones. Oftentimes, a nursing home resident's medical provider will have certain requirements in place for the nursing home to follow, to ensure the safety of the resident. If these orders are not followed, the results could be catastrophic.
A reason that many families in Illinois choose to place their ill or infirm loved ones in a nursing home is so the loved one can have immediate medical treatment if it is necessary. While a nursing home is not a hospital, its staff will have trained medical professionals who can provide competent care as soon as it is required. The speed with which medical treatment is provided can mean the difference between the person surviving and getting better or growing worse and dying.
Nursing homes in Illinois are supposed to care for the residents as required, provide them with a safe place to live and help them to do that which they are no longer able to do on their own. While most facilities can be trusted to do as they are expected in a caring and professional manner, there are times when even well-regarded facilities will make mistakes. Then there are those facilities that are dangerous and have a history of neglect, abuse and medical errors that lead to injury and nursing home death. When there is a belief that this is happening or has caused death, the families of the residents must understand that they have the right to pursue legal compensation.
When a family makes the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, one of the worst scenarios is if there is nursing home abuse or death due to something that the staff did. There is also the chance that neglect was the cause of the injury or death. These cases are troublesome when they arise and investigations promise to put a stop to them, but they still happen frequently. If there is even a suspicion that abuse has led to a resident injury or death, knowing how to pursue compensation is key.