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Proposed change may pave way for lawsuits for nursing home abuse

Abuse in nursing homes is something that Illinois residents and people across the United States would prefer not to think about. It is difficult enough to place a loved one in a facility when their loved one can no longer take care of themselves, and the family does not have ability to provide the level of care their loved one needs at home. When there is a believe that the person has been abused or even suffers nursing home death, it can be overwhelming. A legal filing is frequently considered to receive compensation for what happened, but arbitration was an obstacle that prevented many from pursuing a claim. However, the regulatory agency within the Health and Human Services Department has taken steps to change that.

Nursing home abuse can occur via the internet

When a person needs to be placed in a nursing home in Illinois, the goal is that he or she receives necessary care without concerns about neglect, abuse or even nursing home death due to mistakes or mistreatment on the part of the staff. However, it is an unfortunate reality that these things sometimes occur. Often, the victim's family might not realize what is happening before it is too late. Making matters worse, abuse can come in many different forms and it can go beyond physical and emotional mistreatment.

Nursing home abuse can come from fellow residents

Illinois families who make the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home will not do so lightly. There are many issues that can lead to a person requiring constant care at a facility: from a family being unable to provide adequate care themselves to a person who has medical problems that make living in a nursing home a necessity. One issue that should be a concern to those who place a loved one in a facility is nursing home abuse. Abuse can take many different forms, from physical to emotional to sexual. Often, this is associated with employees at the institution, but a new study is indicating that abuse also occurs at the hands of other nursing home residents.

Signs and causes of nursing home abuse

People in Illinois who have to make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a care facility will have numerous concerns. Most will relate to the person adapting to the new living arrangements. Others will have to do with various health issues and age that necessitated the decision in the first place. Others, however, will have to do with the possibility that a loved one is being abused in the facility. There are many different ways in which a person can be subjected to abuse in a nursing home and it is important to know what they are and how to recognize the signs.

Nursing home maltreatment alleged to have caused death

According to allegations in a recently filed lawsuit, a Chicago area nursing home failed to properly care for a quadriplegic patient, and the staff's errors ultimately led to the man's premature death. The complaint alleges a chain of abuse and mistreatment that demonstrates how nursing home neglect can cause patients unimaginable suffering and lead to an early death.

Understanding the signs of nursing home abuse

When a family in Illinois makes the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, it's not a decision that is come to lightly. In many instances, it is necessary to provide that person with the care he or she needs. A worst-case scenario is when an elderly or infirm loved one is placed in one of these facilities and is subjected to nursing home abuse. This comes in various forms, and it is important that the signs are recognized. If the abusive acts ended with a nursing home death, it is all the more important to be able to find evidence as to who caused it.

Federal rules for litigation of nursing home abuse could change

Many Illinois residents have had to make the difficult decision to place a loved one in a nursing home. Making the decision is difficult in almost any case, but it isn't helped by the frequency of media stories regarding nursing home abuse, nursing home neglect and death.

The right to take action against nursing home abuse

Illinois residents often have to be admitted to nursing homes when they are diagnosed with an illness or even a prolonged medical condition. Elderly residents sometimes have to live in nursing homes in order to recuperate or to spend their final days. Unfortunately, the authorities have determined that, in some cases, members of the nursing home staff abuse and neglect their patients. In some cases, the nursing home abuse and neglect may even lead to the resident's death.

Can security cameras make Illinois nursing homes safer?

Many elderly and chronically ill patients are admitted to Illinois nursing homes for prolonged care each year. Sadly, residents in nursing homes are sometimes abused or neglected by the nursing home staff. Nursing home abuse may include physical abuse as well as sexual abuse. It can lead to psychological and emotional trauma and long-term damage. In 2013 alone, the Illinois Department of Public Health determined that 106 allegations of nursing home abuse and neglect were valid.

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