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COVID-19 is Leaving Nursing Home Residents in Limbo

Screen Shot 2020-06-12 at 9.29.50 PM.pngCOVID-19 is spreading like wildfire through nursing homes and creating a dangerous, potentially fatal situation for elderly residents and those with underlying health conditions such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, etc. Those who acquire the virus are being left in a state of limbo between hospitals and the healthcare they need, and nursing home facilities that don't have the training or equipment to care for them.

Suing a Negligent Nursing Home For Exposing Your Loved One to Coronavirus

senior-5088204_640.jpgNursing home residents are highly vulnerable to coronavirus and the potentially lethal respiratory injuries it causes. Nursing home care providers have a responsibility to ensure adequate protections are in place to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the virus. When care providers are negligent in their duties, data from around the world shows that such negligence has deadly consequences.

Symphony Residence of Lincoln Park Nursing Home Theft: It's More Common that You Think

rob-3645241_640.pngTheft in nursing homes is a common problem, and in some facilities, it happens so frequently it may as well be considered standard practice. Elderly nursing home residents have a right to have their financial assets and personal property protected by those responsible for protecting them. When employees steal from elderly residents in Illinois, facility owners, managers, and the wrongdoers can be held liable. Symphony Residences in Lincoln Park is one of the most serious offenders in the Chicago area. There is a long list of theft from residents in this facility and many others in the state.

Are Nursing Home Kitchens Endangering Residents?

soup-3310066_640.jpgPoorly maintained and operated nursing home kitchens place residents at considerable risk of food poisoning and other injuries. Nursing home operators have a duty of care to maintain these facilities and ensure staff members are properly trained in food handling procedures. Failing to adhere to established protocols and health standards is blatant negligence that can negatively impact the quality of life for residents.

How Physical Restraints Harm Nursing Home Residents

Thumbnail image for back view of a senior.jpgNursing homes in the United States continue to use physical restraints even though the risks of serious injuries are well known. Often used to make the work of caring for patients "easier," the restraints can negatively impact the nursing home resident's physical and mental health. When nursing home staff use these devices against medical advice or contrary to the directives of family, they may be guilty of nursing home abuse.

Protecting the Dignity of Nursing Home Residents in Chicago

back view of a senior.jpgNursing homes have a duty of care that includes protecting the dignity and general welfare of residents in their facilities. This includes protecting residents from verbal, physical, and emotional abuse. When nursing facility personnel neglect residents or deliberately cause them harm, they can cause permanent psychological and emotional trauma to the individual.

Nursing Home Abuse: Are Surveyors Doing Enough?

aging-2379003_640.jpgThe Government Accountability Office (GAO) says Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services surveyors may not be doing enough to protect nursing home residents from abuse. Current regulations leave many gaps in the records that allow abusers to slip through the cracks. Enhancing reporting standards will help regulators establish patterns of abuse so action can be taken against abusers in the nursing home industry.

Poor Incontinence Care Can Cause Physical and Emotional Injuries

hospice-1794351_640.jpgNeglectful incontinence care can inflict physical and emotional injuries on nursing home residents. Facilities and staff can be held liable for causing these injuries. When residents are not properly cared for, their emotional state declines and their physical health deteriorates. These wounds diminish their quality of life and can shorten their lifespan. 

Delayed Treatment in Illinois Nursing Homes

computer-3343887_640.jpgDelaying medical treatment in nursing homes can cause a resident's health to worsen. This common form of nursing home abuse can have deadly consequences for individuals in elder care facilities. When delayed treatments cause injury or wrongful death, nursing home neglect lawyers can help victims pursue claims of neglect and abuse against the perpetrator(s).

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