One fact of life that no one in Illinois can avoid is the fact that they will get older. As people age their needs change and many people experience more and more health complications. Some of these complications will not require any additional help besides attending doctor appointments and taking prescriptions. However, many illnesses and health complications will require daily care and unfortunately many families are not able to provide the care that their loved ones require.
The Elder Justice Act was passed in March 2010 and faces its 10th anniversary. It was intended to prevent elder abuse, neglect and financial exploitation. But this law was underfunded and inadequately enforced and needs more attention.
Nursing homes must remain constantly on guard to protect their residents against dangers that are unique to those facilities. Any neglect can have deadly consequences. The Illinois Department of Health recently fined a Springfield intermediate-care center $10,000 for the death of a 57-year-old man with Down Syndrome from a severe infection and for infections which also harmed three other residents.
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.