Selecting a nursing home is a decision that should not be put off until there is an emergency. Families may worry that their loved one will be neglected or abused in a nursing home. Doing research and watching for warning signs are the best methods to prevent nursing home abuse, serious injury or death.
Folks in Cook County, Illinois, want the best for their loved ones, including their right to live out their golden years in peace and comfort. Unfortunately, this isn't always the experience they have. Far too many elders experience nursing home abuse or neglect.
Many Chicago area families have loved ones who are older. As our population continues to age, the need for good care increases. Having to place a loved one in a nursing home is a hard thing for many families to have to go through. Although most people want to live at home as long as possible, many times it comes to a point where they must be placed in a nursing facility. Most of these facilities are safe and take good care of their residents, but, occasionally, these residents face serious neglect and abuse.
The decision to place a loved one in a nursing home is not an easy one for most Chicago residents. It can be stressful when a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves and needs to be in a facility that can help them. Family members can feel guilty about their decision and will want their loved one to go to the best possible place. Most of the time nursing homes are safe. But, occasionally these facilities can be understaffed, and unexpected injuries or even deaths can occur.
Many families in the Cook County area have had to make the agonizing decision to place their loved one in a nursing home. Although most people do not want to put a family member in a nursing home, they are necessary facilities for those who are unable to take care of themselves. As a large population continues to age, more people will need skilled nursing care. But, while most facilities understand the importance of patient safety, some facilities have caused serious nursing home abuse injuries.
Many families have loved ones who live in a nursing home. Many times, older adults are not able to take care of themselves and need to be in a safe place. Nursing homes provide living arrangements for vulnerable adults. These are important places for Cook County residents, but unfortunately, there are many reports of nursing home abuse.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that approximately 1 in 10 patients are suffering from bedsores at any given time. They estimate that of those, approximately 13 percent are men and 11 percent are women who currently reside in nursing homes. While treatable in the early stages, nursing home neglect can allow the problem to reach life-threatening and even fatal, stages.
Nursing homes in Illinois are certified and regulated by several agencies, both federal and state. While each agency is separate from the next, their jurisdictions do sometimes overlap.
With advances in technology, the public has seen videos of disturbing acts, rather than just hearing about them. Since videos recording devices are cheap and easy to place and access, many are recording what is happening to them and around them. One video taken in a South Holland nursing home appears to show nursing home staff abusing an elderly patient. The video has sparked a personal injury lawsuit against the nursing home and several of the employees seen in the video.